Dogwood plants are common in the woods in Anchorage. It’s a low plant with six leaves and a white flower, the flower will fall off and red berries will appear. The actual plant is placed on a blank matte board and run through a press with a slab of clay. The impression is colored with mason stains and the glaze goes up to the edge of the impression.
The tile is made from the Bootlegger Cove clay gathered from the mudflats near Anchorage.
Tiles are usually fired three times. The first is a bisque firing to cone 04, or about 1850 degrees Fahrenheit, and the other two firings are to cone 6, or about 2150 degrees Fahrenheit. The tile can be used in just about any setting, wet or dry, indoor or outdoor, even as a hot plate. Though most customers just hang the tile on the wall as art.
The “Silver Hand Artist” stamp on the backside means I’m registered with the state of Alaska as a native Alaskan artist.
Flower impression tiles are a summer offering, and the supply is limited.