Zech Studio

Zech Studio Ceramic art and tile by artist Barbara Zech

Open by appointment. Zech Studio is an independently owned and operated, fully equipped ceramic studio of artist and sole proprietor Barbara Zech; specializing in ceramic art and handcrafted ceramic tile for public art, home, or businesses. Projects include kitchen backsplash, fireplaces, and fine art.

Currently on the layout table...pulling together a collection of more new #handmadetile samples for a local design showr...
06/11/2019

Currently on the layout table...pulling together a collection of more new #handmadetile samples for a local design showroom.
More details to come later!
Help me spread the word about my studio business by sharing with Indy interior designers and homeowners! Cant find a specific style at commercial tile shop?! I can create custom handmade tile in any color or pattern imaginable for homes, restaurants, community mosaics, etc. 🎨 ✋🤚
#interiordesign #fireplacetile #backsplashtile #handmadeceramictile #handglazed #tiledesign

05/26/2019

Fun elementary school benches project I did with kids in 2015

Custom glazed subway tile fresh from the kiln, test run for a client’s kitchen backsplash. This tile was hand painted wi...
05/02/2019

Custom glazed subway tile fresh from the kiln, test run for a client’s kitchen backsplash. This tile was hand painted with multiple layers of three different glazes to achieve the mottled jewel tone look. Are you looking for a special color of subway tile that you can’t find any place else? I can customize a glaze color for you!
Contact me to discuss options. Possibilities are endless!

Throwback Thursday! #TBT I was having a funny conversation with another clay artist recently about how it seems like all...
04/25/2019

Throwback Thursday! #TBT I was having a funny conversation with another clay artist recently about how it seems like all sculptors go thru a "pod" phase. (or is it mostly female sculptors?) Had to dig up this work from around 2002 "Amalgamated Forms"
I went thru a pod phase nearly 10 years prior to that, with handmade paper, beeswax and paper clay way back in art school in the 90s but of course those images are in "slide" format, from the dark ages! #feelingold 👵

I felt the urge to share...because I'm currently assembling another pod-like scultpural form for an upcoming show at Fountain Square Clay Center. Apparently these things occur in 10 year cycles (?) LOL 😂

This popped up in my feed today, and felt like sharing a story. ;) Vincent Van Gogh is one of my all time favorite artis...
04/24/2019

This popped up in my feed today, and felt like sharing a story. ;)
Vincent Van Gogh is one of my all time favorite artists. I've visited the Van Gogh Museum multiple times and always moved by the experience.
I referred to his landscape paintings when I created a 20 ft. panoramic mosaic of "Indiana Plains" several years ago for Joys House adult daycare. Scientific research supports the fact that art can help people relax in healing environments, specifically art depicting nature. And, art with a horizon line helps patients with dementia and Alzheimer's feel more grounded, which is why I proposed the panoramic Indiana plains for the adult care facility.

‘Life in the abstract is already a riddle, reality turns it into a riddle within a riddle’, wrote Vincent to Theo in 1882. What is it about Vincent van Gogh and his paintings that never fails to inspire us? Is it the colours, his life story or his words? Let us know what you think is so special about Vincent! Vincent van Gogh, Wheatfield under Thunderclouds (1890) View the highlights of our collection: http://vangogh.nl/7cAL30o03OR

Happy Earth Day! Earth day is every day when you work in clay! ;)*not my work*I enjoy finding inspiration from other mak...
04/22/2019

Happy Earth Day! Earth day is every day when you work in clay! ;)

*not my work*
I enjoy finding inspiration from other makers. I've always admired Motawi Tile and was pleased when a client brought this very image to me as inspiration for a historic arts and crafts style fireplace. Currently a work in progress, will post pics when its finished (we put our own twist on it of course: different glaze colors, tile sizes, and a special accent tile that tells a family story).

