Clay and tile, especially, is a wonderful medium for tactile experience. The bas relief images with matte glazes interact with light to cast subtle shadows, enhancing the textures and colors of the tile. The matte glaze flows and pools slightly during the hottest part of the firing process, creating its own textures and crystals which reflect light. Each firing contains tests of new glazes, a continual search for color variation through glaze application and firing temperature. And the finished tile offers limitless opportunity for creativity in installation; pattern and design come together in architectural elements and fireplace surrounds, kitchens and bathrooms. Extruded ceramic moldings, custom field tile and metallic glaze accents work together to make a beautiful architectural statement.
Mary Kuilema Resume'
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Background:1979-present: self-employed; designing, producing and marketing functional pottery and tile.
Mary Kuilema Bio
Cascade Township, Michigan is the setting for Mary Kuilema's home and studio. She has been working in clay for the last 30 years, initially as a potter and more recently in tile production and design. Her tile is influenced by the beauty of the Michigan woodlands and is indebted to the tile of the arts and crafts movement as well as historic Dutch and German tile which elevated everyday events and common sights to the level of art.
Just as each new wave of art tile design is a reflection of its own culture and society while building on the vast repertoire of historic tile, so the current resurgence of handmade tile is due, in part, to a society which values the beauty and fragile nature of our environment while encouraging the production of hand-made artwork. The task of the artist is to help us see and celebrate what is all around us.
Khnemu Studio LLC on Fernwood Farm
...a connection to the artist and the land
6322 113th Ave