first made tiles for the kitchen of my new house -- yellow
tiles to remember the yellow kitchens of my childhood. Fifteen
years later, creative expression through tile design continues
to fascinate and challenge me.
have developed a line of tile tables in many shapes and
sizes. The tiles can be based on my standard patterns, or
developed as a custom piece.
custom tile work is based on designs first developed in
my pottery. Individual tiles can be used as a custom accent
to be set with commercial tile. My tile installations are
created through close collaboration with clients. Often
these are set into a special outdoor nicho.
times a year, once a season, I offer One Day Intensive Tile-Making
classes in my studio to share what I have learned. Usually
the classes fall in January, April, July, October. Limit
eight per class. $95 to make tiles from a 16"x20"
slab. Class times are 9am - 5pm, held in my studio in the
of Student Work
for Tile Making Class
Please note: these times are approximate (the day is really
quite loose) and
are mainly to give you a clear explanation of what will be
involved in the
making and decorating of your tiles.
9:00am- arrive at Kate's studio at Mimbres
Hot Springs, get a quick tour of
the studio and choose your work station. A 16"x20"
slab of clay and clay
tools will be a each work station
9:30- Kate demonstrates cutting tiles and
discusses plans the participants
have brought, or assists them in forming a plan. Participants
slabs into tiles.
10:00-Kate talks about her palate of colors,
presents the color combination
chart and demonstrates applying the colored slip to the tiles.
decide on field color for tiles and paint the colored slip
onto their slabs.
10:30- snack served while we wait for the
field color to dry a bit
11:00- Kate demonstrates methods of painting
and trailing the colored
slips. Participants practice brush strokes and slip trailing
on scrap clay.
We discuss methods of generating patterns and imagery, look
at books and
actual work, further developing ideas for decorating the tiles.
12:30- lunch break and/or working independently
2:30- participants finalize their plans and
decorate the tiles
3:00- finish decorating and correct mistakes
on a new slab, if necessary
4:00-Kate demonstrates a home-made slab roller
and presents other
information needed for participants to make tiles at home
4:30- Kate demonstrates setting tiles with
mastic and thin-set, and
grouting. We all clean up
5:00- I make arrangements to deliver your
finished tiles and we say
I will be giving you more handouts at the time of the workshop
Additional Information before the
It would be a good ides to have a basic sense of my color
visit L & I Arts on Bullard & Yankie or Four Red
Bats Gallery in the Murray
Hotel on Broadway where you can see examples of my work.
You can also
arrange a visit to my studio first if you so desire.
What to Bring
-a smock or grungy clothes
-a basic plan
for example, a 16x20 slab can be cut into 20 4" tiles,
making a border
80"x4", or it can be used to make a tile mural
that is 16X20, etc.
-a favorite brush, if you have one. It may not work with
the colored slips,
but it will be fun to find out
-color swatches, if you are concerned to have the tiles
fit into an existing
-paper & pencil for taking notes
-the rest of your payment=$95-50 deposit=$45 (if you decide
to make more
tiles than can be cut from a 16x20"slab, there will
be an additional charge)
I will provide
-care in curing, drying and firing your tiles
-delivery to you when your tile are fired
-advice on mounting your tiles
-handouts covering information presented
-lots of attention to your particular plan and the problems
-books and other materials for getting ideas
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