There is a reason that making tiles and installing them are separate professions. There are entirely different skills and tools required. Then again, us clay folk tend to be pretty handy do-it-yourselfers (or know someone who is). In fact, I think hiring someone to do work we could learn to do ourselves is almost always our last choice. So, to that end, we are following our last feature on designing tile and making a maiolica mural, by showing you how Donna Rozman mounts and installs her ceramic tile murals. Figures 1 through 4 illustrate designing the tile in Part 1. In figures 5 through 8 presented here, Rozman covers mounting and hanging the mural. So hit the hardware store and hang a mural!
One of the best ways to make a large, complex piece of work is to break it down into its component parts and tackle them one by one. Suddenly, it’s not one big project, but several smaller projects that are not quite as daunting. In this first of a two-part series, Colorado ceramic artist Donna Rozman shows us a variation on this approach: how to start simple and end up with a complex result. Her technique for ceramic tile design is both simple and effective, and it’s a great exercise in generating new ideas.