I have been invited to exhibit at the Crow Valley Pottery on Orcas Island this summer so for the past several months I have been hard at work creating tiles, mermaids and seahorses. This is really an honor. Crow Valley Pottery is a wonderful place, with a huge yard where customers can wander among pottery, tiles and garden art created by Northwest artists. It’s fun to visit the studio to see works in progress and chat with artists and art lovers. They also have a shop in town and some of my tiles will be avalable for sale there.
Another honor I am enjoying is that of being chosen to create this year’s commemorative tile for the Artisan Tile Northwest group that I belong to. I was one of the founding members of this tile guild and we are celebrating our 10th year in 2015. Besides being a fun way for tile artists to connect, ATNW helps to raise public awareness about the range and diversity of tile being produced in the Northwest. My tile design has the Space Needle front and center, with Mt. Rainier in the background, Seattle’s Great Wheel in the foregound, some water, clouds and sky, and a crescent moon — all in a 4×4″ square. The tiles will be for sale as a fundraiser for the group at the November ATNW show, to be held at the Center for Urban Hroticulture this fall.
My next project for this summer is in response to a client request and also will be my entry in the theme exhibit at the November 2015 ATNW Tile Festival. The juried exhibit theme this year is “Best New Work.” The tile I am designing is 6″x12″ and will be a companion piece for my “Fishing the Falls” and “Northwest Natives” tiles, in the same retro style used for those but focused on the female — specifically, Sacajawea. The client wants a pair of these retro tiles for each side of the fireplace, glazed in full color.
WOW — it has been a terrific year so far and we’re only half-way through!