Murals, Paintings on Tile

Lately I have had requests to teach tile painting.  It’s been 5 years since I have done that technique.  Mural painting is a commitment.  It takes a bit of knowledge of how certain techniques work on a tile canvas.  There are many ways to paint a mural.

Glaze and wax resist is one way. This is where you use a low fire glaze and outline a design with wax so the glazes do not touch or mix when firing.  This style you would see on tile trivets at souvenir shops or at Carly Quinn’s Shop in downtown Tucson.

Majolica is another technique.  This is where you apply a milky white glaze to bisque fired tile and paint stains or oxides on top of the glaze.  You see this on Italian ceramics,  and mexican murals.

Underglaze Technique  is one more way of painting on tile.    I’m sure there are other ways to paint a picture on tile that is kiln fired.  I have experience with all the above techniques but the one that gives the most control is the underglaze technique.

Underglaze technique is just what it sounds like.  You begin with applying colored slips, englobes, oxides or stains on raw or fired tiles.  After the image is completed then  you apply a clear glaze.  This can be accomplished with either high fire or low fire clay bodies but to get the brightest colors you want to stick with a low fire, cone 06 temperature.

Classes will begin Tuesdays,  March 18th from 6-8,  for 4 weeks.   Contact me below for details.

Here are some of my archived images of tile trivets,  a framed mural and a mural installation I have painted in the past.  They are painted with many layers of colored slips and highlighted for shadowing with oxides.  Any brand of underglazes will do, but it’s all in the way you place your colors against colored backgrounds that make them pop.  That is the trick to making a mural come to life.





So I am putting together a class in tile painting with underglazes.  We will be starting out small by painting trivets.  Hopefully, if you are willing, we can graduated to a full mural with a frame like the one below.



Published by robinchladdesigns

I have been doodling, coloring, drawing, cutting, sculpting, painting, sewing, writing and everything in between since I could hold a crayon in my hand. My first art projects were filling up a big, fat coloring book of bridal dresses. I boldly ventured into new territory with paint-by-number sets. I graduated to luxurious and decadent velvet (paint-by-number) sets. Eventually, I mastered the art of Spirogragh. Originally from upstate New York I have lived in Tucson, Arizona since 1986. Back then I was a single mom and found myself in the job market. I went to Pima Community College for training. Instead of diving into my academics I kept hanging around the pottery studio. Some people lived there and if I didn’t have two little girls at home I would have ended up living there as well. Joking aside, I fell in love with clay and all its possibilities. Being in a position to care for my kids, in 1989 I created a very marketable, creative, and functional item. It was a simple concept that took me into new heights of the craft world and I became an entrepreneur. Creating and selling became my passion. I had achieved success for many years. I loved being my own boss and living the artist’s dream. Life moved real fast and before I knew it my girls were all grown up, moving out, getting married and having kids of there own. Hey, wait a minute… I am a Gramma at 40? No sweat, I handled it gracefully. Fast forward to the present: I have been on a journey led by God. I took a sabbatical for the last 6 years learning new people skills in real estate, retail and care giving to the elderly. But my natural instincts kept leading me back to what my soul cannot deny. New visions, new risks, and a stronger faith has lead me to this point. Have I arrived? It’s like my life is all mapped out and a red arrow points to You Are Here! But the road keeps going and I have learned to listen to that still small voice. My days are filled with a little bit of art, a little bit of caring for my grandchildren, care giving to the elderly and volunteering at Sunday school. I am currently working on sculpting with clay in a tile mosaic setting, like my Seed Pod series or House of Fruit Trios. Some of my pieces are a mixture of individual 3-D tiles, shadow box shrines, and ornaments. The work that’s being created is inspirational, whimsical, and contemporary. Even though life can be very serious and intense I hope to achieve simply bringing joy or even a smile to someone’s face though my creations. I am also designing and developing my%2

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