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12th Year


Welcome to the June 2011 spotlight on Handmade Tile Association artists and tile events from the around the United States.  We feature three artists every month and links (to the right) to many of the tile events, gallery shows, workshops featured around the country.

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Pewabic Pottery  

Detroit, Michigan 



historic tiled floor

Pewabic Pottery is a living treasure and offers visitors an exciting glimpse of a little known part of American history.  It was founded in 1903 by artist Mary Chase Perry Stratton for her studio and pottery.

Today Pewabic is a non-profit ceramic design studio, education center and National Historic Landmark. Welcoming local, U.S. and international visitors, Pewabic is open all year long.

It is Pewabic's mission to engage people in learning experiences with contemporary ceramic art and artists and to promote and preserve our historic legacy.

Visitors see a working historic pottery and can shop the Museum Store with Pewabic giftware and pottery made on site using Arts and Craft traditions and featuring its renowned glazes. Pewabic also supports over a hundred North American ceramic artists through selling their work in its galleries and exhibition program. 

A century-long legacy of designs and fabrication of architectural tile continues for hundreds of clients nationwide.

Pewabic also offers classes to adults and children and teaches ceramics in many Detroit and other local schools. Committed to  Detroit's eastside revitalization, Pewabic is now expanding its campus.


Pewabic Pottery
10125 E Jefferson Ave
Detroit, MI 48214
(313) 626-2000 


Red Step Studio

Paula Gill

Bremerton, Washington 

Red Step Tile

Red Step Studio tiles are made in my Bremerton, Washington studio, which overlooks my garden of perennial and vegetable beds and a sloping wooded bank planted with Pacific Northwest natives. I find the antics of the resident songbirds, northern flickers, owls, squirrels and mountain beavers both charming and challenging; but they all become inspiration for my work on a daily basis. I love being outside tending the garden with my hands in the soil; I guess it comes as no surprise that I have discovered a way to keep my hands in the earth through my work. My tiles are my way of sharing this joy of being in nature with others.

With a background in graphic design, printmaking and watercolor painting, I started exploring the world of tilemaking in 1997 and haven't looked back since. Through continual experimentation I have been able to create a wide range of tiles with only terracotta and white clays, underglaze color pigments and a clear finish glaze.

My carving technique, directly influenced by woodblock and linoleum printmaking, give the work a unique style and add unrivaled depth, texture and liveliness not replicated by other tile making methods. In all, it is a thirty-step process, all by hand (no molds are used), that takes from six to eight weeks to complete each one of kind tile.

Custom orders are welcome. I have been commissioned to create over 200 unique tiles for all the patient rooms in a Southern California medical center, and have received two 1% for the Arts commissions for large scale framed tiles. I have carved special tile portraits of homes and family farms, a grandfather fishing his favorite trout stream, a bride's wedding flower, a family's vacation trailer, house numbers, and fireplace murals.

I sell my tiles through my website, local Northwest art shows, and throughout the year at Collective Visions Gallery in Bremerton, WA. During the month June I am having a solo show of new mosaic tile pieces.

Seven years ago, inspired by Josh Blanc and the Handmade Tile Association, a group of tilemakers in the Seattle area founded Artisan Tile NW. With over 30 members, we are actively planning our 6th annual fall Handmade Tile Festival, and co-sponsoring a Potter's Council Tile Conference in Seattle at the end of June.


Paula Gill

PO Box 63, Bremerton, WA 98337

Facebook: Red Step Studio



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Mad Zebra Tile
Rebecca Rayman
Minneapolis, Minnesota 

mad zebra 


These original and distinctive hand-carved art tiles are produced in small quantities for use as accents and one of -a-kind pieces, framed or unframed. Tile designs reflect rich botanical patterns in the flavors of Art Nouveau and arts and Crafts styles


 ∑ Commissions accepted


∑ Residential and commercial


∑ Project completion in 4 - 10 weeks


Mad Zebra Tile

Rebecca Rayman

3904 17th Avenue South

Minneapolis, Minnesota 55407





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Registration is now open for the 10th annual Minnesota Tile Festiva.

If you make handmade tile, mosaics, or offer a service or product you should consider getting a booth at the the show.
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