I first became interested in tilework as part of a kitchen remodeling project many years ago. My vision was to add character, a sense of place, and bring a sense of the beauty of the natural environment into my home with handmade accent tiles. Although I didn’t find the perfect tile at the time, the search ultimately led me to enroll in a tile-making class at a local pottery studio. This began an utter obsession with clay.
I find the tile “canvas” an irresistible lure for incorporating detail, texture and the vibrancy of color. My inspiration is drawn primarily from the outdoors and the beautiful place I live. A walk in the woods or a drive down the road often sparks a new idea for a tile. I am also inspired by the many subtle aspects of design in various formats, whether it be the texture and pattern of a rug, the lines of a wrought iron fence or the color palate of a stained glass window. The possibilities are all around and always vying for my attention.
My technique has evolved through a process of trial and error and self-directed study. I enjoy infusing my tiles with detail and am always exploring new avenues for expression. My path has taken me from the first classes at the local pottery studio to my own home studio within sight of the San Francisco Peaks.
My current focus is making decorative accent tiles for use as freestanding art pieces or to be incorporated in permanent indoor installations. My hope is that my tiles will bring a touch of character, a sense of place, or a sense of the beauty of the natural environment into a room.