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Gilligan’s Island Revisited

For those of us of a certain age and geography, you know what I am talking about. For some reason this tile reminded me of Gilligan and his red shirt and white pants. He looks like he is about to get into trouble once again and then the Skipper will start yelling.

I didn’t do it on purpose, honest, but I loved that TV show and so this tile makes me happy for the memory and happy because – I like the colors of this tile, too.

Clay tile 2-19 person with red shirt @ 7 x 72


Sometimes I do another version of the same image. Here are couple of instances. I think you’ve seen all these images before, but not together.

(I think something went wrong with this post – I did it while back. And now I have no idea what I meant and it looks like some images are missing…so, just take a look at these for what they are, no theme at all!)

In the Rain

These tiles commemorate rain and suburbia, all in one.

Clay tiles, 4″ x 4″, Velvet underglazes on commercially made terracotta tiles,
fired at cone 06, January 2018.


Little White House Again

I’ve got a photo of a nondescript small white house. This photo fascinates me and I don’t know why. It’s just another house on a street like any other, but I really like it. I’ve made a small painting of it:

Now here is a tile. I warn you, I have a bigger painting of it, too, that I haven’t posted yet. Just wait.

The tile is 6″ x 6″, Velvet underglazes on a commercially-made white tile, fired at cone 06, October, 2017.

Clay Tiles 6″ x 6″ – Food, Everyday Life, and Memories

These tiles were inspired by photos I took last Thanksgiving at the Hotel Bethlehem in Bethlehem, PA, where we had lunch.

And some more…from here and there.

Throwback – Clay Comes Around Again

You’ve seen a lot of paintings lately with the Giveaway, so I think I’ll skip around with some other things I’ve been doing in the meantime. A little variety, what do you think?

One project I took on involved making tiles for a friend. She needed them to be a certain size, 4″ x 4″. I wanted to use standard sized commercial bisque tiles, but I found that the standard measurements are 4.25″ x 4.25″.

After a bit of hair-tearing-out, I found a source that supplied me with the correctly sized tiles in terracotta. I figured it didn’t matter that the clay body was not pale, because I’d be glazing over the whole surface. As it turned out, I think the darker clay enhanced the glazing.

So I set to work and made about 30 or so, so that my friend would be able to choose – she only needed about half that many. I photographed most of them, not all, and so I’ll present you with the pictures over the next few posts.

The photos are not the greatest, as the shiny glazed surface interferes with the picture quality, but – I think you can see what I’ve got here. Take a look. Next time I’ll explain my technique in glazing them.