Ceramic Tile Work in Process

October 23, 2011 § Leave a comment

I have always enjoyed the process of working with clay. It is a wonderful, malleable substance, and for me, sculpting with it feels like making a drawing in 3-D.

In the process of carving heart tiles.

Recently, I was commissioned to make a painting of a Lion in a Garden of Trees. After a dialogue with the patron, I proposed that a ceramic tile, depicting a heart, be inlaid into the wooden frame that will hold the painting. As an icon, the heart tile will tie in seamlessly with the concepts behind the finished artwork.

The first version of the heart tile, with beveled edges.

These pictures are of four versions of the heart tile so far.  Each one is slightly different from the others. Eventually, after they are fired, they will be glazed with a simple white, and then with a clear finish.

The second and third versions of the heart tile, with raised borders.

The four heart tiles drying.

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