These were done by Joan Nogueda. An admirer of the Arts and Crafts style, she started working with clay about 3 years ago for the first time. Her former neighbor and close friend, Ken Dierck, who was a ceramics teacher and master tile maker for 40 years, encouraged her to try making some of her own tiles. He now lives a couple of states away and is no longer able to work with clay, but she talks with him frequently and he loves hearing about what she is doing with glazes. He suggested using a coat of Albany Slip, or what passes for Albany Slip now, over all of her glazes to “marry” the flavors, I mean colors, and if the photos were better, you could really see how rich and interesting the glazes are.
Joan has the enviable ability to remember colors accurately. She can remember how numerous glazes and glaze combinations will look, whereas I have to refer constantly to the glaze tests.
We were both having the problem of large tiles cracking from cooling too fast. Ken told her to score the backs of the tiles, and to roll them out in different directions. Since I do the firings, I worked on ramping down the kiln temperature more slowly and keeping the tiles elevated off the shelves. I haven’t been making tiles lately since I have been mostly doing bowls and heads and plants, but Joan hasn’t had any cracking since we started being very careful to do all these things. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that the luck holds. I just started a firing tonight with a beautiful, long, narrow tile of Joan’s in it.