This book is for advanced users, familiar with clay techniques and tools. You should also be comfortable working in Photoshop or similar program. The book takes you step by step through designing your fireplace, laying it out, tile by tile, in Photoshop. You then use your to-scale digital drawings as templates for cutting and carving your own unique fireplace tiles. The author provides practical tips and insights all along the way, based on 30 years of experience as a master tile artist. You'll learn how to make plaster molds of your prototype tiles, and even how to frame out and build your own fireplace frame, so you can mount your new tile surround to your own fireplace. Practical tips and advice help you every step of the way.