The Tile Making Process

I start with a sketch that I transfer by impressing outlines onto a slab of clay that has reached a leather hard stage.

I carve a relief image with fine details, and avoid undercuts so the tile can release easily from the mold.

When my carving is complete, I secure a form around the damp clay relief and pour plaster over it to make the mold. After the mold dries I hand press wet clay into it, the plaster absorbs the moisture and the tile releases. The tile must dry slowly to avoid warping. When dry, the tile is hand painted with layers of under glazes and twice fired in an electric kiln.