Carved ceramic tiles
Local 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. You can find her artwork year-round in Poulsbo at Front Street Gallery, and in Bremerton at Collective Visions Gallery.
On the Studio Tour you'll see a wide array of tiles with PNW native trees, understory plants, and birds carved into white clay with terracotta images.
Her most recent exploration in clay is fired ceramic "tiny tiles" jewelry using a printmaking technique to create bold black and white graphic designs.