Beautiful, bright, high gloss glazed tile is created by Parran Collery on the Eastern Seaboard. Inspired by nature, the cosmos and the charm of simple objects, she creates tiles and mosaics that combine sophisticated whimsy with exquisite design.
Karim and Nawal Motawi, Motawi Tileworks
The hallmark of Motawi Tile is its reflection of the classic style and craftsmanship of the historic Arts and Crafts potteries of the early 20th Century America. The sibling duo behind Motawi Tileworks is Karim and Nawal Motawi. With their team of talented artisans they create tile suitable for individual art pieces as well as installation.
Located in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the studio works with locally produced clay and they hand mix the glazes from their own recipes. The polychrome tiles use a “raised line” technique while their bas-relief tiles are hand-dipped in glazed designed specifically for their variation.
Orange Countian Jon Oakes was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota and raised in North Dakota. As a boy in the Midwest during the 1970’s, he had limited exposure to the arts. Sitting down at the potter’s wheel for the first time in a high school ceramics class, I immediately felt comfortable and knew he was meant to create art. He still works in clay, creating beautiful vessels using raku-firing techniques in addition to more traditional ceramics. He has recently added glass blowing to his repertoire.
Janet Ontko holds a BA in Art at Fresno State and in 1995 she started her business, Clay Forms. She was always interested in architectural ceramics, but at the same time was inspired by her vintage ceramic collection of Roseville and McCoy.
Her work has been published in several newspapers and magazines with the most recent being “101 Must have Tiles”, House Beautiful, November 2006. She designed fireplace tiles for the movie “You, Me and Dupree”, 2006.
Founded in 1903 in Detroit, Michigan, Pewabic Pottery is a studio for the design and production of custom architectural tile and vessels and a center for the advancement of the ceramic arts. In 1981, the non-profit Pewabic Society, Inc. was formed to preserve the Pottery, which is recognized as a National Historic Landmark. It is funded today by public and private contributions and memberships in addition to sales.