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Artisan Tile NW is a non-profit Handmade Tile makers group, dedicated to the creation, promotion and preservation of the art and craft of handmade tiles. We sponsor a yearly show to raise public awareness about the range and diversity of artisan tiles being produced in the Northwest.

Tile Show Demonstration Schedule


  ATNW Tile Demonstrations Schedule

Sat. Oct. 5, 2013



 10:30  Tile Carving in Paper Clay with Bob Jewett of Wilburton Pottery

Bob demonstrates an easy technique for beginning carvers. He will answer all your questions about getting started at home.

11:15  Making Multiples with Claudia Riedener of Ixia Tile Tacoma

Claudia shows how simple open-face molds are made from plaster and how to create perfect tile replicas through pressing clay or slip-casting in the mold.  She also demonstrates sprig molds.

12:00  Water Etching with Mary Lynn Buss of Isle Tile

Mary Lynn demonstrates water etching, a technique resulting in a slight relief with soft edges to an image or pattern on green ware.  A resist medium, brush, and a damp sponge are her key tools.

12:45 – 2:00  Using Handmade Tiles in your Home Installation

Craig Sawyer of North West Society of Interior Designers, Richard Scott of Status Ceramics, Claudia Riedener of Ixia Tile, and Florian Raymann of  Raymann Tile and Stone 

This panel of experts in design, tile making and installation, demonstrate and give pointers on how to use artisan handmade tiles in your home. They will provide ideas of how to obtain a quality custom result using examples of tiles made by artists at the show and commercially available tile.

2:00-2:45  Antique Art Tiles—A Collector’s Perspective with Ron Endlich, Tile Historian and Collector

Ron discusses antique tiles from 19th and 20th centuries. He will show examples, many rare, from his collection.

2:45-3:30  Leaf and Floral Applied Relief with Janet Gadallah of JLG Pottery and Tile

Beginning with press molds, Janet demonstrates how she adds more relief dimension to her work. Inspired by nature, her results bring the outdoors in to be enjoyed year round.

3:30-4:15  Repairing Broken Tiles with Brechelle Ware of Tile Heritage Foundation

Brechelle teaches some basic repair techniques to preserve your installation or art piece. Using items commonly found in the home, learn to fill cracks with a variety of materials and put broken pieces back together with structural integrity.



Local couple returns to Bellevue Festival of the Arts

Local couple returns to Bellevue Festival of the Arts

Bill and Iris Jewett have been participating in Bellevue Arts Week since the early nineties.  - Keegan Prosser, Bellevue Reporter

Bellevue Reporter Staff Writer
JULY 19, 2013 · UPDATED 12:34 PM

Iris and Bob Jewett are not strangers to Bellevue Arts Week.

Founders of Wilburton Pottery, a ceramic company they’ve been operating out of their home for more than 20 years, the Jewetts have participated in all three shows that make up Bellevue Arts Week – BAM ARTSfair, Bellevue Festival of the Arts and the 6th Street Fair – since the early 90s. This month, they’ll return to the Bellevue Festival of the Arts, hosted by the Bellevue Downtown Association on July 26-28.

“Out of a lark, we just competed to be in the Bellevue Art show – and we got in,” Bob said about their first experience with doing a show. “We made a lot of money and we’re surprised.”

Bob said he got in to pottery several years ago, when he decided to take a class at Bellevue College to learn how to make garden pots. While the company started as an outlet to sell those pots, they’ve since abandoned the pots to focus solely on their decorative ceramic tiles.

The tiles come in several sizes and depict a variety of creatures and scenes, including dragonflies, frogs, rabbits and trees. In 1994, Iris and her daughters, Laura and Leonora, joined Bob in design and production. They now have more than 500 designs.

Following that first success, the Jewetts decided to take their business on the road, attending around 20 shows a year, including those in Idaho, Oregon and California. While they’ve cut down on the number of shows they attend in recent years, they still make the trek to the San Francisco Flower and Garden show.

“We have customers that bring us baked goods and sandwiches,” Iris said. “They take care of us.”

Another portion of their business – customized tiles for customers around the country – is run through the Wilburton Pottery website.

While the couple admits business slowed down greatly as a result of the recession, they continue to receive orders. Most recently they were commissioned to design a lighthouse tile for a company on the New Jersey coast.

But for Bob and Iris, meeting people is what these shows are all about. In addition to keeping her mind sharp, Iris says building relationships at festivals is an important part of their business.

“It’s nice knowing the artist,” Iris said. “It’s a big difference.”

Though the couple has had the opportunity to travel to several art shows, they insist the Bellevue shows are among the best in the country because of the high attendance and the caliber of the artists showing.

“The Bellevue shows are really competitive; a lot of people come from out of state,” Iris said.

Bob and Iris original tiles start at $15. For more about their art, go to their website.

Contact Bellevue Reporter Staff Writer Keegan Prosser at or 425-453-4602


Tile Members ~ a Call to Action



Elisabeth C. Miller Library/ATNW Tile Show

at University of Washington

Center for Urban Horticulture Library Show

 From approx Sept 3 thru the last week of October, ATNW members will display tiles for sale throughout the Miller Library.   Gail Glosser and Chris Seminara are organizing and hanging the show.

Quantity/Size of Tiles

 If you are interested in participating, you may enter one or two tiles. Only several tiles will be hung on hooks. 95% of them will be positioned on small easels. Because of this, please limit the size of tiles to a maximum of 10″ x 10″.


 Each tile entered is to be available for sale at the show with a 25% commission going to the library. In order to make things easy, please include the tax in your price and round up to the dollar.


 The theme of your tiles should be botanical or nature-inspired.


 We will be following up shortly with a form so you can prperly identify each tile

Hanging and Take down

 The show will be hung on or about Sept. 3. All tiles must be provided to us by August 28th which is just before the Labor Day weekend. We do not expect to add to the show once it is initially hung. If you want to bring your tile(s) to the August (or even July) meeting, that will work. Gail and I will brainstorm other options.

 Please keep in mind that the show will coincide with our Annual Tile Festival, so you won’t want to enter a tile you rather show/sell at the festival.

 Advertising, Opening,

 We dropped o copies of the ATNW booklet and they are already being displayed along with preliminary notice. We will develop some signage and possibly some postcards. e library is eager to include an announcement on their website. We will do the same on our website and FB page, and will also discuss having an opening.

 We look forward to seeing your selections.

 If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email Gail and I

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