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Frog Tile  |   Loon Tile   |   Turtle Tile  |   Dragonfly Tile  |  Blue Heron Tile  |  White Perch Tile

Tile mural of six lake critters.

  • This series of tiles illustrates the aquatic wildlife at Forest Lake, Maine, observed in proximity to my home studio, including five tiles each of six images: frog, turtle, loon, dragonfly, small mouth bass and white perch, for a total of 30 tiles in all.
  • Ceramic tiles are formed of porcelain sheets (preformed Keraflex) and their surfaces are decorated with photo silk-screened images of the life forms.
  • Silk-screening for these tile works are each six-part color screens. When the silk-screening is done, each tile is kiln fired to cone 04.
  • Then the coloration is enhanced with layers of glazes and China paints, and refired to cone 018 after each layer has been applied.
  • At the conclusion of the project, tiles representing all six images are mounted together as a tile mural.
  • Construction sequence:
    • Images are silk-screened on flat Keraflex tiles with eleven color passes.
    • First fired to cone 04.
    • Layers of glazes and China paints applied.
    • Refired to cone 018 after each glaze and China paint layer is done.
  • Date: 2011-2012.
  • Size: Tiles 7" x  5" each; tile mural grouted and framed 24.0" x 12.5".
  • Available for purchase:
    • Price $80 each.
    • Entire six-part mural $420 unmounted.
    • Framing and hanging at additional cost depending on complexity and materials.
    • One iteration sold.





     Enlarged view of Frog Tile.


Enlarged view of Turtle Tile.


Loon Tile enlarged view.


Enlarged view of Dragonfly Tile.


Enlarged view of Blue Heron Tile.


Enlarged view of White Perch Tile.








Porcelain tiles are photo silk-screened with six-part colors.

  • The artistic process begins by decorating the surfaces of five porcelain tiles by image transfer of a frog image with six-part photo silk-screening. One such preliminarily colored tile is shown here.
  • The silk-screened tiles, when silk-screening process is completed, are initially fired to cone 04.

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China paint for enhancement of coloration of another frog tile. 

  • After firing, China paints are applied on top of the silk-screened frog image on the tile surface to provide delicate details and enhancement of colors.

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Another tile with China paint embellishments, ready for refiring.

  • The tile is fully layered with China paint embellishments atop the silk-screened image.
  • The work is now ready for its refiring to cone 018.
  • Additional layers of China paints are added, followed by further kiln firings to complete the tile piece.

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Photo silk-screening images of a loon applied to ceramic tiles.

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Silk-screened and embellished with China paints.

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Turtle tile image.

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Turtle tile with glaze coloration added.

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Silk-screen image transfer of dragonfly with four of eleven color separation thus far.

  • Dragonfly image is transferred to a series of tiles using photo silk-screening process. Shown here is the fourth of twelve color separations.

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Silk-screen image transferred completely in 11 colors.

  • Eleventh color silk-screening image transfer is shown to illustrate the nearly completed process.
  • The first layer of China paints is used to provide details and enhance image coloration.
  • The work is now fired to cone 016.

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More China paint added.

  • An exciting innovation is the use of a crow quill pen to apply China paints for making delicate lines with great precision. This development is essential for applying colored lines on the delicate wings of the dragonfly. It is particularly utilitarian as an important technical addition to the China paint palette. It replaces the use of India ink, which is a less satisfactory cold finish overglaze.
  • The second layer of China paint is applied as shown here.
  • Refiring is done to cone 016.

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Additional China paints applied.

  • A third China paint layer is applied. The tile is now fired for the fourth time, but this time to cone 018.

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Another China paint layer is applied after firing.

  • Yet another China paint layer adds delicate details and highlights for a crisper, nore realistic image.
  • The work is fired again for a fifth time to cone 018.

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Silk-screened tiles with images of blue heron.

Tile is photo silk-screened with image of a blue heron; then overglazed with colored glazes.

  • Another tile in the Forest Lake Critter series shows the blue heron in flight.
  • Its construction process is somewhat different from the others because it combines the preliminary photo silk-screened image of the bird with the more painterly application of glazes for the background.
  • Each background imagery differs uniquely from all the others. The bird's head is not yet shown in this early phase of the unfired tile.

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Further glazing with detail's of heron's head included.

  • The six-part photo silk-screened image is completed, using underglaze as the printing medium, on a surface that was first painted free-hand with underglazes.
  • The tile is first fired to cone 018.
  • Then China paints are added free-hand to emphasize coloration and provide details to the image and the background.
  • It is to be refired several times more to cone 018 after each layer of China paint has been applied.

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Early pass in photo silk-screen image transfer.

  • Photo silk-screening of white perch image on a watery background is shown in an early phase of the eleven-color process.

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Early development of White Perch tile partially silk-screened.

  • Shown here is a partially completed tile embellished with multiple colors and fired once.
  • It will undergo many more layers of glazes and China paints, with firings after each layer has been applied, before it is complete.

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Additional glazes applied for details and enhancement of colors.

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More glaze and China paints added.

  • More advanced state of development is shown with the addition of layers of glazes and China paints. The tile is refired after each layer is applied.

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Mural assembled.

  • Mural assembled, but unmounted.

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