I just began a new job this week as one of many artist at the Banana Patch Studio. I am learning a completely new medium. Hand screened and painted ceramic tiles. Yesterday was my third day on the job and I completed 36 tiles. The day before I completed 30. I am fascinated with the lengthy process that goes into one tile. After I spend hours on application of the image ,wording and borders they need to dry for 24 hours. Then they are sprayed with a thick glaze that puts a cloudy surface on top of the design. They are then stacked in trays to be placed inside the kiln to slowly fire for 24 hours. After the tiles cool then they are cleaned and checked for blemishes that may have occurred during the firing process. We then apply Masonite backs with a slot for hanging on a nail to the back of the tiles with a super strong adhesive. They are then ready to ship all over the world!
I am really happy to have this wonderful part-time job as an artist. Along with the painting and creating I do in my own private studio plus Banana Patch I am finally a true-to-life-full-time artist! Following what my son reminded me to do..."follow your dream and be the artist you are!" Mahalo son for guiding your mom into confidence!