Ceramic tiles & block prints
Red Step Studio
Local Bremerton artist Paula Gill creates contemporary and colorful hand carved terra cotta tiles inspired by living in the Pacific NW. Using wood carving tools, paintbrushes, a hand operated slab roller and an electric kiln, the tiles reflect her background in linoleum and woodblock printmaking. She makes them one at a time by hand in a thirty step process that takes six to eight weeks to complete. Since 2000, her tiles have been shown throughout the Northwest at flower & garden shows and regional juried art fairs under the name of Red Step Studio.
Her current work includes colorfully whimsical tiles that celebrate the joys of gardening, raising chickens, road trips, and the beauty of Puget Sound. These tiles are suitable for kitchen, fireplace and bathroom installation, as well as coasters or hanging wall art.
Also on display for the Studio Tour will be a series of ceramic tile seascapes inspired by the Pacific Northwest coast. Paula explores a new method of surface decoration using monoprint and painting techniques to create layers of matte glazes, capturing impressionistic scenes of coastal water, land and atmosphere.
You can shop for more of her tiles at www.redstep.com.
New for the Studio Tour this year will be a series of multiple color woodblock prints inspired by the coastal areas and plant life of the Pacific Northwest.