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Tiles for the Open Space Traditions Garden

Delighted!

Honored to the max!

The staff at City of Albuquerque’s Open Space Visitor Center, 6500 Coors Blvd NW, along with Board Members of the Open Space Alliance, commissioned me to make 10 by 10 inch illustrated label signs for 11 elements in their demonstration garden dedicated to garden bed designs used in our region over time. The Open Space Visitor Center has a tradition of its own of honoring the connection between  art and ecology. Tile Heritage Association member Margy O’Brien created plant tile signs for this place many years ago, so there’s even a tradition of tiles there!

 

Staff members Noel Chilton, Kim Selving, Kent Swanson were joined by Board Member Charlie Wood to review my proposal to make press tiles. I showed them my Garden Companions press tile series (see other section of this blog) and they liked the idea that copies of the tiles could be made.

First four tiles were completed first week of April. Second four were completed by mid June. A wonderful garden party happened Saturday June 25th to unveil the installation. The last ones will be completed by the end of August and be installed in time for the Center’s  10th anniversary celebration mid September.

Here, in the “mosaic” above, are photos of the tiles and the process, from drawing to press tile to glazing of bisque-fired “pulling” from the negative.

 

 

 

Thanks to Linda’s suggestion, here are a few more photos showing the placement of the tiles at the Traditions Garden, Open Space Visitor Center on the west bank of the Rio Grande in Albuquerque.

inside the entrance with tile signs

inside the entrance with tile signs

entrance to Traditions Garden at Open Space Visitor Center

entrance to Traditions Garden at Open Space Visitor Center

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finished Compost tile

finished Compost tile

glazing Compost tile

glazing Compost tile

Spanish tile at home

Spanish tile at home

drawing for Compost

drawing for Compost

Olla tile at home

Olla tile at home

Acequia tile at home

Acequia tile at home

Compost tile at home

Compost tile at home

Thank You Charlie Wood tile

Thank You Charlie Wood tile

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3 Responses to “Tiles for the Open Space Traditions Garden”


  1. July 11, 2016 at 7:02 am

    What a wonderful honor for you! They couldn’t have made a better choice, I think. The tiles themselves are lovely. My favorite is “Hunter/Gatherer,” I think. It’s hard to make a decision. I hope once they’re in place, you’ll show us some photos of that.

    • July 11, 2016 at 12:30 pm

      Hi Linda, thanks for sharing your response!!
      I will definitely do an addendum to this post soon.
      I made this post off my phone … thus I left off good photos of the installation, which is integral – you’re right! My laptop’s hard drive was lost last Friday, and still in process with it.

      • July 11, 2016 at 12:37 pm

        Oh, my. I’m sending sympathy and commiseration and all that. Computer problems are the worst. I hope all is resolved soon for you, and without any significant loss! Good luck!


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