Happy Earth Day Motawi friends!
http://bit.ly/PineCollageFireplace
#motawi #motawitileworks #happyearthday #tilefireplace #pinetrees

I’ll have a few lil things for sale, along with several other talented artists and ceramicists First Friday, May 3rd at ...
04/19/2019

I’ll have a few lil things for sale, along with several other talented artists and ceramicists First Friday, May 3rd at Fountain Square Clay Center
Great opportunity to pick up Mother’s Day gifts!

Planter Sale poster created by @crisrivasceramics Getting ready for our annual sale. @fsq_bonsai

The Chicago Mosaic School
04/15/2019

The Chicago Mosaic School

Our hearts are with those in Paris. A stained glass window from Notre Dame, artists unknown.

Flashback Friday Funny 😂
04/05/2019

Flashback Friday Funny 😂

Proof we’ve been complaining for thousands of years 🤣🤣

That was a cool earth art project! "Centering" a community project made with participants at the art center, of unfired ...
04/02/2019

That was a cool earth art project!
"Centering" a community project made with participants at the art center, of unfired clay and mulch, based on the ancient, classic 7 circuit labyrinth found in different culture around the world.

This weekend is your last chance to walk the labyrinth I made at the Indianapolis Art Center sculpture park last year. It was intended to be a temporary piece, and will be dismantled next week. Special thanks to the art center, and SmallBox NICE grant for this opportunity. And thanks to those who helped install !! It was a new type of project for me, I really enjoyed the process, and seeing the community interact with it, and watching it change with the weather. I've been documenting its changes through the seasons and will post the project on my website soon barbarazech.com

Motawi Tileworks
03/17/2019

Motawi Tileworks

Our Emerald Armitage Medallion tile mural is inspired by the architectural style of Chicago pioneer Louis Sullivan and seems to be the best way to say, Happy St. Patrick's Day!

There are still spots available in my Tile and Handbuilding class at Fountain Square Clay Center Starting March 14th, Th...
03/08/2019

There are still spots available in my Tile and Handbuilding class at Fountain Square Clay Center
Starting March 14th, Thursday evenings 7-9:30 for 8 weeks
(student work from last session pictured below)
We will be making tiles for coasters, address numbers, etc. and cover various handbuilding techniques to create functional pottery or sculptural clay work!

Starting 8 week classes this coming week. Barbara Zech has done public tile installation projects in Indianapolis including on our canal and Fletcher Place. Learn some basic hand building and slab working techniques in her Thursday 7-9:30 class. @brbzch

"As it turned out, pottery makes a perfect phone substitute. It’s manually challenging and demands concentration for hou...
03/04/2019
Do Not Disturb: How I Ditched My Phone and Unbroke My Brain

"As it turned out, pottery makes a perfect phone substitute. It’s manually challenging and demands concentration for hours on end. It gets your hands dirty, too, which is a good deterrent to fiddling with expensive electronics."

This is a great article about "digital detox" and, a great reason to try out a class at Fountain Square Clay Center! Shameless plug - I'll be teaching another Adult tile and hand building class Thursday evenings there this spring, and the clay center also offers lots of classes on the pottery wheel.

I couldn’t read a book, watch a full-length movie or sustain a long conversation. Late last year, I decided enough was enough.

I’ve been a fan of Stan Bitters’ work for decades, his large scale clay relief walls are amazing. I cherish his signed b...
02/12/2019
Stan Bitters Documentary to Screen During Modernism Week 2019

I’ve been a fan of Stan Bitters’ work for decades, his large scale clay relief walls are amazing. I cherish his signed book that I have. Glad to see him getting this recognition!

"Modern Primitive", a documentary film about sculptor Stan Bitters, will screen at The Shops at Thirteen Forty Five in Palm Springs during Modernism Week.

