Unique ceramic tiles, tile trays and tile jewelry.

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Announcement    Welcome to my shop! Color, meaning and cultural expression can be found here. Discover the right gift for the right occasion.


Last updated on Mar 10, 2020

Welcome to my shop! Color, meaning and cultural expression can be found here. Discover the right gift for the right occasion.


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About LeaWayDesigns

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About Lea-Way Designs

Growing up with parents who were creative in their own way, they established a home where we kids could express ourselves and be ourselves. From that childhood I learned the grace of combining art with function, because in our house there was nothing that didn’t have a purpose or significance for us. It was years into adulthood before I realized I was trying to recreate spaces (and subsequent artwork) to reflect that experience.

Tiles are a tactile way to combine beauty with function. I use patterns and designs found in textiles and symbols from West Africa (as a nod to my forebears) to create work that attracts the eye and has meaning. From my creative practice as a graphic designer, I gravitate to bold images, colors and textures. I’m always seeking cultural patterns to create designs I haven’t seen on tiles. Symbols and patterns are universal across cultures, and these are designs anyone can enjoy.

Lea-Way Designs began creating art tiles that could be hung on the wall or used as coasters. Several designs inspired home installations for kitchen backsplashes. Over time the line expanded to Two-Way Tile Trays™ which serve a dual purpose: use the tray as a decorative centerpiece or take the tiles out to employ as coasters. These led to coaster sets. With these two product lines, folks can personalize their homes and small spaces. Currently the addition of jewelry–tile bracelets, earrings and necklaces–allows people to express their individual style.

My goal for customers is to create a physical and personal space that resonates and has substance for them.

Shop policies

Last updated on May 10, 2022
My tile designs are inspired by cultural symbols and textile patterns. Some use West African symbols (called Adinkra) and motifs from textiles known as mudcloth or bogolon cloth.

The 4.25-inch tiles used as single art tiles, in trays or coaster sets are hand-glazed porcelain bisque, fired at 1911 degrees Fahrenheit. Tiles can be cleaned with mild soap and water. The glaze used is food safe. They are not dishwasher safe nor can be submerged in water. The blonde wood in the Two-Way Tile Trays uses sustainably-grown alderwood.

The smaller tiles used in the jewelry are handmade from stoneware clay, hand-glazed and fired at 1911 degrees F. All scrap clay for the jewelry is recycled to create more tiles.

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Returns & exchanges

See item details for return and exchange eligibility.


PayPal payments (and MasterCard, Visa, Discover or American Express through PayPal), checks and money orders are accepted. Please keep in mind that with checks or money orders, products are not shipped until the check or money order clears.

For custom orders, a down payment is required before work begins.

Cancellation of an order must be done within 48 hours. Once a custom order is in production, it cannot be cancelled. I want to work with you to resolve the situation, so please contact me as soon as possible.


Tile products can be shipped within 2-3 days after receipt of order. Custom orders, depending on the design, can take between 2-4 weeks. (If you have a special deadline, let me know right away.) I will contact you to let you know when an order has shipped.

Small orders ship via USPS Priority Mail Flat Rate boxes. Larger orders ship using FedEx Ground (with insurance included in shipping fees). All orders are carefully wrapped with bubble wrap and foam sheets/paper to make sure they arrive safely and intact. (Packing materials are recycled as often as possible unless they are unusable.)

If an item arrives damaged or broken, please save all shipping materials and contact me right away so a new item can be sent soon as possible. For items shipped by FedEx, contact me right away so I can file a claim and ship a new item to you as soon as possible. A photo of the damaged item may be required. If an item is lost in shipping, a claim must be filed so I can work on locating the item or replacing it.

Shipments to Canada and overseas require calculated shipping costs before you make a purchase. Please contact me to set up a custom item with the correct shipping fees.

Additional policies and FAQs

I can create custom designs. Please contact me for more information and to discuss the details of your project to see if it is a good fit.