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Carol Ratliff

Selected Commissions:

2003, 04,05  Motivational Systems, mosaic murals used for signage,  3' x 5'  Ca

2003            Allen Residence, San Diego, CA , 29" x 36"  Hand painted tiles of Carmel Mission Church 

1999             Larry Flynt Residence, Beverly Hills, CA,  Hand-painted tiles for kitchen wall

1999             Sunset View Elementary, S.D.,CA, tile signage for fund raising tribute wall, SD, CA

1998, 99        Motivational Systems, 30" oval hand painted tile murals for housing development signage, SD, CA

1997             Storer Residence, custom designs for kitchen bar and walls - abstract, figurative, & fun, SD,CA

1996             Nicholsons residence, 2'x3' tile mural - still life with bread & fruit, S.D. CA

1995             John Carney residence, (SD Charger player) custom tiles for kitchen, Del Mar, CA

1995             Sew n' Sew, various 3-D custom ceramic forms, with Marble installation, S. D., CA

1995             Islands Restaurant/Morena Tile - 8 2' x 3' tile murals logo flower, Palm Desert, CA

1994             Ann Corren, Lucitas Mexican Restaurant - custom logo tiles ( red peppers) S.D. CA

1994             Dr. Tom Cummings, - 7' tile mural 2 dolphins jumping jacuzzi & pool side, S D, CA

1993-4          Public Arts Advisory Council, County of San Diego, CA - Grant awarded

                     to produce tiles for the Mesa College Child Development Center.

1993             Charco Construction, San Diego, CA - 50 custom hand-painted tiles

1993             Chicks Franchising - Create custom plaster mold with logo design

                     produced 400 tiles for "Chicks Natural Restaurant", Richmond, Virginia

1993             Johanson Residence, San Diego, CA - porcelain tiles hand-painted with Mexican designs for pool installation

1992             Fuller Residence, Alpine, CA. - hand-painted tiles throughout kitchen remodel

1991             Larry Flynt Residence, Beverly Hills, CA - 47 sq ft. hand-painted floor

                     tiles for kitchen remodel - matching cabinet & wall murals.

1990             Larry Flynt Residence, Beverly Hills, CA - 11 Tile murals - 110 sq. ft.

                     hand-painted floral designs installed with new landscape construction.

1989             Dr. John Conrad, Mesa College, San Diego. CA - Worked with a small group

                    to produce 400 tiles for a pool surround.

1989             Private residence, Hamika Construction, Jamul, CA - 8 tile murals duplicating

                    the ancient gates to Babylon, Egypt.

1989             La Haye Residence, Del Mar, CA - Custom tiles for patio

1989             Ray Rowan, San Diego, CA - 2 stoneware planters 18" x 20"

1988             Peterson Residence, San Diego, CA - Tile mural to go on Jacuzzi wall

                    overlooking pool with waterfall. 4' x 2'

1988             Kendrick Residence, San Diego, CA - Mural and trim tiles for kitchen

1988             Design Center, Old Town, San Diego, CA - 150 hand-painted 4" tiles with

                    Mexican bird to match fabric

1987             Yucca Valley Feed, Yucca Valley, CA - Tile mural of the store front

1987             Henry Residence, Coronado Cays, San Diego, CA - Contractor - Delphi Group

                    Tiles glazed to match wallpaper in new kitchen.

1987             Bill Layson, V.P. of S.A.I.C. (Corporation that designed the Stars & Stripes Yacht)

                    Tile Mural of yacht, 3' x 4' using 4 1/4" tiles, mounted/framed. Created to hang in S.A.I.C. offices in McClean, VA


1997             Mesa College, San Diego, CA - graduated with AA in Fine Art, Ceramics with honors

1996             Publication of "Who's Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges"

 2001            Publication of "Who’s Who Among American Business Executives"

1995-97 5     Academic Scholarships from Mesa College (1995,1996,1997)

1995             Outstanding Student Award from Mesa School of Humanities

1985-87        Midway Education Center, San Diego, CA

1972             Sawyer College of Business, San Diego, CA - Scholarship Award

1971             Graduated from San Diego High, San Diego, CA


Work History

2008             Wrote and received several grants for REC Charter School - art classes at my studio.

2007             Opened new business in Riddle, OR - Clay Potential Pottery, artist studio and gallery

2006             Authored article in new book, “Fired up with Raku”, by Irene Poulten

2000             Volunteer - Artists Advisory committee with SD Schools Visual & Performing Arts

1999-2000     Volunteer - Mudfest Organizer, locate judges & celebrities, media relations

1998              Article published in May issue Ceramics Monthly, "Clayarters Internet show"

1997-2001     Mesa College Ceramic Dept. / Lab Technician, Independent Contractor

1994-97         Mesa College Ceramic Dept. Positions: Teachers Aide, Student work study

1994             Teaching "Designs in Tile" Class at Ceramic Art/Distributors, San Diego, CA

1993             Producing "Sealife" tile series for Southwestern Tile & Marble, San Diego, CA

1993             Volunteer- National Ceramic Conference, S.D.,CA - Bus coordinator to 50+exhibits

1992             Voluntary fund raising for C.A.S.D. member show, awards & catalog

1990             Intensive glaze testing for Dr. John Conrad, Mesa College, San Diego, CA

1986-2006     Started own business - "Ratliff Tile Design", hand painting ceramic tile murals.

