Janet Ontko is inspired by the simplicity and style of the Craftsman Movement. The honesty of the materials, the look of the clay, the touch of the potter, and the return to the craft tradition compelled Janet to develop her own signature style. Her line of award-winning tiles, birdhouses and sculptures incorporates her love of gardening and nature.
For almost seventeen years, Janet has traveled though the United States showing her line at wholesale and retail shows. Her work is sold in museums and galleries throughout the United States and Japan. Janet’s designs have won various awards and have been highlighted in both newspaper and magazine articles. Her tiles have even featured in the television set design for “Martha Stewart Living”.
Janet has a reputation of providing wonderful designs. And this reputation has created a following of pottery enthusiasts who come to her for custom creations. Her work encompasses the home and yard for the consumer, as well as civic and commercial projects for city and private contractors.
Collecting vintage pottery (including Roseville, McCoy, and Peters and Peters), drawing, and working in her garden and fishpond are Janet’s relaxation and inspiration for new designs. Twice a year, she opens her studio to highlight new designs and to continue to meet her enthusiasts.
Mission Guild Studio is a “Unique” dual artisan owned & operated studio specializing in a revival and renewal of Arts & Crafts era ideals. With a strong passion and established philosophy of “Forward Thinking in the Craftsman Tradition” this studio offers both traditional and one of a kind art furnishings & decor. Although widely known for their exceptional & distinctly recognizable framed tiles, the artisans at Mission Guild specialize in multi-mediums such as Rare Hardwoods, Clay, Precious Metals, Paintings, Prints and Glass. Individually they each bring you over 20+ years of experience in the arts and design.
The artisans: Christie Schorf-Miller & James Miller have both been individually Awarded the designation of “Roycroft Renaissance Artisan”. The history of Roycroft dates back to the late 1800’s – early 1900’s on the historic Roycroft Campus in East Aurora, NY and was at the forefront of the Arts & Crafts era in America. The award of Roycroft Artisan includes the privilege of using the historical and highly collectable Roycroft Renaissance Mark/Orb on their creations. Christie has received Roycroft Master Artisan status for her work in Clay. James has received the Roycroft Master Artisan status for his work in Wood. Christie has also received Roycroft Artisan awarded status for her works in Metal/Jewelry.
“Our offerings are artisan designed and created here in our studio, rather than factory mass produced. We offer a variety of exclusive – One Time Only – artisan creations with Limited Availability. We also provide an extensive On-Line Catalog for shopping via our web site at www.MissionGuild.com… Be sure to keep our web site Book Marked in your Favorites as we are frequently updating the on-line catalog with new hand wrought selections. Additional works can be found for sale year round at one of our select Shows or at one of our New York based Gallery affiliates. Details & directions to these locations can be found on our web site.
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The team at Motawi Tileworks is passionate about making great tiles, while spreading our positivity and sharing our experience. Our company was founded in 1992 by Nawal Motawi, who started making tiles in her garage and selling them at the Ann Arbor Farmers Market next to the rutabaga sellers. More than 30 of us now now make tiles in a 12,900 square foot studio, and sell them through more than 300 stores spread across the United States. We utilize Toyota Style Production thinking and methodology, and strive to cultivate positivity, constant improvement, and high quality tile.
Nawal’s motto: It’s fun to be good at what you do!
All our tiles are handmade in our studio to produce custom ceramic tile for your home. Inherent with handmade ceramic tile is variation in the hue, shade and glaze finish. To most, this natural variation is the intrinsic beauty that draws your eyes to our tile. For others, it is the wide variety of Arts & Crafts glaze colors that are available. Our field tiles are extruded and hand cut to the desired size. Our reliefs are produced from our production molds; either from our 30 ton mold press or hand-pressed molds. We make our tile to function and fit the space for your pleasure to reflect your creativity and personality.
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