Better Homes & Gardens, Home Products Guide, Fall/Winter 1994
The year 1994 was the year that I saw my first work of art (my hand painted ceramic tile mural) on a magazine cover . Albeit, it was only about two or three
square inches, nonetheless, it was enough to send me all over town buying every copy of the magazine I could find, sending them to my friends & relatives. I was sure I was going to be famous (and rich)!
Though I have yet to walk down any red carpet, I was to learn that though I was on the road to success, for me the road is more often a maze than a straight shot to the Emerald City. And, I was surprised to find that (as I matured) my inner picture and description of “success” kept changing too.
All these years later, I’ve discovered that my calling to be an artist is a rich and complex gift.
I began creating ceramic tiles in 1991. I had just finished a two-year stint as a lettering and mural artist for an outdoor advertising (billboard) company, and was teaching college art classes in the evenings. I was so sickened by the substances I used in
the billboard work, that I couldn’t comfortably oil paint. Implementing a friend’s suggestion, I switched to painting on ceramics. Completing a series of images, I sent them to the Ann Sacks Tile & Stone store in Portland, Oregon. Kohler Plumbing Industries had just purchased the store as the flagship for a national chain and I found myself serendipitously in the tile business!
I quickly joined a business class, bought a kiln and learned about the ceramics business. After selling art tile with AST&S for several years, I branched into other retail venues, eventually teaming up with a tile manufacturer and supplying my Cristina Acosta® Signature line of ceramic tile to Home Depot stores, among others.
My career as an artisan tile maker lasted about ten years, including a sideline making tabletop pieces such as pitchers, bowls and platters. Though I no longer do production work, I create some projects for how-to articles in books and magazines and for my home design projects.
I also license images for manufacture.