Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. Make certain that you see a portfolio of their work and talk with them to make certain that they understand the facts about tile and which tile is best for their installation. There are quite a few facts to be considered, esp for interior vs exterior installation. Some tile artists can/will only work on specific tile because of the paints they use. Also, make certain that decals are not used because even when fired on, they sit on top of the glaze because they are fired at lower temperatures. I always provide photos via email before firing so that my clients can have the final say before I fire the tile. My paints stay wet until fired and I am always willing to make changes as I am painting the tile for my client's enjoyment. My work is always guaranteed.
Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?
A. Make certain ahead of time that your artist can paint on the tile of your choice and that they guarantee the finished product. There are many factors that are involved in each job. Once the artwork is on the tile, it is usually permanent and you are committed, esp with some artists who ask for deposits that will not be returned for any reason. I have never asked for deposits because I want my clients who don't know me.....esp the ones from my website.....to feel comfortable working with me.
Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?
A. I have always been able to paint whatever subject my clients have wanted. I talk with them to find out what colors they don't and do like........very important when matching colors they are use in their home decor. I am very detail conscious and have always done excellent work in duplicating wallpaper and fabric designs, tile with art from the tile companies that is no longer sold. I work with china paints and the fact that they are transparent gives me the opportunity to put color over color and I can fire the tile as often as necessary to get the desired colors. Also, because my paints fire at lower temperatures, I can work on any glaze. I am not limited to a certain tile with a certain glaze. As long as the tile can be fired, I can paint it.
Q. Do you have a favorite story from your work?
A. I have many as I have met many wonderful people and Jacob, the cat in the kiln, traveled with me before he left for "The Rainbow Bridge" made many friends too. He is still missed by quite a few people.
The story that stands out in my mind is "A Story for Anna". A mother and her son took his niece out for lunch and while they were waiting for their lunch, her son drew pictures on napkins as he told Anna a story. His mother kept the napkins for 15 years and one day decided to have me paint a tile for each story. This was done through a tile shop, so I didn't get to see the look on her son's face when she gave him the tile. What a wonderful memory a Mother gave to her son!