Kenilworth Artists Association

Asheville Tileworks and Pottery

Asheville Tileworks & Pottery

Nature themed handmade tiles plus contemporary black and white pottery

Asheville Tileworks has produced handmade tile in the Arts and Crafts tradition for 18 years.  The Tileworks, founded in by Diana Gillispie in 1998, was originally started in the River Arts District but is now located in a Kenilworth studio. Michael Robinson, architect (and husband), collaborates on the relief tile designs, configures custom tile lay-outs on the computer, and documents tile installations. Many talented clay artists from Western North Carolina's extensive crafts community have worked as assistants over the years, pressing and glazing tiles, and firing the kilns.

‘Our goal at Asheville Tileworks is to enhance the homes of our clients with color, pattern and design. Our approach to design is to understand and compliment the individual aesthetic of our clients through years of experience with custom tile. Ideally, our work is about sharing ideas, forming relationships and always being open to finding better solutions.’

MFA, Sculpture, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI
BFA, Ceramics, Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO

Professional Organizations 
Southern Highland Craft Guild, Asheville, NC, Piedmont Craftsmen, Winston-Salem, NC, Handmade in America, Tile Heritage Foundation, American Crafts Council


Teaching Experience
Odyssey Center for the Ceramic Arts, Asheville, NC, John C. Campbell Folk School, Brasstown, NC, Roger Williams College, Bristol, RI, Chautauqua Institute, Chautauqua, NY, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI, Haywood Community College, Clyde, NC

Sushi by Asheville Tileworks and Pottery
Road by Asheville Tileworks and Pottery
Pieced Bowl by Asheville Tileworks and Pottery