I started my first series of Tile Houses in 2009 for a solo exhibition at the Turman Larison Contemporary gallery in Helena, Montana. The glazed fired tiles are water-jet cut to my specifications and re-fired at Quarry Tile Company in Spokane, Washington. Once in my Granitwood Studio, I fire ceramic decals (both custom and commercially produced), china paint and gold luster onto the ceramic tile surfaces prior to final assembly.
The decal imagry on the surfaces of the houses is wide-ranging and eclectic. I began using decals in my ceramic work after experiencing an exhibition of the late Howard Kottler’s plates in 1973.