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  WOVEN PORCELAIN TILES

Lily Tile  |  Seahorse Tile


Porcelain tile with silk-screened image of Lily, my Chihuahua and Muse
  • These works began as an experiment involving a new medium, Keraflex, preformed porcelain clay sheets. It comes in 0.5 and 1.0 mm thick sheets of pure porcelain; it is smooth and flexible; it is capable of being twisted, folded and decorated. I used it first to create a woven tile with an enhanced silk-screened image of Lily, my pet Chihuahua and muse.
  • Image transfer of a portrait of Lily was done by five-color silk-screening on two thin 5" x 5" Keraflex porcelain sheets.
  • Both of the predecorated clay sheets were then cut into narrow strips. Selected strips from each of them were woven together into a single tile work.
  • Firing was done to cone 06.
  • Coloration was enhanced and details added with China paints.
  • Having successfully completed this first experimental piece, I was inspired to undertake large tile works  with more complex 12-color silk-screened images and press mold surface modifications.
  • Date: 2011.
  • Sizes and prices vary; specified below for each individual piece.

ENLARGED VIEWS

 

    LILY TILE

Enlarged view of Lily Tile.

    SEAHORSE TILE

Enlarged view of Seahorse Tile.

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CREATIVE PROCESS

 

 

   LILY TILE

 

 

Early state of Lily Tile before application of enhancing underglazes and China paints.
  • Two Keraflex sheets are silk-screened in five colors with an image of Lily.
  • The sheets are cut into horizontal strips in one tile and vertical strips in the other.
  • The strips are woven together to form an interesting preliminary design, as shown here.
  • At this stage, the work is fired to cone 06.

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Enlarged view of Lily Tile.
  • After successful firing, the surface coloration is enhanced and details are added with China paints.
  • Final measurements: 5" x 5".
  • Not available for purchase.

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   SEAHORSE TILE

 

Drawing of a seahorse is sik-screened onto two tiles, which are cut into strips and woven together.

  • The process for this larger and more elaborate piece is begun with a preliminary drawing of a seahorse.
  • The detailed sketch is used as the silkscreen template for image transfer to two large Keraflex porcelain tiles.
  • After the transfer, the tiles are cut into horizontal and vertical strips.
  • The strips in turn are woven as shown.
  • Kiln firings will follow as well as elaboration of the surface image with further detailwork and coloration.

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China paint enhancements added.

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Further elaboration of the image with China paints.

  • Further enhancements of coloration are added for detailed elaboration of the slik-screened image.

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Underglazing done prior to first firing.

  • Prefiring embellishments are nearly completed.
  • The piece is about ready for its first firing to cone 018.

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Color enhancement in preparation for firing.

  • Further China paint coloration touches are added to enhance the seahorse image prior to firing.

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Finalized version of Seahorse Tile.

 

Completed tile work trimmed for framing.

  • Final coloration details are added. Completed tilework is shown in trimmed form.
  • Size: 8.0" x 7.5".
  • Availabe for purchase. Price: $100.
  • The tile can be framed to be displayed as a wall hanging. Alternatively, it could serve as the prototype for a commissioned series of tiles for a mural, depending on the desires of the buyer, and priced accordingly.

 

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