Molded and glazed by hand, artisan-made tiles are prized for their intricate designs, unusual finishes, and uniqueness—no two are exactly alike. And tile motifs drawn from nature are proving as popular today as they were during the heyday of American art pottery, in the early 20th century. From woodland creatures to exotic species to household pets, animal motifs are a whimsical way to personalize your rooms. Just take note: If you are planning to incorporate these heftier art pieces among field tiles, troweling on a thicker bed of thinset may be needed to create a flush look.
Here, 16 clay critters bound to bring on the warm and fuzzies.