Ellen uses a stoneware clay body to produce her botanical themed pottery murals. A continuous length of clay is rolled out flat in preparation for the design process which integrates real leaves, free-form drawing and carving. Depending on the size of the project, this step may take up to five days. The mural is then cut into smaller pieces, smoothed by hand, and numbered to a corresponding diagram. Over the next few weeks, the tiles are carefully and slowly dried until they are ready to be bisque fired. Once bisque firing is completed, the raku glazing & firing process begins. Only a few tiles can be fired at a time in the raku kiln making it a time consuming process that can take up to a week to complete. After firing, each tile must be cleaned, then polished.
Ellen was a fantastic student, and it has been a pleasure to watch her become a fantastic potter
In my 30 years of tile experience, I have never seen anything as unique as this Raku backsplash. It was a pleasure to install and at the end of the day, Ellen, the client and myself were all thrilled with the result. It's more than a backsplash...it's a work of art. Spectacular! I would highly recommend that you contact Ellen to explore the possibilities for creating an unforgettable, one-of-a-kind masterpiece for your own home.
About 9 years ago, I saw some of Ellen's pottery in a shop in Victoria, and decided to contact her to see about doing a backsplash for my renovated kitchen. Everything was handled by email, without a single hitch or surprise. The many pieces, which were all numbered, arrived safely, complete with a comprehensive drawing for the tilesetter to follow for installation. It couldn't have been easier. The backsplash is still as beautiful as the day it was installed. I am so pleased and have received numerous compliments. I would highly recommend Ellen.