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Creative Ceramic Tile

A collection of various innovative ceramic tile artists, past and present.


Motawi Tileworks


The Motawi Tileworks was began in 1992, when Nawal Motawi set up a table at a farmers market and received a commission to create her first local fireplace installation. Today, their handcrafted tiles can be found in homes nationwide. The tiles are currently produced in a studio in Ann Arbor, Michigan and represent an eclectic mix of historical decorative art styles including block prints by Yoshiko Yamamoto, the graphic art of Frank Lloyd Wright, the De Stijl Movement, Art Nouveau, Mary Chase Stratton, Adelaide Robineau, Louis Sullivan, C.F. Voysey, William DeMorgan and Dard Hunter.

Motawi Tiles now consists of the sibling duo of Karim and Nawal Motawi and their staff of talented artisans. Nawal studied sculpture and ceramics at the University of Michigan and learned tile-making at Pewabic Pottery.  Karim, also educated at the U of M, runs the production studio and teaches tile-making classes.

Motawi’s polychrome tile decorators are affectionately referred to as “the Bee Gees,” short for “bulb glazers,” because they use bulb syringes to pool glaze onto the tiles. In this centuries-old technique—called cuenca, or simply raised-line—color areas are separated by the tiny ridges of clay that are formed in the pressing process.

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Confetti - Motawi Tileworks

 ‘Confetti’ – Motawi Tileworks




Motawi Tileworks Frank Lloyd Wright March Balloons Tile

 Frank Lloyd Wright style ‘March Balloons’ Tile -Motawi Tileworks



Motawi - Koi Tile Mural

 Koi tile mural – Motawi Tileworks



Hoffman House Rug- Frank Lloyd Wright--Motawi Tileworks

Motawi Tileworks –  Tile inspired from the Hoffman House Rug- Frank Lloyd Wright



Limp On A Limp Motawi ceramic tile

 ‘Limp on a Limb’ – Motawi Tileworks




Songbirds grey_blue large tile

 Grey blue ‘Songbirds’ – Motawi Tileworks



Autumn Edibles Motawi Tileworks USA

 ‘Autumn Edibles’ – Motawi Tileworks



Frozen Spheres tile - Motawi

‘Frozen Spheres’ – Motawi Tileworks



Motawi Bleeding Heart Tile

 Motawi ‘Bleeding Heart’ Tile

Janice L. Walrafen


Janice  grew up in the Senoran desert of Arizona with her artist/potter mother and two sisters. She currently resides along the Winooski River in Plainfield Vermont among the wise white pine, sweet cedar, fiddleheads, cattails, wild and domestic creatures that share her home and garden; red squirrel, crow, turkey, deer, jay, merganser, fox, owl, mink, weasel, otter, chickadee, yellow finch, grouse, woodpecker, goose, duck, canine, and human friends. All an influence on her art.

Her decorative relief tiles are created by pressing clay into an original plaster mold. Each tile is then carefully dried, fired and hand painted with studio-made glazes, fired a second time to a stoneware temperature of 2200 degrees, creating colorful and unique tiles.

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Beautiful Birches Janice L. Walrafen

 ‘Beautiful Birches’  Janice L. Walrafen




Ceramic tile - Mermaid - Janice L. Walrafen

 ‘Mermaid’ – Janice L. Walrafen




Wall tile - Pheasants-Janice L. Walrafen

 ‘Pheasants’ – Janice L.Walrafen




Abstract ceramic tile - Ravens Wood- Janice L. Walrafen

 ‘Ravens Wood’ – Janice L. Walrafen


Chris Gryder


“I create sculptural ceramic objects that engage with a deep sense of time and history; a geological time and the time of civilizations. There is a visceral joy, a complete indulgence in tactile geometric form that evokes a world where wonder still reigns. A place at the edge of the wild.”

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Wall panel Candy Mountain by Chris Gryder

 ‘Candy Mountain’ by Chris Gryder




Chris Gryder, Burst, Ceramic,-27in-x-27in-x-2in

‘Burst’ –  Chris Gryder, Ceramic panels





Sectio Auria - Bas Relief Sculpture - Chris Gryder Roanoke, Virginia, United-States

 ‘Sectio Auria’ – Bas Relief Sculpture – Chris Gryder

Roanoke, Virginia, United-States




Chris Gryder-Infinity Squared wall panel

‘Infinity Squared’ – Chris Gryder



Medicine Bluff Studio


Medicine Bluff Studio began in 2001 and is co-owned by John and Debbie Beasley. John designs and sculpts all the products from his studio in Florence, Kentucky.

