The four designs on the left originated with artist Cary Phillips.
Charley Harper's "Cool Cardinal"
Though several of the processes involved in creating the tiles can be done mechanically, every tile gets the hands-on treatment at least ten times during its evolution. Some of these call for low-tech tools like the simple band-aid which protects the worker's finger as he smooths sharp edges. Colored glazes are applied using bulb syringes.
"Boy Reading" mural
These tiles are based on block prints by artist Yoshiko Yamamoto.
When we (a group of journalists) visited, Nawal arranged for us to make our own tiles. Even though all we did was use a variety of stamps to press designs into the clay (they glazed and fired the tiles and mailed them to us) we still felt pretty creative. Funny, she didn't ask to use any of our designs!