Don Shore and Linda Ellett's Profile

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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…

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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 30 years together I believe I served the longest ceramic apprenticeship in history. If Linda was the creative engine, I was the production guru — developing new ways to make historically accurate tiles by hand. Through the years we have produced tiles for the Mark Twain House, State Capitols in Alabama, Georgia, Michigan, Minnesota, New York and Ohio. Our tiles have shown up on movie sets and in the houses of celebrities and lovers of historic tile as far away as Australia.

Sadly, my wife Linda passed away in early 2016 after a courageous battle with cancer. Her spirit lives on in the extensive library of hand carved moulds and carefully recorded glaze formulations and I am committed to continuing the legacy of L’Esperance in her memory.

Custom work is our specialty - so convo me if you'd like something unique.

**Please check out this lovely Blog post from "In The Studio" to find out more about L'esperance Tile.

http://feliciakramer.blogspot.com/2010/06/in-studio-with-lesperance-tile-and.html

We have a second site on ebay - seller name "sometiles". You can find more of our gift line tiles, along with some installation photos, at our website - www.lesperancetileworks.com

Donald Shore

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