I keep revisiting the idea of using tiles to create wall installations and assemblages. In the past we’ve looked at Heather Knight’s white-on-white textured porcelain tiles, Marcia Jestaedt’s raku tiles, arranged to form wall hanging kimono robes, and more recently, Nell Devitt’s smoke-fired clay tiles. We’ve also seen examples of resin and rust tiles, yesterday’s ‘Match Blox’ and Michelle Ward’s wood block assemblage.
Chris Gryder’s approach is organic, with ceramic relief plaques that have a fossil-like feel and an earthy color palette. Gryder’s tiles are appealing individually, or grouped to form multi-layered images and patterns. His work immediately grabbed me as I scrolled through the assorted 12″tiles, 8″ tiles, compositions and commissions on his site. More bas relief compositions on his flickr site. If you are going to be in Virginia next month, you can see Gryder in action during the Open Studios of Roanoke Annual Tour.
There is quite a bit of territory to explore with polymer clay that goes far beyond jewelry. Alev Gozonar is ahead of the curve, and someone to keep your eye on. She recently completed a series of wall installations for an Istanbul hotel (and they are amazing – perhaps she will share pictures with all of you soon). I look forward to seeing more work that crosses over into alternative areas and hope the artists mentioned here offer muse-food this Friday morning.