When Pat paints her large ceramic      
tile paintings,
she lays out the tiles on
the floor and paints them as a whole.   
She does not grid the painting out or
work on one piece of the tile at a time.  
    Chip carving the wood shape
    that Pat has drawn on. He uses
    a Dremel tool and a lot of
Wood and tile " DUCK "
Pat and Chip Denison create large unique paintings as well as their annual  6" x 8" silk screened tile series.
    the Denisons
    29 year old
    decides to
    entertain Pat
    by bathing
    in the pan of
Pat cuts and applies ceramic decals to some glazed tiles.
These tiles will be used on the bodies of the wood  cut-outs.The decals
add a lot of pattern and detail. The images are ceramic glaze and
require another kiln firing.
Chip bandsaws plywood into a  shape from Pat's design.
Pat has her
work cut out for
her. After Chip
cuts the wood
shape from
Pat's pattern,  
Pat draws the
design for Chip
to carve.
Chip painting one of the three
layers of glaze that will make the
tiles look shiny after the tiles are
fired in the electric kiln.
Tiles stacked in the kiln, waiting
for Chip to unload them after their
first firing at temperature 1865  F.
The tiles still need metallic accents
screened on and another firing.
Pat painting a floor load of carved, double
primed, plywood shapes. She uses latex enamel
paint and paints at least two coats.
These photos show just a few of the
more visual steps in the many
times  Pat and Chip pick up, alter
and juggle the materials used to
create a Denison Tlles artwork.
They do not price their work by the
hour and do not keep track of all
the time spent on one individual
piece. The Denisons evaluate their
yearly income, add in the fun factor
and privilege of working at home,
together, and decide on a price
structure. Their prices are low for
all the labor involved, but, then, the
Denisons really enjoy their life.
    One of the last steps in the lengthy process is for Pat to pound in the
    upholstery nail embellishments that add texture,pattern and interest to
    the Denison art.
The Denisons aren't secretive about their process. They are happy to share sources, and answer questions.
They love art and artists. Please be respectful of their time though. They don't teach or give seminars.
The Denisons art is about creativity, energy, and labor, not secret recipes.
Pat Custer Denison,
cutting the lacquer
film used to adhere
to the screen to
make a stencil for
applying  glaze to a
ceramic tile(one of
the few times she
works at a desk).
There is a lot of hand painting on
the silk screened tiles.
Chip does all the hair and fingernails.
Pat does all the eyeballs, eye catch
lights, and big splooshy areas(Chip
hates to paint outside the lines). Chip
paints ALL the black edges, free hand.
Pat and Chip work, comfortably,
sitting on their studio floor.
Chip is feeding tiles to Pat so she can
squeegee the under glaze through the silk
screen stencil. Each color needs at least two
applications to be the right intensity when
fired. Each color requires a separate screen
stencil cut and made to make up the layers. It
usually takes 5 or 6 stencils to complete the
design (plus one more stencil for the metallic
accents that screen on after the first firing,the
gold gets fired in a second firing).