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Taking inspiration from the beautiful tile designs of Malibu and Catalina Island from the Art Deco period of the 1920’s, I learned this tile painting technique from my father-in-law.  The technique I used is called Cuerda Seca, or dry line, where a black wax-resist is applied to the outline to “resist” the glazes (or colors) from mixing together when they are applied.  Once the tiles are fired in a kiln, the wax melts, leaving a black line outline.

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    • Linda, you are too kind!!! I’m glad you enjoy my creations!!! I really do enjoy doing this – I only wish I had a bit more time to devote to it! I will post more as I finish them – I have 2 works in progress at the moment. Just waiting to get a full kiln before firing them up 🙂

  1. Well, would make a gorgeous addition to my patio! A place to set my coffee or tea mug while enjoying the cool colorful spring mornings on the weekend! If you could part with one, I would love to set up an arrangement to purchase one! What a talent! This is so fun, seeing your creations!

    • Wow! I am flattered! But the tables are extremely heavy…how do we ship them to Illinois without spending a fortune on shipping costs? I have another suggestion. If you think you could find a table, I could make the individual tiles for you and you could then set them yourself! All possibilities are open!!

  2. Yes! We’ll talk! Maybe I can have a frame made for it and we can make a serving tray! I’m excited! Email me when you have time Barbara!

  3. Wow, these are so impressive! I love people sharing their passion, especially if it’s something creative like this. Beautiful!

  4. Thanks, Lyn, for your sweet compliment! These take a lot of practice and lots of trial and error! There are so many variables – the tiles used, the glazes, the wax resist, and the firing in the kiln – that all need to come together. As with any art, you have to put up with lots of mistakes before it comes out right. I am currently in a slump because I’ve had to change the materials I’ve been using since some of the them are no longer available, and I’m having issues with getting it right once again. But I’m determined to succeed, even though my patience is wearing thin!

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