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Mischievious Siamese Cat on a ceramic tile with a pale turquoise background

Siamese Cat Tile

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Sara Starr, Siamese Cat ceramic tile, 3 inches by 3 inches.

Sara’s tiles draw from her background as a painter. She hand-cuts all of her tiles and surfaces each one with porcelain slip. After drying and bisque-firing, she paints lines to define areas on her tiles using a wax-resist technique, “cuerda seca,” which originated in 15th-century Spain. She then pours glazes to create distinct shapes. Her finished works often reflect the natural environment of Humboldt County – redwood trees, shore birds, and wildflowers are recurrent themes

Love of color is reflected in the vibrant glazes she achieves with selected glazes for high-fire tiles. All work is fired to Cone 10 and is suitable for outdoor installation or for kitchens and baths.

Sara has been an artist member at Arcata’s Fire Arts Center since 2006. She has created commissioned works, such as kitchen murals for homes, and art in public spaces such as Eureka’s Sequoia Park Zoo.