Cha-Rie Tang says, "I have accepted jobs up to 500 square feet of tiles without trouble."
“The Paragon Dragon has changed my life,” said Cha-Rie Tang, who makes custom tile murals. “A front-loading kiln is essential for tiles. I can load five layers easily. I can finally offer Craftsman tiles for installation, and I have accepted jobs up to 500 square feet of tiles without trouble.
“Years ago a friend found that his garden wall was made from Batchelder tiles. He was kind enough to allow me to make molds of his tiles. Since then I have been collecting Batchelder impressions and casting second generation Batchelder tiles. Dr. Robert Winter, the author of ‘Batchelder Tilemaker,’ gave me access to his whole collection in the Ernest Batchelder bungalow in Pasadena. He introduced me to the heirs of Earnest Batchelder, and I received their blessings to do these second generation tiles to keep the tradition alive.
“I went to a tile store. They said I needed a variety of popular colors and field tiles. It took me over 10 years and a Paragon Dragon to get ready.”
Cha-Rie likes glazes with rustic colors. She fires glazes to cone 5 in her Dragon. Cha-Rie loves nature. She makes tiles depicting bamboo, dramatic waves, fish, and birds.
“Since I can fire up to 22" x 22" in the Dragon, I carve relief panels in the style of Craftsman tiles. I have worked on the Pasadena landmark Greene and Greene Robinson House, an entrance wall for Santa Barbara's Tile Collection, Isabelle Greene's fireplace, a fountain for All Nations Church, numerous private commissions, and the new Los Angeles Public Library Exposition Park Branch.
“In addition to firing ceramics, I have used the Dragon to fire architectural sized glass. The computer controls are easy to use.”
Cha-Rie Tang has always loved art. But her parents wanted her to go into math and science. So she combined art and science and became an architect.