A lot of people ask us how Sporck Tileart came to be, how we got going, where our roots are from.
Our roots are Michigan roots and our roots go deep at that, traveling far down into the soil of Leelanau,
traveling east across the mighty Atlantic, and hailing to Norway, the heritage of our namesake.
Sporck Tileart made its beginning in 2001 by Leif Sporck. Leif was born into a life surrounded by
ceramics, his father a ceramic artist and instructor at the local college. Leif recalls playing with clay
and ceramic materials as early as he can remember, and he often reflects over old photographs from his
infancy and toddler years, playing with clay, making things with little, balled up fists, getting
immensely dirty in the clay as any child would love to do.
Leif grew up learning the techniques and methodology of pottery, clay, and ceramics from his father, a
renowned potter in the area and abroad. In 2001, a full grown adult with a college education and an
array of job skills, Leif went into business for himself making ceramic, artisan tiles. His goal was to
provide original art, affordable art, and versatile art for anyone who wanted to decorate their home and
not break the bank while doing it. Leif’s goal was also to make one-of-a-kind ceramic tile art that was
completely unique and unlike
other ceramic art out there. He has succeeded in both goals
Tiles and Ceramics that Customers
Sporck Tileart combines an art of tile making that has been around for centuries while also using
modern-day equipment and tools in the process. Leif uses much of the same methods his father taught
him all those years ago, with his own improvements and modifications. As the years went by, Leif
expanded the business further and further, making more tiles, more designs, and more happy
2010 was a monumental year for the company as Sporck Tileart acquired their gallery in historic
Fishtown, Leland. Around that same time, Sporck Tileart passed the benchmark for over
individual and unique tile designs.
Sporck Tileart has sold tens of thousands of tiles since opening in 2001. Our tiles can be used in
backsplashes, hung on walls, used as hotplates, coasters, or mounted in frames and mosaics. Our tiles
are affordable, handmade, hand carved, glazed and painted. All of our tiles are our own unique,
original designs. We have hundreds of designs to pick from, but we also take on custom orders if a
customer has something particular in mind that they’d like to see carved into a tile.
Our Commitment to Our Art
Sporck Tileart has been featured in multiple news broadcasts and local newspapers and periodicals.
The galleries in Historic Fishtown in Leland, on M204 in Suttons Bay, and on N. St. Joseph St in
downtown Suttons Bay have become staple landmarks for Leelanau. Sporck Tileart is now an expected
and anticipated presence at art fairs and festivals across the state year-round.
Leif sees no limit to where he will take his business in the coming years. With close ties to Norway,
Leif has been traveling to the land of his heritage for inspiration. He will soon open a gallery there, and
the business will keep growing every year.
The team at Sporck Tileart is passionate about our art and our mission to bring that art to as many
people as possible. All of our tile designs, styles, glazes, and framing options can be found, purchased,
and shipped right here from our site with minimal shipping fees and no handling charges.
Our art speaks to the community, the heritage, the wildlife, the peace of mind and tranquility that is the
hallmark of both Michigan and Norway. Our tiles are paintings in the third dimension, and our
customers love them as we love them. The past seventeen years have been an adventure for Sporck
Tileart, and we’re even
interested in where the next seventeen will take us!