Tacoma artist Claudia Riedener has one of my favorite houses in the city. Outside there’s a fascinating jungle of plants that inspire her hand-made, nature-based tiles, and inside is like an exotic Asian temple filled with just those tiles, tendrilling up kitchen walls, bamboo-ing around the bathroom and generally making the walls as three-dimensional as they can get. Here’s a story I did on her last year.
But until now, if Riedener’s work inspired to you craft your own clay relief tiles, you had to figure it out for yourself. No more. This weekend Riedener is holding two tile-making workshops to teach us all the secrets of molding, carving and cutting.
The workshops are from 5-8 p.m. this Friday (Feb. 26) and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday (Feb. 27) at Claudia’s home studio at 1004 S. Steele St., Tacoma. Here’s what she says about it:
On Friday evening you will learn how to design and carve a tile from clay. I will have 4×4 and 6×6 inch green-ware tiles prepared for you.
On Saturday we will finish up the carving and then create a plaster mold of your art work. I will show you how to cast a tile from an original mold. And voila! You can cast as many tiles as you want for any project.
The $100 includes materials, glazing and firing, plus a take-home mold, and classes are limited to 12 people. Bring an apron. Snacks and beverages included.
To sign up, send an e-mail with your name and contact (e-mail, cell phone) to firstname.lastname@example.org