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Da Tree - The most exquisite tiled shower...and it is outdoors

Updated on November 5, 2008
Beautiful Tree
Beautiful Tree
Patti & Jerry's Finished Shower
Patti & Jerry's Finished Shower
The Functioning Shower
The Functioning Shower
The Blown Up Tree
The Blown Up Tree
Patti cutting the tree pieces
Patti cutting the tree pieces
Patti with many pieces
Patti with many pieces
Jerry laying the tree piece on the tile
Jerry laying the tree piece on the tile
Jerry making the pattern
Jerry making the pattern
One of the tools of the trade
One of the tools of the trade
What Precision
What Precision
Project partially completed
Project partially completed
Da Beautiful Tree
Da Beautiful Tree

Da Tree -The most exquisite tiled shower...and it is outdoors.

I have two talented friends, Patti & Jerry, who live in Seattle, Washington. They are incredible artisans and love working with pottery and tile. Last summer they said they were going to create an outdoor tiled showering space. I was intrigued...it always rains in Seattle. So I asked why? I wondered how many days a year it could be used?

I was totally blown away by their response, they said that in the last two years they have showered all but 10 days outdoors. On those days it was so cold the water lines froze.

Woah!

Year round outdoor showers, what a concept.

Then I asked why did they want to go to all this work? They have a functioning space...but that question fell on deaf ears. It was like asking a painter why they chose that specific shade of blue. It seems that artists are inspired to create, not think about trivia questions.

Personally I am glad they were wired that way, because when I saw the final project the answer in my brain was “Holy Moly, this is so cool...it is simply stunning.... Hmmmm, maybe they could make me one!

The outside tiled shower is attached to their bedroom. This means that not only can they use it daily but they can lay in bed and look at the beautiful tree while falling to sleep. How peaceful.

The tree design was originally on a T-shirt which Patti saw. She re-worked it and then had a drafting friend blow up her drawing up to actual size and then print out a pattern on his plotter.

She then cut out paper patterns which were placed over the rolled out clay. Once the pieces had been cut out, the clay was textured, cured, glazed and fired. This process took a very long time and couldn’t be rushed. The drying of the clay was critical. If it dried to quickly it would become very unstable and could crack and break before it was dry enough to fire.

Then came the challenge of cutting the tile to fit perfectly around the tree design. Jerry had to make precision intricate cuts in the tiles. As you can see his tile-work was outstanding and the precision adds to the beauty of the design.

Bravo is all I can say.

If you would like more information about how they created their final project Patti and Jerry can be reached at jerryn30@comcast.net.

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    • GPSWorldTraveler profile imageAUTHOR

      GPSWorldTraveler 

      8 years ago from Washington State, USA

      You are very welcome. I thought my friends did a beautiful job... I will pass on the compliment.

    • GPSWorldTraveler profile imageAUTHOR

      GPSWorldTraveler 

      8 years ago from Washington State, USA

      You are very welcome. I thought my friends did a beautiful job... I will pass on the compliment.

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      Maria Harris 

      8 years ago from Houston

      Cool enough to have an outdoor shower, and very cool to have one with such amazing tile work. Thanks for sharing.

    • GPSWorldTraveler profile imageAUTHOR

      GPSWorldTraveler 

      9 years ago from Washington State, USA

      I so totally agree.

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      gary 

      9 years ago

      Talented artist great idea

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