Handmade Tiles
Handmade Tiles by Theresa Mustafa


b. 1986, HK.


About Theresa



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I have been drawn to the art of ceramic tile since childhood, when I first became fascinated with miniature mosaics. In college I studied Roman and Byzantine mosaics, took ceramic courses, and began to create my own ceramic tile designs. At that time I had the good fortune to work for Debby Hagar, a gifted mosaic tile artist in Knoxville, TN. We made ceramic, glass and marble tile for residences and businesses. In the years after I graduated and moved away, I sought out private studios and community schools wherever I happened to live. I returned to school to study ceramics at Montclair State University in northern New Jersey where I completed a Master of Arts in May 2012. I also completed the three-month apprenticeship at Moravian Pottery and Tile Works in 2015.

I strive to create my own personal aesthetic by experimenting with new techniques, methods of tile production, and designs. A quick look around this website will reveal that my work has been quite varied.

There are many decorative and functional uses for tile in homes and businesses. Ceramic tile is durable and once installed on a wall or floor, it has a permanence that one does not often experience anymore in this age of pre-fabricated home decoration. It represents an investment in the space around you, an opportunity to express your own aesthetic values in a lasting and meaningful way.

Commercial tile production and retail chains offer an overwhelming array of choices to the tile shopper, but handmade tile is unique, just like the artist who creates it. It is a labor of love. I welcome the opportunity to collaborate with clients and create something new and individualized: something that they will love to see for many years to come.h