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Learn Maiolica Tile Techniques at Handmade Tile & Mosaics Conference

Posted By Carolyn Dorr On July 31, 2009 @ 2:40 pm In Members,PC Members Only,Potters Council | No Comments

Conference is Filling up Fast – Only 35 Seats
Bringing together a diverse
group of presenters and artists to discuss
and work on issues surrounding handmade tiles and

Special Offer Expires
August 21,
For more details on this event and other events offered by Potters Council go here.

Inspiring, Insightful and
This conference will bring together a diverse group of
presenters and artists to discuss and work on issues surrounding handmade tiles
and mosaics for the 21st century. As the tile community becomes more of a
national community, we have a need to continue to engage each other and help
develop new talented artists to the field. The tile conference will focus on the
main challenges many tile artists face in developing their tile art, as well as
developing new skills.


Learn more about…

Maiolica Tiles
Karin will demonstrate a variety of ways to make, cut and
keep tile flat. She will focus on important facets of tile making that include
making, drying and firing tile. Attendees will learn basic tile construction in
handbuilt and mechanical methods. Examples of historic and contemporary maiolica
tiles will be shown. Karin will share recipes and technical details for using
maiolica, designing and making custom tile. If you love to paint, this will be a
great new way to explore surface design. Attendees will learn the

  • Basic tile construction – discover a variety of ways to make, cut and keep
    tile flat.
  • Learn to paint the in-glaze maiolica stains on pre-base-glazed tiles.
  • Discussion on design, brushwork, color theory and more will be explored.
  • Receive recipes and technical details for using maiolica.


Karin has 20 years of clay experience and a wide range
of technical tips for both making tile and using maiolica glaze. Karin lives and
works in Duluth, Minnesota and Superior, Wisconsin. Her shop is part of the Old
Trade and Commerce Marketplace in Superior, an historic building filled with
artisan entities. Karin is the chair of the North End Arts Council in Superior.
She makes functional pots, wall pieces, and custom tile that are available in
her shop, in galleries, and at art fairs around the United States. Karin has a
BFA in Glass and MFA in Ceramics from Southern Illinois University at
Carbondale, where she first learned to use Maiolica glaze. She teaches
occasionally at Lake Superior College, the Duluth Art Institute and her studio.
Making custom tile is an exciting part of her work now.

Attendees will begin by looking at some examples of Maiolica
tiles. Then we’ll have a demo of how to make easy slabs, how to keep them flat
through the whole process, and discuss shrinkage and design. Karin will do a
demo of stains, techniques such as brushwork, stenciling, wax resist, etc on the
surface of pre-made tiles. Then the participants will paint their own tiles.
Attendees are welcome to take home the tiles to fire.


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