David Clark was one of three December Pitch Presenters at Apartment Therapy’s December Design Meeting. They featured our tile shop back in 2010 and we finally got the chance to meet Maxwell Ryan and present a 5 minute pitch about ModCraft’s origins and design philosophy. Click here to link to David’s ModCraft Apartment Therapy presentation…
NY State Senator Terry Gipson paid a visit to the ModCraft facililty the day after we received the manufacturing award from Dutchess County Excellence and Development awards. Here are a few shots of David showing the Senator some of our new equipment and the process involved in making handmande wall tile. It was a pleasure to show him around ModCraft and it’s great to have a Senator who values small business efforts.
We are very proud to have been awarded the DCEDC (Dutchess County Economic Development Corporation) 2013 Business Excellence Award for Manufacturing. The support we get from our community is amazing and we are extremely happy to be here.
Here’s a link to info about all the recipients http://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/article/20131017/BUSINESS/131017008/VIDEO-Business-Excellence-Awards-tonight-Poughkeepsie
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ModCraft Hexon Tile 6″ x 6″…
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ModCraft was chosen again this year to be part of the Interior Design Spring Market Tabloid. Featured here is our ModCraft modern tile Roundhouse in our new stannic glaze. Thanks Interior Design Magazine.
Check out NYC architect Nandini Bagchee’s custom designed modern wall tile on her website- handmade by modern tile manufacturer ModCraft.
ModCraft is please to announce the winner of its Modern Tile Giveaway. Alexendra Williams is the happy winner of 10 sq. ft. of ModCraft Peak tile in Gloss White Glaze. She even tweeted a picture of the spot (see below) where she will be installing her new tile. Needless to say we are very happy for our winner, and excited to see the final results.
ModCraft Ceramics Studio in Beacon, NY
A Beacon couple takes interior design to a whole new level with their unique handmade modern wall tiles
By Alia Akkam Published December 24, 2012 at 05:35 PM
St. John and Clark in their barn/studio
Photographs by Michael Polito
Back when they lived in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, David Clark and Mary St. John — the husband-and-wife team behind Beacon-based ceramics studio ModCraft — were lucky enough to call a roomy loft home. While living there, they set up a kiln — where Clark (who specialized in custom lighting) and St. John (then a Fisher-Price toy designer) began experimenting, mixing bone china from scratch and making their own clay.
The smaller apartment that followed was more of a “work space than a place to live,” Clark recalls; yet amid cramped quarters the ambitious couple managed to perfect several lamp and tile designs, which they ultimately unveiled at New York City’s International Contemporary Furniture Fair. Soon, a Williamsburg shop started selling their pieces; eager for more space, a buoyed Clark and St. John moved to the Hudson Valley in 2006.
“We read an article in the New York Times on Beacon, and it sounded like what Williamsburg used to be,” Clark points out.
Clark and a friend from his native Virginia constructed a two-story timber barn on their property. That is where the couple — grad-school sweethearts who met at Pratt Institute while pursuing degrees in industrial design — hones their craft, firing stoneware clay and churning out durable porcelain tile collections for the kitchen, bath, and other spaces. “One woman used our tiles to frame some paintings and a mirror in her house,” says Clark. “People will sometimes use them as accents, behind a wood stove, around a fireplace, and of course in pools and fountains too.”
These days, the pair works with close to 50 distributors nationwide, and Clark notes that their tiles are popping up around the globe. “A designer in Russia; P.F. Chang’s restaurant in Texas,” he says. “But we’re happy to work with local people one-on-one by appointment too.”
Clark concedes that their wares are not cheap. “They’re handmade and priced like it,” he says, estimating that the tiles sell for anywhere from $45 to $90 per square foot. “This is not the kind of stuff you are going to find in Home Depot.”
Their latest tile, “Roundhouse,” graces the bathrooms in the two penthouse suites at the Roundhouse at Beacon Falls, the newly opened boutique hotel. This concave tile — “it has a unique shape, the tiles are long and thin and they taper towards the ends,” says Clark — looks decidedly glamorous in the iridescent stannic glaze. “It’s almost like a black chrome with oxidized highlights,” he says.
“The tiles are handmade and priced like it,” says Clark. “This is not the kind of stuff you are going to find in Home Depot”
There’s also “Dom,” which summons a vintage game of dominoes and cleverly reimagines grout lines behind bathroom sinks; and the multidimensional “Valley,” which can infuse, say, a kitchen backsplash with a retro vibe. While the pair often design together, St. John was solely responsible for the “Hudson”: A perennial favorite for its versatility, it uniquely melds the Art Deco and Arts and Crafts styles. “Moving from grid-like New York City to Beacon, and being surrounded by curvaceous mountainscapes and riverbanks, inspired a mix of nature with my own modern aesthetic,” St. John says about the tile. “The lines are reminiscent of the contours the Hudson River makes as it widens and narrows.”
The architecture of modernists like Eero Saarinen, and the design features of automobiles and airlines also subtly influence the work of Clark and St. John. “We take pieces and hints from things,” Clark notes, as seen in “InterLock,” which resembles large jigsaw puzzle pieces that can be placed in horizontal and vertical permutations alike. In 2013, the couple plans to debut six tile lines, spanning the ultramodern and classic, as well as softly curved lamps that embrace a bold color palette — which is a departure from their current roster of elegant, clear gloss-glazed pendant lighting.
Adding artisanal intrigue to installations is ModCraft’s array of glazes. Since tiles are hand-sprayed and fired in small batches, there are variations between each one, revealing layers of color and an alluring organic feel.
“The focus becomes more how our tile will enhance someone’s living environment,” explains St. John, comparing the art of designing tiles to toys. “It’s a nice feeling, and fascinating to think our tiles can do that for someone.”