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Tile-Making Techniques

  • Woods Hall Craft Shop 712 Main Street La Pointe, WI 54850 (map)

Tile-Making Techniques

August 11th
(in the pottery room)
Cost: $25
Materials fee: $16
Maximum students: 10, ages 12 and up
Joan Slack, instructor


Sign up for both classes on this day if you wish!

In this class we will create original tiles using techniques of using templates, adding dimension, and creating texture. Those interested will use his or her tile to create a plaster mold of the original.

What to bring:

Wear old clothes or a workshirt. All tools, clay and surface materials are provided, and clay and firing costs are included in the fees. If you have an idea for tile designs do bring a photo, examples or a sketch. If you have a textural surface or interesting piece that could be pressed into clay for texture, bring along and we will see if it will work. Anything that can be used as a template is good too:  cookie cutters, cardboard shapes, etc.

There will be time to create several tiles, so think about possibly making a set (coasters are a great idea), a grouping of 2-4 tiles that can be notched to hang on the wall, or possibly a small (12’ by 4” ) mural that can be cut into 3 pieces and installed or hung.

For inspiration, try googling “handmade tiles” for a picture gallery or check some of these websites:

Hand Made Tile Association or Artisan Tile NW

To Register: Stop in at Woods Hall Craft Shop next to St. John’s Church in La Pointe, or call 715-747-3943 or 651-900-4120.


Joan Molloy Slack brings her art to many facets of her life. She is a fiber artist working primarily in “pictorial” felt-making, where fiber is used to “paint” 2-dimensional artwork. She is also ceramicist, working in a variety of ways with clay to create sculpture and pottery. She has been teaching for over 25 years, and offers art classes and workshops year-round. For the last 15 years she has been traveling and leading art related tours to Ireland, Scotland, France and Mexico. She offers new tours and workshops each year around the world, which she writes about on her blog at Authentic Travel and Tours.  Joan is also a travel writer, and enjoys writing about creative people, interesting places and positive collaborations that are changing the world.

Joan holds a Master’s Degree in Visual Arts and is the former Curator at the Tweed Museum in Duluth. When not on Madeline Island she is at her gallery and studio, Riverrun Center for the Arts in McNaughton, Wisconsin.  Contact Joan at or 715-550-0858 (cell) or 715-277-4224 (business) with any questions about the classes.

Earlier Event: August 11
The Art of Hand-Made Tile
Later Event: August 12
ARC Meeting