I'm a full time studio potter living in North Texas. It seems that words have evolved into the work I do - when I think back I've always been interested in language and in the impact of words, whether spoken or written. I began my love for red clay many years ago after taking a workshop with Ron Meyers at Arrowmont School and have never turned back.
I think making tiles satisfies my architectural roots being raised by an architect and an artist. The words that go on them come from a desire to make people feel something and connect with each other in a warm and wonderful way. A tilesmile is sort of like a greeting card that people don't throw away. I've got plenty of paper cards that I have recieved - they are in a filing cabinet because I can't throw them out. But a tilesmile is different. It conveys a message that can be put on a desk or installed in a kitchen - a daily endearment, a funny word, or an inspirational statement. I've even done songs for people to install in their shower, so they can sing while they scrub.I'm also a painter - watercolor mostly, but love painting in encaustics too.
In clay I also make custom sinks and backsplashes, stove backsplashes, and lots of bowls of abundance. All of these items can be viewed at my website http://www.shadybranch.net/. Say it with a SMILE and a handmade TILE!
Thanks, Rachel! And don't forget you can buy her beautiful work at her ArtFire shop tilesmile!
Next week, my guest blogger will be a very talented Mosaic artist... stop by Friday, March 20th, and you can read about her fabulous work!