Moravian Tile Fest 2022

It was HOT!! So very hot!!

And it was wonderful to be at Moravian Tile Works, in person, for the annual show.

Thank you to everyone that came out and supported tile art. I hope you are enjoying your new treasures!

Creating Santa

Santa has always been a favorite in my house.  This year, I saw him everywhere – in cards, on pillows, in carvings – and decided to try and capture, in a tile, all that is beautiful in his face.

Here is the tile from start to mold.  I began with some layered slabs, and started carving and adding.  There were many iterations of the beard, followed by the glasses.  Once the tile was deemed “done” (I’m never sure – sometimes I just have to stop!) I prepared the tile for a mold.

I put a wooden mold around the tile, and secured the edges with clay to ensure no plaster leaked out.  Then I mixed the plaster, held my breath, and poured!  The mold is white; the remains of the original tile are to its right.  There were some undercuts – those glasses got stuck in the plaster! – so I have some cleaning up to do.  Stay tuned to see the tiles turn out!