Clay Squared October Newsletter

Painted suitcase

Layl McDill's
Painted Suitcase
It is hard to fathom that Clay Squared to Infinity was started 20 years ago in the 3rd story of our Minneapolis home at the time. Layl was making painted suitcases, dolls, and Wingy Dingies and she was just starting to play with polymer clay. Now she is internationally known for her polymer Milliefore work. 

In 1996 Josh created a 10'x 10' studio in the attic and had just finished up an Architectural Tile Making class from Tile artist Carrie Esser at the Anderson Ranch in Colorado. He was experimenting with the first Medieval Floral tiles and what would
1st Clay Squared catalog
1st Clay Squared catalog
 later become his signature Cosmic Clouds and Spots. It was a time before internet and iphones. Josh was still working at the Walker Art Center as a Guard for $5.25 per hour. What did we have to lose by trying to start our own art businesses? Clearly we had everything to gain. We have never regretted our decision to pursue our art dreams. We want to thank all of you who have supported us by purchasing our work, showing up to our gallery openings and advising us through the years. We could not have done it without everyone. 

Layl and Josh 
Handmade Tile Project of the Month
Tile Mural Behind Stove
Tile Mural Behind Stove
Tile Mural Behind Stove
Choosing a decorative tile to feature in a kitchen sets the stage for how you envision one of your home's most used spaces. We recommend choosing colors, patterns and designs you have always loved to ensure you will never tire of the features you choose. Tiles behind the stove should not only be durable but also beautiful, adding character to any kitchen. This image shows 2" x 8" tiles in our Northshore glaze, with Coco Moon liners. The mural features a beautifully hand-painted Stone Hollow Tile surrounded by 3" x 3" field tiles. 

Tile making video series

A little taste of the kiln room. Josh is organizing mosaics on a kiln shelf to go into the kiln
Mosaic going into kiln
Mosaic going into kiln

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Healing Arts Exhibit

The Curious Clouds Crept

   Join Layl at the artist reception for her work at the Hudson Hospital on November 4th from 6:00 to 8:00.  There are thirteen other shows going on at the same time - lots of great art to see!  Located at:  405 Stageline Road,  Hudson, WI 54016

Halloween Themed  Silly Millies
Trick or Treater


Wicked Witch on a Bike

Silly Millies are slice-and-bake polymer clay millefiore canes.    
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Polymer Clay Classes
Upcoming Classes:
Intro to
Polymer Clay
Wednesday, October 26th 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Thursday, November 17th 6:30 to 8:30pm
Saturday, November 19th 11:00 to 1:00pm


Pet Cane Class
Layl is in the process of scheduling a Pet Cane class in December.  She only offers this advanced class every few years.  If you are interested please email her at

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About Us


Clay Squared to Infinity, LLC, is a handmade tile and polymer clay showroom / studio. 

Josh Blanc makes and sells handmade tiles and mosaics for installation in kitchens, fireplaces, bathrooms and as art tile.  Clay Squared offers the largest selection of historic reproduction tile lines in the United States.

Layl McDill makes sculptures and millefiore canes with Polymer Clay.   She exhibits at arts' festivals and teaches classes both at Clay Squared and around the country.

Thank you for following our adventures as artists!


Josh Blanc and Layl McDill
Clay Squared to Infinity, LLC