From a distance, often mistaken for stained glass, my work combines steel and handmade ceramic tiles, resulting in an art form that pairs uniquely contrasting textures and color.
Patterns inspired by nature, ancient cultures and life are divided into ceramic and metal areas. Once fired, ceramic tiles are fitted to the metal with a plasma cutter. The metal is coated with polyurethane and mounted to backer board to shadowbox the tiles.
I started working with clay with friends in a studio in Florida, which has become Stonehaus Studios. I have a background in metal fabrication and machining and have worked in machine shops and the auto industry for many years. I have taken many classes, seminars and workshops, and I continue to be influenced by the many fine potters and craftsmen, with whom I am so privileged to work.
My work can be found at the best art fairs in Kentucky; in the gallery at Kentucky Mudworks, Lexington; at Completely Kentucky, Frankfort; and on my ETSY shop "LookWhatSteveMade."