A sampling of the Dutch-style tiles I hand glazed for an art show, and as gifts to friends. The animals and plants all live in the Pacific Northwest: I wanted to make tiles inspired by old Delft tiles, but I wanted them to speak of my life here, today, rather than a life centuries gone in Europe. Scenes of windmills and 17th century courtiers are not what the PNW is about.
I got started doing these tiles when we were remodeling the house and I wanted Delft tiles around the fireplace (my mother-in-law lives in Amsterdam, and my wedding ring is from an old jeweler’s in that town). Alas, I could not afford the real thing, and I didn’t want a printed copy. So I thought, How hard could it be to make some, myself?
A year of work later, I had my tiles.
I may make more at some point, but as of today (spring, 2014) my energies are going elsewhere, like to illustrating a middle-grade kids’ book I’m writing.