Don Shore and Linda Ellett's Profile
L’esperance Tile Works was founded by Linda Ellett, who spent her life “playing in the mud.” /brimming with creative energy, she honed her talents at Alfred University and apprenticed at the Moravian Pottery and Tile Works in Doylestown, PA. She founded L’esperance Tile Works in 1979, where she produced art tiles of her own designs. In 1979 she started her business with a small inheritance from her Grandmother, Elizabeth Hope Collopy. Her great grandparents had come from Canada and anglicized their name to Hope from L’esperance. Grandmother Collopy was an entrepreneur and Linda was inspired by her strength and determination.
Linda married me in 1983. With my interest in urban planning and historic revitalization, I became an enthusiastic partner — in life and in business. Together we transitioned the Tile Works toward larger projects focusing on tile restoration in historic buildings. In more than…
- Joined September 23, 2006