                     *Added husband to business in 1988 when he became a licensed tile contractor.

1986             Administrative Assistant, Cooper Ceramic Tile, San Diego, CA

1972-84        Variety of jobs including: Receiving clerk, secretarial, waitress, cross country

                    truck driver with husband, and pioneer (built a log cabin on primitive homestead)

Selected Exhibitions / Shows:

2008             Member Show, Umpqua Art Center , Roseburg , OR  

2002, 05,06  Small Image Show, Gallery 21, Spanish Village Art Center, S D, CA purchase award

2003            “Potluck” juried exhibit by the SD Potters Guild, Gallery 21, Sp Village , San Diego , CA

2003            SD Artists and their Mentors - invited as selected mentor, Award, Balboa Park, S D CA

1999             Del Mar Fair Fine Art show, Del Mar, CA - Honorable Mention

1998             Ceramics: Viewpoint '98, National show at Grossmont College, San Diego, CA

1997, 98       Del Mar Fair Fine Art show, Del Mar, CA - First Place Awards (both years)

1997, 98       1st Annual Clayarters International, Naples, Maine

1996, 97,98   C.A.S.D. Annual Show, Gallery Alexander, La Jolla, CA

1996             Teapot Show, Gallery Alexander, La Jolla, CA

1995             Clairemont Art Guild, Mesa Competition, San Diego, CA - First Place Award

1995             C.A.S.D. Annual Show, Signature Gallery, San Diego, CA

1995             Current Clay, Gallery 8, La Jolla, CA

1994             S.D. Ceramic Association, National City, CA - Awards

1994             Born of Fire, Signature Gallery, San Diego, CA

1994             Current Clay, Bravo Gallery, San Diego, CA

1993             Earth & Fire, Bravo Gallery, San Diego, CA - 2 Tile Awards

1993             Tile Artists Association Group show, Old Town, San Diego, CA

1992             C.A.S.D. Annual Show, Faith Nightingales Gallery, San Diego, CA

1992, 95       Del Mar Fair, Fine Art Show, Del Mar, CA

1991             Rune Gallery, San Diego, CA - Solo Show

1991             Calif. Collegiate Ceramic Competition, Riverside College, CA - Award

1991             San Diego Art Institute, San Diego, CA - Feb, April, May, June, August shows

1991             Cova - 1st Group show, College Grove, San Diego, CA

1990             San Diego Art Institute, San Diego, CA - June & Nov. Show,

1990             Del Mar Fair, Fine Art Show, Del Mar, CA - Award

1990             CASD Annual Show, Faith Nightingales, San Diego, CA

1990, 91, 92  Small Image Gallery 21, Spanish Village, San Diego, CA

1988             Del Mar Holiday Faire, Del Mar, CA - Awards

1988             Del Mar Fair, Home Art Show, Del Mar, CA - Special Award

1987             Mesa College, Student Show, San Diego, CA

1987             Del Mar Fair, Home Art Show, Del Mar, CA - 1st Place Ceramics Award-Tiles


Gallery Affiliations past & present

    Umpqua Valley Art Association, Roseburg , OR

    Thistleberries, Main St., Riddle, OR

    Coffee Clutch & Gallery, Main St., Myrtle Creek , OR

    Morin Glory Art Gallery , Main St. Canyonville , OR

    SD Potters Guild,  San Diego, CA

    Circa a.d.             San Diego, Ca

    Pottery by Celia    Naples, Maine

    CASD Gallery       San Diego, CA


Organizations past & present:

    Riddle Chamber of Commerce since 2007

    Founding member of Riddle Art Guild, Riddle, OR - President 2008

     Umpqua Valley Arts Association, Roseburg , OR – member since 2007

     Ceramic Artists of San Diego , CA   -    Past President 1990-96

     San Diego Potters Guild of San Diego , CA -  member 1990-2007




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Sales:  Carol Ratliff
Mailing address:  Clay Potential Pottery, PO Box 382, Riddle, OR  97469 
Street Address:   219 N Main St. in Riddle  -  Come visit me!!

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