Event Title

Staircase

Location

CSU 253

Start Date

20-4-2015 11:05 AM

End Date

20-4-2015 12:05 PM

Student's Major

Art

Student's College

Arts and Humanities

Mentor's Name

Liz Miller

Mentor's Email Address

elizabeth.miller-1@mnsu.edu

Mentor's Department

Art

Mentor's College

Arts and Humanities

Description

In Albert Lea, the Bessessen Historic Opera House Building is currently being transformed into a nonprofit art center. I am installing a permanent tile installation onto the main staircase on the front side of the building. Embarking on this tile project will allow me to expand my skill set by learning how to make press mold tile and bring attention to the building I am trying to help save. The tile is done in low relief and designed to mimic the style of the French Renaissance in order to help further the historical restorations being done to the building. 144 4x6 inch tiles, 222 ½ x ½ inch tiles, 153 ¾ x ¾ inch and 75 1 ½ x 1 ½ in have been made to fit the staircase. The larger 4x6 inch tiles depict a symmetrical pattern of a flower bud alternating with its fully bloomed self. The taller fully bloomed flower also acts as the archways that heavily dominated French Renaissance architecture. Clear glaze shows off the natural terra cotta clay coloring in the back ground with alternating red and yellow flowers with green stems. The smaller tiles will be decorated flower motifs symmetrically branching out from the central axis that match the flowers already carved into the building and have been glazed a rich yellow.

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Apr 20th, 11:05 AM Apr 20th, 12:05 PM

Staircase

CSU 253

In Albert Lea, the Bessessen Historic Opera House Building is currently being transformed into a nonprofit art center. I am installing a permanent tile installation onto the main staircase on the front side of the building. Embarking on this tile project will allow me to expand my skill set by learning how to make press mold tile and bring attention to the building I am trying to help save. The tile is done in low relief and designed to mimic the style of the French Renaissance in order to help further the historical restorations being done to the building. 144 4x6 inch tiles, 222 ½ x ½ inch tiles, 153 ¾ x ¾ inch and 75 1 ½ x 1 ½ in have been made to fit the staircase. The larger 4x6 inch tiles depict a symmetrical pattern of a flower bud alternating with its fully bloomed self. The taller fully bloomed flower also acts as the archways that heavily dominated French Renaissance architecture. Clear glaze shows off the natural terra cotta clay coloring in the back ground with alternating red and yellow flowers with green stems. The smaller tiles will be decorated flower motifs symmetrically branching out from the central axis that match the flowers already carved into the building and have been glazed a rich yellow.

Recommended Citation

Swan, Jillian. "Staircase." Undergraduate Research Symposium, Mankato, MN, April 20, 2015.
http://cornerstone.lib.mnsu.edu/urs/2015/oral_session_04/2