Contoured Photographic Tiles
A specialized version of bas-relief known as emaux ombrants (light and shadow) was an art form practiced primarily in the 19-century. Evocative images were captured in this media to create charming and affordable decorations for the home.
The technique consisted of sculpting an image in low three dimensional relief. The sculpture (in high quality whiteware ceramic) had a layer of colored transparent glass fused to its surface creating the tonality of light and shadow.
Vanished Shadows Studio
Begun by John Ranney in 1998, Vanished Shadows is a small ceramic studio resurrecting the emaux ombrants technique. Now you too can enjoy this technique applied to a series of powerful images from the American frontier days.