Carol Hegedus, the owner/artist of Handmade Tile Studio, specializes in creating handcrafted tiles that are inspired by nature -- in the shape of birds, flowers, leaves, insects, etc. Each mosaic style art tile is hand-cut from soft, high-fire clay. Then it is dried, glazed with brilliant colors and fired in a kiln up to four times. The tiles are of the highest quality and artisanship and each is one-of-a-kind. Due to the nature of handmade ceramics, slight variations in size, color, or accents add to the charm of each piece. All of the tiles are 3/16th inch thick and are weather tolerant. Recently, I've been making 'skinny' tiles that are about 1/8th inch thick for use with glass mosaics or to cover handmade structural surfaces that aren't flat.
My decorative art tiles lend themselves to an endless variety of possibilities. They can be used to create colorful mosaic murals and also I also sell individual tiles to other mosaic artists. To purchase handmade tiles, you are welcome to make an appointment to visit my studio. I'm sorry, but I am not able to accommodate phone or email orders for tiles at this point.
Over the summer, I'll be making new tile designs and experimenting with some new glazes so I won't be offering classes until the fall. Later this summer, I'll post my next class dates under the 'CLASSES' page of this site; the registration form with project prices is also under 'CLASSES' on this site. Special classes may be announced at a later date...so keep an eye on this web site for updated information! Also, I'm willing to schedule special classes for small groups who want to come together to make mosaics -- contact me about setting the date for your family or friends to make mosaics together! And send an email or phone if you'd like to make an appointment to visit my studio or purchase tiles for your own artwork over the summer.
My handmade tile mosaics can be found in Tucson at Desert Artisans Gallery (6536 E. Tanque Verde), at Harlow Gardens (5620 E. Pima St.) and the gift shop at Tohono Chul (7366 N. Paseo del Norte).