I have long been inspired by the tiles of the late 19th Century that were influenced by the Aesthetic Movement. While never simply copying designs, I have attempted to render ideas and motifs in manners that would complement antique tiles, or provide qualitative substitutes. Custom designs for specific applications are always of interest.
"While still creating individual tiles, I now prefer to approach my designs as exercises in overall pattern-making utilizing subunits yet being unconstrained by those individual units' physical dimensions. At the same time, I respect each unit's contribution to the whole and do not merely apply the image arbitrarily to the field of tiles. As an example, the "Rococo Chinoiserie" pattern shown below is based upon two 8" by 8" tiles, each matching the other on all four sides, allowing the image to expand to any dimension. With the addition of the matching top and bottom 2" by 8" bordering elements, additional flexibility is added to the vertical dimension.
"Rococo Chinoiserie" a two tile alternating match scheme
Inspired by the delicate engravings of Pillement, I created this tile as a substitute for painted papers in areas such as tub surrounds that would be impractical for their installation. Companion top and bottom border tiles allow a great deal of dimensional flexibility in installation.
TILE A: shown is an actual 8" by 8" Seneca quarry paver with design fired in a dark blue.
MATCHING SCHEME AB over BA
with matching top and bottom bordering tiles
As demonstrated, the overall effect is more related to fabric repetitions than the grid-like patterns of individually decorated tiles. I conceived these as a decorative alternative for those splash prone places such as backsplash and bath areas where papers or fabrics are impractical.
TILE B: original ink drawing
"TREE OF LIFE" 12 tile panel
In addition to the designs executed in decals, I have explored the possibilities of adding colors by the use of china pigments which are second fired to become permanent. Lead free paints are available for the decoration of tablewares and other such items.
"ASH WEDNESDAY SERIES"
Related designs for collages, tiles and various items.
While walking on Magazine Street in New Orleans on the day after Mardi Gras, I observed an early flowering magnolia tree festooned with the everpresent strings of beads. Inspired by this sight, I began generating drawings which form the basis for the creation of collages, ceramic tiles, and various other products. Combining these works with other New Orleans related details, this series evokes the unique spirit of the Crescent City.