Organic and textural, Ann Sacks' new Blake Studios tile collection is an attention-grabber. Offered in three designs—Nautilus, Botanical and Dahlia—the tiles can be applied vertically or horizontally to create dramatic murals or used as accent pieces on a backsplash or fireplace surround. The Blake Studios pieces are handmade using the Italian Old-World technique of sgraffito carving, which means "to scratch." To achieve its 3D surface, the clay is draped over spacers, wet clay is then brushed onto white porcelain clay and when almost dry, the design is carved in relief. The 11-in. x 11-in. tiles should be specified for indoor installations and are available in 18 colors.