The Process

A basic clay tile can be (though not limited) handmade slab-built, press-molded, or manufactured at an industrial scale. A tile is considered by many, to be a canvas surface for expressing art, utilizing a wide range of techniques such as, painting, photography and printmaking.  The accent tile line is created using high quality Italian porcelain tiles. Porcelain tiles are made by pressing porcelain clays and high firing to produce  a dense, impervious, fine grained surface and body. The tiles are very durable and suitable for exterior use as well.                                                                                                                                                 My approach to tile art evolved from my earlier work with stained glass and sandblasting. Sandblasting is a powerful tool for etching designs into glass and other hard surfaces, such as porcelain. A mask, using photoresist film is made from my original pen and ink drawings and applied to the tiles. The tiles are sandcarved, rendering a subtle relief and template for glazing.

This process allows for the repetition of design patterns. However, each piece retains a uniqueness from the hand brushwork of glazing. The glazed designs are kiln fired to 2124° F and create a permanent decorative finish, requiring minimal maintenance.