I am pleased to say that 2015 closed out on a high note. My Sacajawea tile “Women’s Work” was a big hit at the ATNW Tile Festival in November, winning the Tile heritage Prize and the Peoples Choice Award. This is my third time inning in 10 years. The client for whom I undertook the design and execution of this tile was pleased with the result and I got to see the fabulous house where it and my Northwest Natives tile will flank a beautiful fireplace.
I also made a hit with my 4×4″ ATNW Commemorative Tile, “The Emerald City,” Twenty five of them were created and sold as a fundraiser for Artisan Tile Northwest. I had been planning this tile for a long time so it was satisfying to bring it into the world. There is a lot to love about our Seattle view, and most of it is in this tiny picture. except a ferry. That’s another tile.
In December, at the request of a friend, I created a little 3×3″ deeply sculpted tile of a raven. I call it “Little Raven,” in the assumption that there might be a Big Raven tile someday.
My work at Crow Valley Pottery sold well, but creating it took up too much time last year. I am not cut out to be a production potter/tile maker. I would much rather spend my studio time designing and creating new tiles.
For 2016 I am already working on a number of new ideas. First is a pair of 4″ round tiles which will be inset in an artisan-made bench, to be sited in a primo spot at Breitenbush Hot Springs. Next is a special tile I am designing specifically for Crow Valley Pottery on Orcas Island, featuring Orca whales. And on the back burner I’m cooking up a triptych of three 6×6″ tiles of a crow’s eye view, featuring a crow’s eye view of a crow silhouette in the foregound and a landscape in the background.
This month my webmaster will add a new segment to my website called Early Work. This will show samples of my drawings, paintings and prints going back to my college days. My artwork has covered a lot of ground over the years and, taken together, some might see hints of how I evolved into an award-winning the tile maker.