rivermoonblossom features handmade and glazed tiles by ceramic artist strawberry curls.

Tell me about how you originally got into your craft.
I had taken a few pottery courses in college and loved working with clay but never got the hang of the wheel. In my mid 20's, I was living in Albuquerque, NM. I was a struggling jewelry artist and wanted to expand into other mediums. I followed Julia Cameron's work in "The Artist's Way", where she pushes you to find your true creative spark. I found a tile making class and signed up and instantly loved it. I started out making small tiles with more southwestern motifs but since then I have expanded and created my own style of art on tiles. I am still influenced by the southwest ( I grew up in Santa Fe) but have moved beyond that to include my love for world goddess myths and religious icons.

What is your favorite thing to do in the whole wide world?
I love to sing old folk and torch songs.

A perfect day for me would be a day off with my husband...sleep in late, take a long walk somewhere beautiful together, have a long, lazy lunch, take a nap and then be quiet and creative together....

What is your biggest challenge when it comes to running your shop?
Time and expense.
It takes a long time from start to finish for me to do a tile, mostly because I have to do many to complete one to make a large enough kiln-load. Because they are one-of-a-kind pieces, they are not within a lot of customer's price range. I sometimes offer smaller tiles at a cheaper price, but do not get as inspired to do these as I do my large tile "canvases"
I would love to be able to offer prints of my tiles, but have yet come up with a print that is as bright and vibrant as a tile.

What item in your shop would you most like to receive as a gift if someone were shopping for you?
Right now I am on an art nouveau kick, so I would love to receive "Printemps"

When you were a kid, what did you think you were going to be when you grew up?
A biologist and a mime. My scientist grandfather's heart was broken when I turned out to be an artist ( although he's proud now, but still asks me what happened to my biology aspirations)

What other shops out there do you love?
I love the art of Jess Gonacha and have quite a few of her prints

I think that Jen's work is brilliant at

I think
Brooke Kent's work is amazing

I love the jewelry and paintings of

What does your future hold?
I am trying out new mediums, mostly painting and collage.

I would love to get some shows for my tiles in some west coast galleries or shops.

To continue to view every day as a blessing.

Visit strawberry curls at solysombracreations.blogspot.com or rivermoonblossom where 10% of all sales go to heifer.org. You could give someone an extra special gift with a little more bang for your charitable buck by giving someone one of her winged creations paired with some of their winged creatures!