Dolphins, forest animals and court houses. When it came to ceramic tiles this May, the 15th Annual Spectrum International Ceramic Tile Competition had it covered (in tiles, of course). This year's entries offered Spectrum judges an eclectic mix of fun and sophistication, with pieces inspired by art, architecture and nature.
The Spectrum Competition recognizes excellence in ceramic tile design. A panel of interior designers and architects judged this year's entries at Coverings, the tile industry's largest trade show, in balmy New Orleans. In addition to the prestige that accompanies a Spectrum award, winners received cash prizes ranging from $2,500 to $10,000.
In the residential category, Spectrum's Construction/Remodel Prize went to Gooseneck Designs of Westminster, Md., for a wildlife mural created for a Pennsylvania kitchen. The mural depicts a fox hunt, local wildlife and the family's house and barn. The three-dimensional piece includes a horse jumping a fence that extends out of a panel and high relief sculptures of a raccoon sharing a branch with squirrels. Andrew Marcone Tile and Marble Co. of West Chester, Pa. installed the mural. Gooseneck Designs manufactured the tile.
Next year's Spectrum Awards will be presented at Coverings 2002 in Orlando, Fla.