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6x8 Beach Birds - Sand
Tile with medium easel
Tile framed in 6x8 Oak frame
Tile framed in 6x8 Ebony frame

6x8 Beach Birds - Sand

6x8 Beach Birds is from “Charley Harper’s Animal Kingdom: A Portfolio of Prints” (originally titled “Strollin’ and Patrollin’”). We love the artist’s alliterative description of the scene: “Sanderlings scurry in seemingly synchronized strings seeking sustenance at the seashore. As we comb the beach for souvenir shells, these small stocky symbols of summer serenity run with the ebb and flow of the surf. Their bills can probe only a few centimeters, so they eagerly probe the soft sand exposed by the swirling, retreating water for crabs and other coveted crustaceans. For vacationers, a walk on the beach is a leisurely event. But these cute birds mean business.”
—   Charley Harper (1922–2007)

  • Motawi tiles are striking art pieces and installation accents. Each tile is made by hand and with heart in Ann Arbor, Michigan. We embrace variation and handmade beauty: Our time-honored methods produce a nuanced range of color with depth and translucence.
  • Actual Tile Size: Approximately 5 7/8” x 7 7/8”. As each Motawi tile is crafted by hand, dimensions may vary slightly by up to 1/16".
  • Tiles are 5/8" thick and have a notch at the back for hanging.

Easels are an elegant option for art tile display. Fabricated from powder-coated steel, our easels are locally made and feature durable single-piece construction.

  • Medium easel: holds any unframed tile larger than 3 inches (recommended for most of our tiles if unframed).
  • Large easel: holds any framed tile or any unframed tile larger than 4 inches.
  • Small easel: holds 3 and 4-inch tiles (unframed).

    Our quarter-sawn oak frames, handmade by Dard Hunter Studios, are available with a natural Oak or Ebony finish. They can hang horizontally or vertically, or perch on our large easels. Frame features include mitered corners and stapled joints.

    • This frame’s outer dimensions are 9-1/2" x 11-1/2".
    • Frame width is 2".
    • Any framed tile can pair with our large easel.
    • Note: Frame woodgrain and stain opacity varies.

      Description

      6x8 Beach Birds is from “Charley Harper’s Animal Kingdom: A Portfolio of Prints” (originally titled “Strollin’ and Patrollin’”). We love the artist’s alliterative description of the scene: “Sanderlings scurry in seemingly synchronized strings seeking sustenance at the seashore. As we comb the beach for souvenir shells, these small stocky symbols of summer serenity run with the ebb and flow of the surf. Their bills can probe only a few centimeters, so they eagerly probe the soft sand exposed by the swirling, retreating water for crabs and other coveted crustaceans. For vacationers, a walk on the beach is a leisurely event. But these cute birds mean business.”
      —   Charley Harper (1922–2007)

      • Motawi tiles are striking art pieces and installation accents. Each tile is made by hand and with heart in Ann Arbor, Michigan. We embrace variation and handmade beauty: Our time-honored methods produce a nuanced range of color with depth and translucence.
      • Actual Tile Size: Approximately 5 7/8” x 7 7/8”. As each Motawi tile is crafted by hand, dimensions may vary slightly by up to 1/16".
      • Tiles are 5/8" thick and have a notch at the back for hanging.

      Easels

      Easels are an elegant option for art tile display. Fabricated from powder-coated steel, our easels are locally made and feature durable single-piece construction.

      • Medium easel: holds any unframed tile larger than 3 inches (recommended for most of our tiles if unframed).
      • Large easel: holds any framed tile or any unframed tile larger than 4 inches.
      • Small easel: holds 3 and 4-inch tiles (unframed).

        Frames

        Our quarter-sawn oak frames, handmade by Dard Hunter Studios, are available with a natural Oak or Ebony finish. They can hang horizontally or vertically, or perch on our large easels. Frame features include mitered corners and stapled joints.

        • This frame’s outer dimensions are 9-1/2" x 11-1/2".
        • Frame width is 2".
        • Any framed tile can pair with our large easel.
        • Note: Frame woodgrain and stain opacity varies.