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Heron-Tile - Medicine Bluff- 4x8 inches

 Heron Tile – Medicine Bluff Studio

4×8 inches




Medicine Buflf - Koi

 Medicine Bluff  – ‘Koi’




Mother to be - Medicine Bluff

 ‘Mother to be’ – Medicine Bluff Studio





Medicine-Bluff-Tiles Peacock wall panel

 Medicine Bluff Studio ‘Peacock’ wall panel tile


Ellen Rundle


“My studio is in my home where I live in Granada Hills. When I am working on a large jobs it seems my entire property becomes engulfed in clay pieces and equipment. Clay is a material that you have to “live” with since there are many steps in the process and each one requires that the material be in a particular stage of drying before the firing and glazing processes begin. There is always an element of surprise!”


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Ellen-Rundle Tree Of Life fountain

 Ellen Rundle ‘Tree Of Life’ fountain




Ellen Rundle ceramic bas relief

 Ellen Rundle ceramic sculpture murallete inspired by St. Marks Basilica, Venice

27×36 inches



Creative Concepts – Los Angeles

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Reproduction of the fountain mural at the Adamson house in Malibu, Californa,-a-classic-Malibu-home-built-in-1930.

 Reproduction of the fountain mural at the Adamson house in Malibu, California

Creative Concepts, LA



LA Creative Concepts tiles Twin peacock tiled mural

 Twin Peacock Wall Mural

Creative Concepts



Majolica tiles at Santa Chiara in Naples

A gothic cloister of majolica tiles at Santa Chiara in Naples (14th century) by Domenico Antonio Vaccaro, Painters Giuseppe and Donato Massa






 Art Nouveau majolica tile





Lisboa Azulejos white and blue tilework





Casa Batllo, Barcelona – design Antoni Gaudi




Harris Strong ceramic tile art

 Harris Strong




Italy---Lake Como Retreat by John & Tina Reid on Flickr


Tiled balcony – Lake Como, Italy

John & Tina Reid, Flickr




Curtiss does Rio

 Tiled steps in Rio

 A photo sent by my eldest son Curtiss from his travels through S.America




Jaipur tiled ceiling at the City Palace

 City Palace – Jaipur, India





 Raku Zebra Tiled Panel – Jill Gerlach, flickr



Lewellen Studio-–-Ginkgo Tile

 Nouveau style ‘Ginkgo’ tile – Lewellen Studio




lynne-meade-porcelain tile

 Lynne Meade





 Tiled Mural at the  Montelupo Fiorentino Italian ceramics trade festival



 Carved clay relief-Earthesong tiles

Celtic style carved relief tile – Earthesong



Motawi- Caribbean Blue Collage Fireplace by Michelle Nelson Design

 Motawi Caribbean Blue Collage Fireplace by Michelle Nelson Design





 Patchwork kitchen floor tiles




Portuguese azulejos wall tiles

 Azulejos wall mural – Church of St. John the Evangelist, Cadaval Palace, Evora





Spanish wall fountain with  hand painted tiles.



 Art Nouveau Majolica---Made in France---1890-to-1910---Ceramic Tile

Art Nouveau Majolica Ceramic Tile

France – 1890-to-1910



Russ Bowling-Flickr-Talavera Tile Fountain

  Talavera Tile Fountain, Mexico

Russ Bowling-Flickr




The Azure Blue Pool, Hearst Castle,-San Simeon California

Azure Blue Pool, Hearst Castle

San Simeon, California



 Indian Wall Tile Art

Indian ceramic wall tiles

photo Umair Ghani



Triptych Tile Panel, Mid Century, by Panos Valsamakis

Mid Century Triptych  Tile Panel by Panos Valsamakis




Gothic floor tiles St. Paul's Cathedral-Detroit

Gothic Pewabic Pottery Tiling by Mary Chase Stratton

St. Paul’s Cathedral-Detroit




Majolica Tiles at the Monastery Santa Chiara

Majolica Tiles at the Monastery Santa Chiara, Naples





 Van Briggle tiles, Colorado Springs




French Longwy Primavera trivet, large form, colorful stylized scene with a female figure,

Longwy Primavera trivet – ceramic tile with minor crazing

Treadway Toomey




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