As founder and creator of Arius Tile, Roberta Goodman has gained
a national and international reputation for her designs and glazing
techniques. Her work was recently featured in the Museum of International
Folk Art in Santa Fe and on the Home and Garden
Best known for her resonant shamanistic images and clarity of
color, Roberta has spent a lifetime adapting her inner visions
to ceramic form. The pastoral landscapes and artifacts of her
beloved Southwest inspire many of her designs, and the rich traditions
of Native American art vibrate in her designs with the dreamlike
urgency of ancient European cave paintings. It was after traveling
through France, in the Dordogne, Lot and Ardeche regions, that
Roberta began "to fuse these primordial images that are my heart."
She expanded her tile paintings into three-dimensional pots, plates
and bowls, innovating with glazes, including majolica that she
had learned earlier in Italy and Turkey.
Travel has been important to Roberta Goodman, but never to the exclusion of domestic life. Images of food, rituals of the hearth, family milestones and religious celebrations, all are sharply observed in Roberta's art. An animal lover whose household has included dogs, cats, and parrots, she is especially fond of a series she created that displays over one hundred individual canine breeds.
Roberta has lived in Santa Fe since 1971 where she immerses herself
in that unique city's diverse cultures. All of her newer series
can be viewed at www.cavehorseart.com
and also at www.ariustile.com.
Renowned for her versatility, Roberta Goodman also creates custom
art and custom-made functional ware.
Each one of Roberta's works of art are individually handpainted, unique and signed by Roberta herself.
| "With the appearance
of our earliest ancestors, prehistoric art was born. The earliest
humans decorated everyday objects, and portrayed human and animal
images on blocks of rock.
The most astonishing rock art emerged approximately 15,000
to 22,000 years ago in the Magdalenian Period—primarily
in Europe. Large areas in France and Spain contain caves rich
in this most ancient art. While visiting some of these sites—Rouffignac,
Pech-Merle, Cougnac, Font-de-Gaume, Lascaux—I became so
enchanted with these shamanic images, that I began painting adaptations
on tiles, murals, plates and pots. While personally hand-painting
each ceramic piece, I try to exude the feeling tone of these remarkable