This weekend, November 1st and 2nd, is the Annual Tile Festival put on by Artisan Tile Northwest (ATNW) at the Center for Urban Horticulture in Seattle. There is always a theme exhibit at the show and this year the theme is "Feathered Friends." My entry is an assembled tile, 15" octagonal, inspired by the Native Legend, "Raven Steals the Sun." Created with stoneware and Midnight Black clay, glazed and oxidation fired to cone 5, with some post-firing embellishment.
A MURDER OF CROWS
Crows in flight are a beautiful thing to behold. A grouping of crows is called a murder. I am fascinated by the aerial ballet performed in silhouette by a group of crows. I toss out peanuts and watch their graceful jet-black bodies soar, swoop, dive, strut, grab the peanut and ascend. They follow me as I take my walks, and perform to get my attention and more peanuts. Their beauty and grace inspired me to create these sculpted tiles using Midnight Black clay, oxidation fired to cone 5.
MERMAID AND SEA CREATURES
This series was created at the request of a client who wanted to intersperse sea creature tiles with field tile in her shower. The mermaid tile is 6x12", the seahorse and "salmon lunch" tiles are 4x8" and the square sea creature tiles are 4x4". All are stoneware, glazed and oxidation fired to cone 6.