I began my career over 35 years ago. I am inspired by ornamental architectural designs that are found in several of the turn of the century homes, commercial buildings, iron fences & church’s. My architectural pottery incorporates stoneware tiles that are hand formed, then pressed, and then patterned. I like to stress my clay then form it into a piece that looks as if it could be found from the architectural ruins of the ancient and mysterious civilizations. Tiles are then textured, the edges are pattern and waved, as the art tile is completed I intentionally leave the work of art rough. My pieces are marked with my fingerprint as my signature. Glazing seems to be the most exciting part of my work, each tile are represented of some of the authentic original colors.
"Look up, look down, and look all around ...
you never know what lies about".
Debbie La Pratt began her art career over 35 years ago creating beautiful original ceramic Dickens-Style Villages. Attending her first craft show started her love for working in clay designing the villages. Each piece of her Dickens-Style Villages could be personalized at the art show to fit the family that purchased it. Over the years with growing interest of her work, Debbie started her quest with handmade buildings of historical Michigan lighthouses from throughout our Great Lakes as well as historical homes and buildings throughout the Metro Detroit area. This began her love for Detroit's amazing architecture.
Debbie's one of a kind hand-crafted pieces is inspired by the "hidden treasures" throughout the city of Detroit. Each tile is handmade and glazed to give it that effect that is very organic and resembles the original artifact. Tiles are placed in a kiln of over 2,000 degrees which can take up to 24 hours from start to finish. Debbie authenticates her work by pressing her fingerprint as a trademark on the front of each piece along with her signature.