Ceramic Tile Blues
November 4, 2011 § 2 Comments
Ceramic work, fresh from the kiln. Made by hand, here in Mae Sot, Thailand. This selection of tiles is from my ongoing work with the Puzzlebox Art Studio, an NGO that focuses on training Burmese migrant youth to be functional artists.
Many of these designs were inspired directly from the work of William De Morgan (1839-1917) and the Arts and Crafts Movement of the late 19th and early 20th century.
After varied degrees of success using different underglazes, I eventually gravitated towards the blue end of the spectrum. I found the blue, white and black underglazes to be the most consistent, stable, and beautiful of all my color options.
I designed the Knight Tile from a suit of armor, housed in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, in New York City. It is also a visual nod to the current television series, Game of Thrones.
The Peacock Tile is another piece derived from the beautiful work of William De Morgan.
These works, all made in 2011, are approximately 4 x 4” (10 x 10 cm). A collaborative venture, these tiles were sculpted by Thai ceramicist Komol Kongcharoen, and painted by myself.
Upon making the Moses Tile, I was surprised to learn from my Burmese apprentice that there is a similar story in Burma of an infant king hidden in a basket to be floated down a river.
To see more of my artwork, please visit MikeSchultzPaintings.com.