By: Duane Blankenship | Category: Home Improvement | Issue: September 2007
A custom tile blend has been produced to enhance a client’s bathroom.
Tammy Wise, owner of Tile Shack Mosaic Supplies, says her company was located in Shawnee for over four years before moving to its current location in Owasso two months ago. “Our glass tile products, accessories and services appeal to homeowners, architects and crafters from all over,” she says. “Interior designers from Chicago, Florida, Idaho and, literally, all over the world do business with us.” The Tile Shack ships full sheets of solid colors, patterns and blends to builders who then complete the installation process themselves.
Wise says her operation has always enjoyed a worldwide Internet following. She is now enjoying the walk-in business she is getting from residents of Owasso and surrounding areas.
Anyone who is remodeling, especially a kitchen or bathroom, would take pleasure in visiting the Tile Shack for a variety of ideas. Wise loves to talk with customers about the company’s do-it-yourself home projects; she offers suggestions and explanations about materials and tools needed to complete the job. Tile Shack even offers a variety of how-to classes. Beginners are introduced to proper surface preparation of backer boards, how to install glass tiles, as well as proper grouting to make jobs professional and permanent.
Ideas for utilizing glass tiles in the home include flooring, showers and backsplashes. Colorful and creative decorations can be made from vases, serving trays and picture frames.
Tammy Wise, owner of Tile Shack, displays popular glass tile blends.
New at Tile Shack is the AfterGlow line of glass tiles. The imported AfterGlow products are available in 21 colors that cover the spectrum, in addition to gold and silver. Each tile piece is made of clear glass with bottom backings of color. Tiles pick up available light to give spectacular color effects.
Wise has been featured in such publications as “Glass Craftsman Magazine.” One previous article went into detail about her love of both math and glass tiles. Tying both interests together, the article gave exacting instructions on using mathematics in mosaics. Another article covered Tesserae, the art of using any available materials in designing and making mosaics. Tile Shack’s created blends have also been featured in “Architectural Magazine.”
Tile Shack, located off 76th Street and west of Highway 169 in Owasso, might be a little difficult to find on your first visit. The quaint retail shop is located north of Waffle House behind Napoles, formerly Arizona Mexican Restaurant.
Stop by Tile Shack today and gather great ideas for your next remodeling or crafting project. An array of great products and materials are available, along with great advice and information.
Blankenship graduated from the University of Oklahoma and has enjoyed a lifetime career in advertising. He started his own advertising business in 1993 and enjoys creating graphic art and writing. Hobbies include hunting, fishing and pencil drawings. Duane and his wife, Janice, have been married over 50 years and are active in their church and community. He has been a contributing writer for Value News/Values Magazine since 2005.