#flashbackfriday "Wall Jewels" 2008glazed, stamped and carved terra cotta Friends,I'm planning a studio sale to clear ou...
02/08/2019

#flashbackfriday
"Wall Jewels" 2008
glazed, stamped and carved terra cotta

Friends,
I'm planning a studio sale to clear out old work and make room for tooling up / improving my tile business...and setting up a tile press!
I have various ceramic wall pieces, and some handmade paper art. Different sizes, some framed some not. These pieces would be great for people looking to collect orginal art on a budget, or for decorating show homes, restaurants, and offices. If you're interested in a private preview please contact me to set up an appointment for a studio visit via messenger or email: [email protected]
I'll be posting Opening Sale dates later this month, and more pics of pieces available; work dating back to 2003. 😳😲Don't worry, I don't plan on putting the 90's stuff back out there in the world. LOL!
(A few pieces from this series pictured below are still available!)

Happy Chinese New Year!Year of the Pig! 🐖
02/05/2019

Happy Chinese New Year!
Year of the Pig! 🐖

When pigs fly…in #subwayart. Happy Year of the Pig! #ChineseNewYear

Image: Detail from Petr Sís [Peter Sis]’ “Happy City” (2004) at 86th Street (4,5,6) station.
#MTAArts #PeterSis #yearofthepig #lunarnewyear

02/01/2019

More memories....pics from the mosaic mural project at the hospital in Kenya a few years ago...follow up on the stuff I shared last week ;) Missing the Kenya sunshine and my pals!
I haven't been able to work in my studio here in Indianapolis for a few weeks due to the severe cold, my heat can't keep up and the clay is too cold to handle. Looking forward to getting some new projects going for 2019 sooooon!

01/28/2019

Wonderful memories of this project: a 10 ft. mosaic wall mural in the cancer hospital in Kenya with the group I've worked with since 2005.

01/12/2019
Animals Doing Things

I have a strict "No Ghost references" policy in my clay classes, but this I can allow. 😂😂😂

Frenchie does pottery 🎶

Picasso's ceramics in Michigan!?! I saw a special exhibit of his ceramic works at the Ft. Wayne art museum several years...
12/26/2018
The History of Picasso Ceramics: How Picasso Changed Pottery Forever

Picasso's ceramics in Michigan!?!
I saw a special exhibit of his ceramic works at the Ft. Wayne art museum several years ago, very inspiring! Another great reason for a trip to Michigan.

Between 1946 and 1973, Pablo Picasso created a breathtaking collection of original ceramic works. Over the past fifty years, Park West Museum has developed one of the largest collections of Picasso ceramics in the world. Our current collection includes 98 individual works, covering a broad range of....

Just a reminder, my annual studio open house that was tentatively scheduled for Friday has been canceled. You can still ...
12/21/2018

Just a reminder, my annual studio open house that was tentatively scheduled for Friday has been canceled. You can still purchase my work at the following shops in Indy:
Handmade Promenade downtown
Gallery 924 at the Arts Council
Inner Balance massage+bodywork
Green Men Art Gallery

I'm still filling orders and working on custom tile commissions....So please contact me if you'd like to schedule a studio visit!

Looking for weird local gifts? 😁 Check out Handmade Promenade, they have some of my work, along with various other aweso...
12/13/2018
Weird Local Gifts

Looking for weird local gifts? 😁 Check out Handmade Promenade, they have some of my work, along with various other awesome makers!

There are so many places where you can grab a real conversation starter of a gift in Indianapolis. Everyone has a friend they refer to as a bit of a wildcard; they’re the ones with incredibly specific taste in all their hobbies and collectibles, inscruta

12/13/2018
EDIT: Open house canceled! 😞 Zech Studio annual open house has been canceled for Friday December 21st. I will be having ...
12/04/2018
The First Day of Winter: Winter Solstice 2018

EDIT: Open house canceled! 😞
Zech Studio annual open house has been canceled for Friday December 21st. I will be having a studio sale later in 2019. Thanks everyone!

