enamel panels for john muir school

Enamel panels at the school entrance

Enamel panels at the school entrance

In 2013 I was contracted by The Lake WA School District to create artwork for an exterior wall at John Muir School in Redmond, WA.   As with all the public projects I’ve designed, the fabrication process begins with drawing and printing in my studio. My finished design is then translated into durable materials through a process of collaboration with fabricators. In this case I worked closely with Dave Berfield at his Porcelain Company shop on Bainbridge Island, WA. The imagery is an array of native plants that I found growing on the school grounds; plants which I thought were particularly appealing to kids – skunk cabbage for its giant size and giant stink, honey suckle for the treat of a taste of honey, and the arbutus for it’s human like limbs.


Drawing plants in the studio

Drawing plants in the studio

The clay relef slab ready for printing

The clay relef slab ready for printing

6 muir screen

Dave Berfield prepares silkscreen

The panels entering the kiln for firing

The panels entering the kiln for firing

The quote from the great environmentalist and naturalist John Muir, is especially resonant at this school with it’s polyglot student body.

The quote from the great environmentalist and naturalist John Muir, is especially resonant at this school with it’s polyglot student body.

Cutting the image into a clay slab

Cutting the image into a clay slab

Setting up the repeat pattern

Setting up the repeat pattern

We printed the panels in two parts

We printed the panels in two parts

The interior panels were intentionally hung low so the  kids can feel the enamel texture

The interior panels were intentionally hung low so the kids can feel the enamel texture