Our Community, Our World
Here at Whistling Frog, Rick and I enjoy our environment and community. Every person and every business can play a vital role in making sure it is protected and nurtured. We like that a business can make a difference on a larger scale than we could alone. From preserving history with commemorative tiles, funding Parkinson's detecting dogs research, contributing to the care of our pristine Great Lakes and nature sanctuaries, to providing donations to institutions that provide our citizens with access to free art experiences and library learning, each tile we make donates to a cause. Every purchase made is supporting our small business and making our world a better place.
At Whistling Frog Tile Company, we understand the importance of preserving our resources. With our Earth's materials depleting, we aim to minimize our impact through the mindful practices we use in our business.
All of our clay and glazes are hand crafted by us using sustainable practices. LED lighting for the studio, water recycling, scrap clay and scrap glaze materials are captured and reprocessed.
We up-cycle packing supplies, office stationary and transport bins.
The carbon produced by commute to the studio? None. Live/Work spaces are instrumental in reducing a carbon footprint.
Additionally, we love our natural world and spread awareness and appreciation through motifs including Michigan wildflowers, endangered species, and treasured freshwater lakes. Find them featured on individual tiles and the in the landscapes of the Destination series.
We believe that paying attention and being mindful of business practices is what the world needs now. We thank you for your support.
Preserving the Great Lakes is important to everyone in America. $1 from each sale of every Destination tile in the Great Lakes watershed region is donated to The Alliance for the Great Lakes.
Safe spaces for nature to thrive. These havens are used by migrating species and are important for all nature enthusiasts. All of our Botanical tiles sold donate to the Michigan Nature Association. Each and every tile makes a difference in the lives of the things that burble, chirp, and buzz in these spaces.
For every dog tile sold, we donate $1 to P.A.D.'s for Parkinson's. This research group trains detection dogs. We know that our furry friends love to help. Now they're on their way to helping save lives.
For Every 4x4 & 6x6" Critter tile, we donate $1 to the The Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy. Little tiles matter too. They chip in thirty-three cents each time they go to a new home.
All Rick's Urban Industrial designs, letters, numbers and figurative tiles split their donations between our beautiful DIA, and the enriching Ferndale Public Library. The visual arts and literature are of equal import to us.
The DIA features free admission to all residents of the tri-county area. Thanks DIA, for enriching everyone's lives.
For the library we offer funding for the non-fiction audio book collection. It's our way to give back to the place that keeps our artist minds connected to the newest ideas and the greatest scholars by way of audio books. Thanks FPL for always being free.
We understand the importance of preserving our past for a richer tomorrow. Through our art, we are able to continue the traditions and techniques of the ceramic arts.
We create a variety of tile designs depicting historical locations, native species and traditional sculpting styles. Each historical tile is crafted by us to include elements vital to preserving it's past.
Tile restoration projects include the historic Spanish Court in the Detroit Institute of Arts, storefront Art Deco tile restoration in Eastern Market, Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown, Massachusetts, and the Albert Khan designed Franklin Hills Country Club.
If your organization would like a custom commemorative tile, we’re available for commission projects and would enjoy speaking with you.