maryDtiles

Mary D Tiles Porcelain

Ann Arbor, Michigan
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Announcement    Handmade porcelain tiles since 2003!

I create each and every high fired, strong piece by hand from my own designs.

Not unbreakable- because it is porcelain. Do not drop.

I only use top quality, EXPENSIVE, US- Made Stainless Steel pin backs because my work is worth it!

I am not a drop shipper, I am a real artist! I must work with my own daily chores, physical and mental health, the weather, pets, hip arthritis, a whole bunch of stuff. You will get your order- just not within a couple of days like amazon. This is the way it is with real artists.

Yes! I will make your breed/mix. Just order via any design and put what you would like in the box provided. Send me pics via etsy messenger.

High fired so they are good inside and outside, in showers, around fireplaces, anywhere!
Free Shipping on all orders! Please allow up to 3 weeks for special orders. Sometimes it takes a little longer depending on situations such as electric outages during storms or high heat (can't fire the kiln if it is too hot, no air conditioning in this house).

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Last updated on Sep 30, 2022

Handmade porcelain tiles since 2003!

I create each and every high fired, strong piece by hand from my own designs.

Not unbreakable- because it is porcelain. Do not drop.

I only use top quality, EXPENSIVE, US- Made Stainless Steel pin backs because my work is worth it!

I am not a drop shipper, I am a real artist! I must work with my own daily chores, physical and mental health, the weather, pets, hip arthritis, a whole bunch of stuff. You will get your order- just not within a couple of days like amazon. This is the way it is with real artists.

Yes! I will make your breed/mix. Just order via any design and put what you would like in the box provided. Send me pics via etsy messenger.

High fired so they are good inside and outside, in showers, around fireplaces, anywhere!
Free Shipping on all orders! Please allow up to 3 weeks for special orders. Sometimes it takes a little longer depending on situations such as electric outages during storms or high heat (can't fire the kiln if it is too hot, no air conditioning in this house).

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About maryDtiles

Sales 6,960
On Etsy since 2007

Mary D's story

My ceramic and dog worlds are very interwoven!

In 1992, I started making animal pins of my own design, after being inspired by local cat jewelry artist Nancy Diamond.
I sold my cat designs at our Humane Society's holiday store, where I worked (I also worked in the shelter). Not long after, I added wild animals and dog breeds and then sold at dog shows for many years.

At the same time I ran my state's Australian Cattle Dog Rescue (1990-2004) and began showing in ACDs and Border Terriers.

In 2000, I learned how to make clay bas relief tiles from Frank Giorgini and Karim Motawi. I switched to porcelain not long after that.

In the mid-2000's I introduced the Wirehaired Portuguese Podengo Medio (and in 2012, the Kromfohrlander) to the AKC world.

My porcelain art works have shipped all over the world and are owned by some well known folks like Gisele Fetterman, Andy Bell of Erasure, Kat von D and Jill Wine Banks!

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  • Mary Dixon

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator

    Lifelong artist Mary Dixon grew up in the city (Detroit) but now prefers country life. BFA Drawing with emphasis on graphic arts, lover of pop art and old new wave music.

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Last updated on January 23, 2023
A lifelong artist, BFA/Illustration & Graphic Design, I have been working in a small studio workroom in the upstairs of our old Sears kit bungalow for 11 years. There is a good sized balcony off my workroom that overlooks my big dog yard and the 600 acre Pittsfield Preserve and spectacular, year-round sunsets.
In 1992 I originally made my animal jewelry from Friendly Plastic in my kitchen and those pieces became famous in the dog show world! But I always dreamed of making them of ceramic and in 2001, I traded the cheap, fragile Friendly Plastic for porcelain.
I also use a high fired stoneware clay that is made in Michigan and used by many of my fellow Michigan tile artisans (MI and CA were the foundation states for modern artisan tiles).
In 1999, I started to teach myself how to make tiles with some supplemental advice from tile artisan and author Frank Giorgini and Motawi tileworks co-owner Karim Motawi. Two years later I was making my jewelry from porcelain clay. I am, at my core, an illustrator and this is reflected in my clay work. However, my specialty is whimsical style, because if the dog world needs something, it's humor.
My porcelain jewelry has been advertised in the magazines Dog Fancy, The Bark and trade magazine Pet Age and earned the elusive Pet Age Magazine Pinnacle Award winner in the gift category.
I have over 20 years retail and buyer experience from some of the most legendary businesses in my town of Ann Arbor (Middle Earth, Sam's Store, Blue Front, Zingerman's).
I have developed my own personal style of retail philosophy that includes elements from all of my experiences at these places. I keep in touch with customers readily and sometimes even let them into my world.

I put a lot of time, energy and love into my work and know you will appreciate the attention to detail and high quality of my original designs.

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