How to use the map
The Clayscape’s 192 square-foot tiles are on a grid to reference landmarks with numbers 1-24 going left-to-right across the top and letters A-G going top-to-bottom on the side.
Column numbers start in the western Nashville with the larger number columns making their way through town to the eastern part of Nashville- Donelson and thereabouts.
Here are some iconic buildings on The Clayscape
|The Ryman Auditorium||12C|
|Grand Ole Opry||21B|
|Centennial Park- Parthenon||6E|
|Percy Warner Park||1G|
|The Clay Lady’s Campus||18E|
|The Nashville Zoo||17G|
About the artist, Tamara Gentuso
What do you get when you mix a ton of clay, over a hundred jars of underglaze, a determined artist’s dream, and an art community like the one fostered here on The Clay Lady’s Campus? The Nashville Clayscape!
Conceived and created on The Clay Lady’s Campus by clay artist Tamara Gentuso (Tammy G), the work on this whimsical tile map began in May 2017. Three years later, in May 2020, all 192 square-foot handmade tiles were completed and installed. Circling this 8’ x 25’ folk art map is a border of 3-inch tiles made by people from the Nashville community, marking the completion of the Clayscape.
Warping the map grid to squeeze in the more densely populated areas, Tammy G created a separate template for each individual tile. Each building was hand crafted, each landmark sculpted, each home carefully carved and then underglazed with vibrant colors, mirroring Nashville’s colorful character.
With Nashville ever-growing and ever-changing, this public art installation serves as a snapshot, a sliver of time in the life of this beautiful city we have come to know and love…and call home.
Learn more about the creation of this piece
Read all about this iconic ceramic tile mural from inception to installation from this blog by the artist and designer. Celebrating an amazing community–both the Clay Lady Campus community and the wider Nashville community.