WHISTLING FROG TILE CO.
Whistling Frog Tile Company is a collaboration of two artists: Rick Pruckler & Tonya Lutz. Our hands are on the work from start to finish. Read on for that 30 year journey:
Whistling Frog was founded in 1987 by Rick Pruckler. Creative by nature, he was involved in tile projects and installation pieces, like the People Mover murals in Detroit and the Michigan Welcome Center mural at the Ambassador Bridge, as well as years of instructing students in the art of ceramics. Additionally, he had the experience of hand-crafting the look and feel of the contemporary vase designs and glaze formulas used today by Pewabic Pottery in Detroit. After this, Rick knew he wanted to create a place where he could allow his artistic expertise to evolve unhindered. Thus, Whistling Frog Tile began.
With this new-found freedom to create, designs came to life, incorporating elements of nature, traditional technique, and beautiful contrast. The architectural tile work was equally striking, utilizing techniques, custom glaze formulas, and unique design elements to create aesthetically beautiful spaces and inspire the senses.
In 2011, Rick partnered with Tonya Lutz, a graduate of WSU, BFA with honors. A sculptor by nature, she was just what the company needed for the next step in its artistic evolution. The addition of her work ethic and original perspective allowed Whistling Frog’s tile line to expand even further. On the business side, she handles the admin, on the artistic side, she introduced tile narratives featuring woodland creatures, cats, & dogs. The Destination tile series continue to be an important endeavor for her. Feeling the need to have each tile make a difference in the world in addition to the delight they bring, she instituted the Saving Lives, Saving Lakes policy. Now, Whistling Frog helps preserve our natural world, with the sale of each and every tile, like a business should.
Rick and Tonya value promoting appreciation and awareness for the environment, native wildflowers and plants, endangered species, historical places, and communities through their unique designs. By celebrating and elevating their subject’s importance through art, they create pieces with meaning and vitality. This level of passion and dedication provides the essence that goes into each of Whistling Frog Tile's beautiful handmade work.