Michelle Griffoul is a third generation artisan working with bronze and creates amazing clay tiles that range from an underwater shower experience to a coffee cup backsplash all of which have that little bit of wimsey.
One of my favorite items to include in a shower was a fish or critter on the floor near the drain. Just something to give the homeowner a chuckle before starting their day.
From Michelle's web site, which I recommend visiting, is her bio below and lots of ideas for unique ways to make your home special. http://www.michellegriffoul.com/"For over thirty years, Michelle Griffoul has thrown, pushed rolled, torn, pit fired, raku fired, high fired, low fired, sun baked, flocked, painted and otherwise stretched the acknowledged limits of clay. The consummate clay artist, she is a classically trained potter with the eye of a painter and the production skills and sensibilities of a manufacturing engineer.
While receiving her B.A. and M.F.A. in ceramics, she spent a year at the International School of Ceramics in Florence, Italy. Through numerous gallery shows and public art commissions, Michelle became recognized as a master of the ceramic arts. This led to the creation of her current ceramic tile design and production studio.
With her sense of design and glazing techniques, Michelle continues to surprise clients by breaking through the traditional boundaries of tile."
I love her critters and placed them in showers, patios and bathroom floors for that little extra touch.
Michelle's bronze line is well priced and comes in several different colors to blend with fixtures and stone choices. They are solid metal from a lost wax process that was taught from one generation to the next and Michelle shares the beautiful results with all of us. Any of her clay pieces can be ordered in a huge range of colors so next time you want to really have some fun and let your playful side out, visit Michelle Griffoul Studios.