Category Archives: Tiles

Pattern Guy

For a little while I’ve been using a technique for my clay tiles in which I color the background (usually in black) and then take my Chinese bamboo brush and use it and various underglazes to fill in around a shape that I see only in my mind, until it emerges on the tile. Negative space painting, kind of, and something I learned from a book in the last year.

Anyway, for this tile, I did things a little differently. I colored it with random splotches of underglaze colors and then filled around it. The person emerged, dressed in a patterned personality. So did a grid of eyes.

I cannot explain. Don’t ask me how it all happened. It just did.

Terracotta clay, fired at cone 06, colored with velvet underglazes, January 2019.
Clay tile @ 7x7 multi-colored creature and eyes 1-192


There Are Always More

Here is an assortment of @ 2″ x 2″ clay tiles I made in January, 2019. I can’t stop making them, it seems – and why not, when they are so much fun? The small size keeps the design work simple and the sheer number of them means I can try anything I want. Just perfect.

White or terracotta clay, fired at cone 06, using Velvet underglazes for the coloring.

Clay tiles assortment of 2-inch tiles 1-20191

People. Just Some People

Here are a few tiles depicting people. Commercially-made terracotta tiles, colored with Velvet underglazes, fired at cone 06, fall 2018.

Gardening under a hot sun.
Look at these lovely flowers I just met. Maybe we are cousins – notice our matching blue spots.
My friend John G. thought this scene resembled an icon. I did not do it on purpose, but maybe it does.

Birds and What They Do

I like to portray birds. Because…

I like to watch birds in real life, in a casual kind of way – not to figure out a species or a type – I just like watching any kind of bird as it moves around our world.

Here are some bird tiles. The idea of being a bird has occurred to me and I wish I could figure out how to try it sometime. So far art is as far as I have gotten.

Commercially-made clay tiles, colored with Velvet underglazes, fired at cone 06, fall, 2018.

Going My Way

Some are going one way and others are not. No judgments. These guys are headed in the same direction, but to what destination each one aspires, the observer will have to wait and see.

Clay tiles, commercially made, colored with Velvet underglazes at cone 06, fall 2018.