This handcrafted ceramic tile plaque was designed by Sr. Jane Mary Sorosiak, who is known for creating large scale ceramic murals. She has now used her artistic talents to create this smaller scale ceramic tile as a way to help fund the care of the elderly sisters of her Order, The Sisters of St. Francis located in Sylvania, Ohio.
This tile has the image of the Virgin Mary holding the infant Jesus. In the upper right is the Bethlehem star and a descending white dove representing the Holy Spirit. Plaque measures approximately 9 inches high by 4 inches wide.
Each tile goes through a multi-step process starting with preparing the clay and rolling it out into thin slabs. Teh clay is then put into molds the Sisters have made from their original designs. After drying, the tiles are fired in the kiln. Once cool, theuy are ready for glazing or painting. From start to finish, each tile takes about a week to produce.
Each Alverno tile is more than just a small work of art, it's a reflection of the Franciscan love of beauty based on St. Francis' deep-rooted belief in God's presence within all of creation. Its a blessing, a gift of the Sister's hands, hearts and prayer.
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NOTE: Stand in photo NOT included.