A tile master in our midst

GriffoultileI’ll be heading out soon to interview tile artist and manufacturer Michelle Griffoul at her home in Buellton, just north of Santa Barbara, for a Pardon Our Dust feature.

In the meantime, I was perusing her website and came across this utterly gorgeous combination of tile and bronze. Have you ever seen anything so mouth-watering?

For more than 30 years, Michelle’s website says, she "has thrown, pushed, rolled, torn, pit fired, raku fired, high fired, low fired, sun baked, flocked, painted and otherwise stretched the acknowledged limits of clay." She is classically trained potter with the eye of a painter and the production skills and sensibilities of a manufacturing engineer. While receiving her B.A. and M.F.A. in ceramics, Michelle spent a year at the International School of Ceramics in Florence, Italy.

I wrote about Michelle and her tile-infused home in the early 1990s for the Santa Barbara News-Press, and her new home tile projects since then will be a blast to report on. Plus, she’s now married to another tile master, Michael Byrne, so the whole household is pretty much all tile all the time.

Her tiles are available locally at Ann Sacks Tile & Stone in Los Angeles, Hagen Flynn in Los Angeles, the Tile Collection in Canoga Park, Concept Studio in Corona del Mar, Eurobath & Tile in Costa Mesa, Monterey Ceramic Tile & Marble in Rosemead, Mission Tile West in Santa Monica and South Pasadena, NS Ceramics in Santa Barbara and the Tile Collection in Santa Barbara.