Resplendent Decay: The Enigmatic Tile Sculpture of Jason H. Green

JoAnn LocktovArtful Consideration, Tileista


  Ornament Now 2006, Installation of exhibit at Fosdick-Nelson Gallery. Distant memory, sensuous undulations, fragments of time… The visual poetry of Jason H. Green’s tile speaks in a language of patience and introspection. There are echoes of paradox in his art. Decorative surfaces suggest the vernacular of architectural ornament. They combine with the methodical application of glazes resulting in rivulets … Read More

Every Tile Tells A Story: the Illustrative Art of Barbara Schmidt

JoAnn LocktovTileista

6_X6_Lotus Hand- CoveringsSelectWinner

Coverings Select 2010 Award Winner -  Barbara Schmidt’s “Lotus Hand” tile (dimensions: 6”X6” ) Stained in sepia tones and washed in soft muted colors, the carved relief tiles of Barbara Schmidt speak of a time when fairy tales, myths and nursery rhymes were the predominant literature offered to children. The characters Schmidt carves in porcelain include the richly imagined forest creatures … Read More

The Secret Life of Raindrops: The handmade ceramic tiles of Leah Shafir Zahavi

JoAnn LocktovTileista


Garden at Night (Dimensions: 24.8” x 31.8” ) Mosaics by Ilana Shafir, integrated with Inspiration Pieces by Leah Shafir Zahavi Leah Shafir Zahavi grew up in Ashkalon, Israel. As a child exploring this 4,000-year-old city on the Mediterranean, she breathed deeply the aroma of almond trees, listened to the receding echo in the rhythmic arches of ancient aqueducts, and discovered … Read More

The Atavistic Archaeology of Janet Kozachek

JoAnn LocktovTileista


Kozachek’s Kneeling Woman: 12” x 12” History, pathos, mysticism, ancient Chinese ideograms form the layers of innuendo in Janet Kozachek’s multi-dimensional art. Working in ceramic relief, pique assiette and handmade tiles, each mosaic represents a journey into the landscape of Kozachek’s brilliant mind. She says that her recent “Archaeology” series is “an observation on the limits of memory, preservation, and … Read More

The Lyrical Fusions of Paola Orsoni

JoAnn LocktovTileista

Italian artist Paola Orsoni

Paola Orsoni at work in her studio. Italian artist Paola Orsoni creates lyrical fusions of terracotta, glass, and metal. She has harnessed the disruptive process of hot and cold to cajole the marriage of unlike materials into vibrant splashes of radiant color and dynamic texture. “Dripping” tile. Created entirely by hand in her Milan studio, each terracotta tile is first … Read More

Tile As Textile

JoAnn LocktovTileista


The Tale of  Two Tile Makers Luigi Priante and Jorge Simes create individual works of art, each tile a hand crafted innovative expression of design. They explore the essential properties of leather and glass, and expand both with their own elegant interpretations. By manipulating their materials and applying an uncommon aesthetic, their tiles retain the functional properties of traditional material … Read More