Arlene Knaak is a ceramic artist living in Tennessee on 165 acres, where she has her studio and gallery, as well as the natural and inspirational resources for her hand-made clay tiles.
Arlene creates raku fired tiles that are either impressed with local plants and wildflowers while the clay is soft or are carved when the clay is leather hard. After the tiles dry they are sanded, kiln fired and sometimes stained. Lastly, they are smoke-fired in straw. The smoke-firing leaves straw patterns and smokey backgrounds in the clay, and the heat from the fire changes the coloring, as well as creating iridescence.
Her serence and unique wall pieces seem to fit in many decors, from traditional to contemporary and are one-of-a-kind.