Award-winning New York City artist Joan Rothchild Hardin is known for her luscious, custom hand painted tiles. In 2008 she branched out to add a sophisticated line of one-of-a-kind designer mirrors incorporating her art tiles, upholstery fabrics, exotic textiles, and decorative nail heads.
The output from the Hardin Tiles studio in Soho exemplifies an unabashed love of lush colors, textile patterns, textures, and visual humor. Some of the influences on Joan’s work have been Silk Road and Japanese textiles, Persian and Indian carpet designs, and the French Impressionist painters. She understands the way color and light from well-chosen design materials can imbue a room with happiness – and enjoys creating the experience of peaceful beauty that rooms bearing the obvious touch of the human hand possess.
Joan’s residential and corporate tile commissions include three veterinary hospitals, a yoga studio, and residential projects in New York City. Individual art tiles have also been purchased by private clients in the US and abroad.
Hardin Tiles have been exhibited in galleries and shows around the country – including Pewabic Pottery, Moravian Tile Works, Oakland Museum, Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens, AMACO/Brent NCECA Invitational Exhibition, and internationally at the Museum of Modern Art in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
Joan’s tile work has been featured in a Symposium on Contemporary Tile Makers sponsored by the Tile Heritage Foundation in Washington, DC, and in several art books, including 500 Tiles, A Glaze of Color, Ceramic Tile Art for the Home, and many GUILD Sourcebooks. Joan and her work were the subject of a Craft Insider interview in 2008. Ceramics Monthly published her article on two Australian ceramic artists in 1991.
The American Art Clay Company purchased a Hardin Tile for its Permanent Ceramics Collection and has featured Joan’s tiles in their ads in both Ceramics Monthly and Pottery Making Illustrated as well as in their catalogues.
Hardin Tiles were featured in the MADE section of the 2009 Architectural Digest HOME DESIGN SHOW in New York City. Architectural Digest featured one of Joan’s designer mirrors in the July 2009 issue and a framed tile in the October 2011 issue .
For many years she was a co-owner and president of Brooklyn Artisans Gallery, an artisan owned and operated fine crafts gallery in Brooklyn, until she resigned in 2003 to devote more time to her studio work.
In 1999 Joan’s tiles won an Architecture Award in the Silverhawk Fine Craft Competition. Her work is represented in the slide registries of The Tile Heritage Foundation and the New York City Percent for Art Program.
Joan welcomes collaboration with interior designers, architects, and homeowners to create unique custom tiles for site-specific design projects: back splashes, murals, shower enclosures, window sills, and fireplace surrounds, tiles to display as art objects – and designer mirrors.