Olympic Mountains View

This tile piece went home just in time for Christmas. It will be installed in the back of a shower. There will be a shelf just below the bottom of the mural, and the top of the mural will just meet the angled ceiling where it fits under a gable. The back wall is 5’ wide, so this image will wrap around just a bit on both side walls. It’s always a challenge working on these staggered subway tiles, especially when the image goes around a corner. But I’m sure it will fit nicely. The image is from a photo the clients took and is the view they have of the Olympics and Puget Sound from their house.



This picture was just sent to me by the clients, one of whom is a researcher working on jellyfish, so there are several kinds in here. I particularly like how they have softened the corners with the mosaics.


Annual Studio Sale

It’s that time of year again. I’m having my annual studio sale the first weekend in December, the 1st and 2nd from 10 am to 5 pm. Rupa Palasamudram’s pottery and Stephanie Benson’s jewelry will be here again as well.


Distinguished Alumni Award

I was honored to receive a 2018 University of Montana Distinguished Alumni of the Year Award this year. We went to Missoula last weekend to get that, and here are some pictures. I spoke to two classes of art students, had a small luncheon with the other winners and the U President and a few others, spoke at a reception for me in the School of Art, and was interviewed and given a plaque at the awards ceremony. Then we go to ride in the Homecoming Parade, and watch the Homecoming Game from the President’s box, with an introduction on the field at halftime. I also got a brick with my name on it inset in the Oval on campus. It was pretty special.


Irises and Maple

These tiles just went home today. They will go on the end wall of a shower. There’s a window in the wall, and the irises will be below the window, with the maple leaves above and to the side of it. The rest of the wall will be filled in with the same white matte tile.


Heron in Slough Installed

The tile piece that was in my blog post from July 2 got installed and the clients just sent me a picture of it.  This is one of my catalogue images but in the catalogue, it's on 4 1/4" tiles, whereas here it's on 6" tiles.  And in this case, it has a 1/2" blue border painted on the tiles.


High school tile

This is the 2018 Central Valley High School senior tile.  Every year they have a contest among the seniors to design an 8" x 8" tile that will go in the lobby of the high school.  They send me the design and I reproduce it on a tile.  I've done this every year since 2006.  It's always a treat to see what they'll come up with.