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Peter King Workshop

Architectural Ceramic Workshop

With Peter King and Xinia Marin

In a 5 day intensive workshop

June 27th – July 1st, 2011

At Dean Tile Studio, Whidbey Island, WA

For more information + Registration

Potters Council Tile Conference Seattle June 24-26th, 2011

Participants will collaborate with Peter and Xinia to create a full scale architectural piece. Daily slides shows of: design, fabrication and installation of large scale pieces done by Stonehaus Studio. Also included, will be sink, tile, and mold making demos. Plus, a tasty lunch will be provided daily.

Moshier Community Art Center

Paul Lewing

Glaze Chemistry Workshop 101 & 102

Saturday and Sunday, May 14th & 15th

10-4 PM

Fee:  $140.00


This workshop is a must for all potters!  Don’t know the difference between a proton and a futon?  Paul will begin the lecture exploring the properties of ceramic glazes and glaze materials, their behavior during firing, and proper testing and mixing procedures.  The second session will focus on the Seger method of analyzing glaze formulas and glaze chemistry.  Handouts, cone 10 and 5 glazes recipes and glaze related books and websites will be provided.  The workshop will conclude with a slide show of Paul’s works in pottery and tile.  Bring a notebook and a lunch.

Moshier Community Art Center

430 S 156th Street Burien, WA 98166

Register at Burien Parks, Recreation & Cultural Services:

Parks:  206-988-3700

Hello world!

Published on Wed, March 16, 2011

Engaging exhibit

By Matt Nagle

Handforth’s engaging tile art exhibit showcases expertise of artists

It’s amazing what can be done in tile art, and Handforth Gallery has a big collection of beautiful examples on view now presented by Artisan Tile Northwest (ATN).

More than 60 pieces make up this exhibit, showcasing works by nearly 25 artists, including Tacomans Claudia Reidener of Ixia Tile and ceramics artist John McCuistion. All of the artists are part of ATN, a non-profit tile makers group dedicated to the preservation of the art and craft of handmade tile. ATN also holds an annual tile show to raise public awareness about the range and diversity of tile being produced in the Northwest – and what range and diversity there is.

Entitled “Literary,” the collection at Handforth encompasses so much variety in themes, colors, shapes and dimensions that each individual piece stands out on its own as a fascinating testimony to the skilled hands and vivid imaginations of the artists. From the dramatic to the whimsical, this is art that everyone can appreciate.

Some of the artists make three-dimensional pieces that seem to come right off the wall. Karen B. Morrice’s (of Oddinary Tiles) “Downstream” was done in the perspective of looking down upon a koi pond, with the finned backs of three little koi fishes sticking up above the water’s surface. Maria Root’s (of Primitiva Pottery and Tile) “Legends of Ravens and Crows” shows the heads of 15 of these black birds sticking right out at the viewer.

With a show title like “Literary,” and the fact that Handforth Gallery is located inside the Tacoma Public Library, themes from books are everywhere in this exhibit. Irene Otis (of Irene’s Tiles) gives the Big Bad Wolf a break in her “Once In A Blue Moon,” a square tile that shows the wolf and Little Red Riding Hood sitting romantically on a porch swing under a full, blue moon. The text reads: “Once in a blue moon a decent wolf comes along….”

Sallie Herling (Herling Studio) presents an illustration of a Rudyard Kipling fable “The Elephant Child.” In three scenes, the artists shows how the elephant got its “really truly trunk” thanks to a toothy crocodile. Animal themes populate the exhibit as well. Bob and Iris Jewett (Wilburton Pottery) create finely detailed tiles of plants and creatures in their natural habitat.

“Literary” also takes on the history of tile making on this side of the world. Encased in tall showcases are fascinating examples, one that dates back to 1600s Mexico where Franciscan missionaries produced the earliest tiles in the Americas.

“Literary” shows through April 12 and admission is free. Tacoma Public Library is located at 1102 Tacoma Ave. S.