Winter Solstice fun facts from The Old Farmer's Almanac:
https://www.almanac.com/content/first-day-winter-winter-solstice

Celebrate the First Day of Winter 2018–19 with Winter Solstice facts, folklore, FAQs, and more! See the exact date and time of the Winter Solstice, which marks the astronomical first day of winter. Learn more from The Old Farmer's Almanac!

Festive handmade tile pendants in the works for upcoming holiday sales. These necklaces will be at Fountain Square Clay ...
11/28/2018

Festive handmade tile pendants in the works for upcoming holiday sales. These necklaces will be at Fountain Square Clay Center on Dec. 7th, or by appointment at my studio ....contact me to schedule time to stop by!

Getting these cardinal ornaments ready to go in the kiln for Handmade Promenade for Small Business Saturday They'll have...
11/19/2018

Getting these cardinal ornaments ready to go in the kiln for Handmade Promenade for Small Business Saturday They'll have a complimentary hot cocoa bar and free swag bags on Saturday!
Stop by and check out all the fun stuff they sell by various artists. Lots of Indiana themed gifts. Located on College Ave just around the corner south of 45 degrees sushi bar.

11/02/2018
Handmade Promenade

Check out the @Handmade promenade pop up shop downtown Indy! So many great vendors and unique handmade gifts.
I have a few items for sale there, and will be stocking more new gifty things later this month!

We did it! Our doors open tomorrow at 11am for our 8th Annual Holiday Pop Up Shop! Come see us this weekend!

I'm teaching a 4 week Tile Making class starting tomorrow evening at Fountain Square Clay Center! Thurs. 10/25 7pm-9:30p...
10/24/2018
Pottery Classes in the basics of clay

I'm teaching a 4 week Tile Making class starting tomorrow evening at Fountain Square Clay Center! Thurs. 10/25 7pm-9:30pm
Spots still available! Learn the basics of handmade tile. We will focus on simple coasters, address numbers, tile trivets, plaques, mosaics, and will go over techniques for tile installation. You will learn plenty of tips to embark on a large tile project later on, but you won't have time to make your own backsplash in this 4 weeks ;) This is an introductory class, open to all levels of ability.
Register on their website, click on classes, go to 4 week classes on the drop down menu, and select the tile class!
https://fountainsquareclaycenter.com/classes/

Pottery classes are available in the fundamentals of working with clay. The studio has One Night Classes to try pottery and 7 week classes in ceramics.

If you're out and about in Indy later today, stop by the Circle City Industrial Complex and buy a handmade face jug at I...
10/20/2018

If you're out and about in Indy later today, stop by the Circle City Industrial Complex and buy a handmade face jug at Indy Urban Hardwood. Proceeds go to art education for inner city youth!
I'm happy to have participated in this awesome collaboration with so many other great artists. I sat at the wheel and threw several pieces for others to decorate.

We are having a nice fall party today at the studio from 3 to 9. Come support local art and get you a face jug!! Just in time for Halloween!!

Finished! I'll have to take some more pics after the sun goes down. Hard to capture the details with the sun shining in.
10/16/2018

Finished!
I'll have to take some more pics after the sun goes down. Hard to capture the details with the sun shining in.

Grouting in progress.The grout will dry a few shades lighter, creating more contrast in the tile pattern (dark/charcoal ...
10/16/2018

Grouting in progress.
The grout will dry a few shades lighter, creating more contrast in the tile pattern (dark/charcoal metallic grey tile with light grey grout).

Work in progress....kitchen backsplashHandmade terra cotta tile with satin metallic glazes by Zech Studio
10/14/2018

Work in progress....kitchen backsplash
Handmade terra cotta tile with satin metallic glazes by Zech Studio

In honor of #globaldayofclay here are some ceramics pics I've taken from around the globe!
10/11/2018

In honor of #globaldayofclay here are some ceramics pics I've taken from around the globe!

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Indianapolis, IN
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