I am creating a scenic tile surround for my fireplace. The clay has a shrinkage rate of 9%. Do I take the measurements of the fireplace and add 9% then build the surround on that scale? What about space for the grout lines? The tiles won't be square....they'll be cut to work with the design of the scene (hopefully). This is the first time I've taken on a project this large and involved. I want to make sure my measurements are correct so it all fits properly. Thanks for any help and advice.
MossyrockMember Since 22 Aug 2010
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I have always enjoyed creating art using things I find in nature. Several years ago I attended a festival event where a potter was demonstrating throwing on the wheel ..... I was instantly hooked. I started taking classes at the Sawtooth School for Visual Art in Winston-Salem, NC and now have a studio in my home and occasionally teach at the Sawtooth School. I am primarily a handbuilder, but occasionally work on the wheel. Although I make some functional pieces, I gravitate more toward creating art that can be used in landscaping. In addition to working with clay, I also make concrete sculptures, and sometimes combine the two. If I'm not in my studio, I am probably on the lake bass fishing or working in my flower gardens. I am retired and enjoying doing the things I wasn't able to do while working . In addition to fishing, I enjoy reading and traveling.
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