Friday, November 26, 2010

"Silver Black Gradient" - SOLD

5/8" diameter- Mosaic Gold on sterling silver base

One of the nicest things to do in mosaic, that has become a bit of a “go to design” for me, is gradients.  They are not the easiest to do over such a small space, but I think they look lovely.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

"Turquoise Stripes" - SOLD

1" diameter- Mosaic gold, dichroic glass, quartz points on sterling silver base

I experimented with slightly larger pieces with this one.  I usually go as small as possible (must be my perfectionistic nature) but I think using these larger pieces is effective as well.  I’ll have to try more of this in the future.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

"Little Silver" - SOLD

5/8" square- Mosaic Gold, dichroic glass on sterling silver base

This one is really small.  But all gussied up in mosaic gold and dichroic glass, I think it makes a pretty dramatic statement, in spite of its wee size.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

"Little Red" - SOLD

1" diameter- Mosaic gold, dichroic glass on sterling silver base

I recently got some really little sterling silver bases for mosaic jewelry, so have been enjoying the new challenges they present.  Just how tiny should one go with the pieces?  Despite having mostly done larger jewelry, albeit with teeny pieces also, I really like how these smaller jewelry pieces seem to be turning out.  As a note, these wee jewels are just $45.

Monday, November 22, 2010


9" by 4"- Dalles de Verre, glass, smalti, copper, quartz, and a big thing that I can't find the name for
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I took a week hiatus as life got very crazy, but now I am back on the project.  So here’s more playing with dalle de verre, the thick plate glass that I’ve been using lately.  I just love the sparkly depth that they give. I haven’t used them with marble much, and I must give this a try.  However, I won’t be able to do this anytime soon.  This is the last wee base I currently have, so you will be treated to mosaic jewelry for the rest of the week.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

"Technicolor Bar Code"

4" by 10"- Dalles de Verre, Smalti
Okay, I was really hoping this would look like a bar code rather than just weird lines.  I mean, it's still cool, but it certainly is NOT what I had in my head.  Oh well, I got to play with dalles to my heart's content.   Maybe next week I should just stick to portraiture.

Friday, November 12, 2010

"Gossiping Giraffes"

4" by 9.5"- Smalti, Marble, turquoise, malachite, amazonite, emeralds
Sometimes I create something abstract, and then it turns out like it looks like something. Like these giraffes. Who are evidently locked in conversation.
As an aside, if you haven't already, I recommend you check out the virtual version of Jo Braun's latest art exhibit.  In addition to having me howling from laughter, it also hit very close to home in some places.  My favorite piece in the exhibit has to be "It's helps if it's abstract and kinda messy".  Hmm, didn't I just say the other day that I was trying to be less perfect and more expressionistic?  I really just meant messy.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

"It's Orange"

10" by 4"- Dalles de Verre, Eco Smalti, glass cabochon, castoff from glass blower
I have to thank my friend Marian Shapiro for the cool glass cabochon in this piece.  She graciously gave me a bunch of unusual cabs when I first started with the project, and I have been slowly working my way through them.  There is one section of this mosaic that I would go back and fix if I had the time or inclination.  Can anyone else see it?

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

"It's Green!"

8" by 7"- Dalles de Verre, marble, Eco Smalti, fluorite
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Did I mention I also got a big shipment of dalles de verre?  This is one of my new favorites.  I've used it here as a big focal piece, but you can also use it as more regular tesserae.  For those of you who are unfamiliar with this glass, it comes 8" by 12" by 1" thick, and each slab weighs about 8lbs.  It's difficult, yet exciting to cut, and I should warn you now that you'll probably be seeing a lot more of it this week.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010


7" by 5"- Dalles de Verre, Eco Smalti, Mexican Smalti, marble
The new marble order I received from Italy has some amazing colors in it that I haven't gotten to play with before.  For this piece I used some of it for the background, but then used scraps from previous projects for the "break through" section in the middle.  I think it really shows the two sides of my own journey in mosaic.  In the beginning I was trying to make everything look perfect, and now I'm trying to unlearn perfect to become more expressive, more artistic.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

"Portrait Practice #1" - SOLD

6" by 7"- Marble, various smalti
One thing I love about this project is how I get the chance to practice for other pieces in a non committal kind of way. I've only ever done one portrait, and though successful, it was in black and white, which made life a touch easier, as I only had to work on tone and not concern myself with color.  Though I'm not entirely thrilled with this piece, as I think the eye could use a little more life, and maybe not so much white around the pupil, all in all I think it was an alright attempt for a first try at a color portrait.

Having said that, I should mention that this is of no one, but just a vision in my head. Now to try actual people.

Friday, November 5, 2010

"Golden Tiger Pendant" - SOLD

2.3" by 0.7" - Tiger Eye, mosaic gold on silver plated base
I have been doing a bit of jewelry again, and I really like how this one turned out.  I love the shape of these long pendants, and they work so well for doing a gradient.  This shape just seems to suggest a gradient, and I always try to let my materials--including my substrates, have some sort of say in how the final piece turns out.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

"Una Broma Privada" - NFS

5" by 5"- Ceramic tile, marble, Eco Smalti, Mother of Pearl tile, Mexican Smalti
This piece is a departure for me, a challenge to use a material I normally wouldn't, ceramic.  I have nothing against ceramic, it's just not something I generally use in mosaic.  However, part of this process of mosaic a day is to stretch myself and push my boundaries, so I decided I work outside my normal box, just like I tell my Mosaic a Day students to do.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

"Finally Arrived"

6" by 7" - Chalcopyrite, amazonite, mosaic gold, marble

The name of this piece has to do with this being the first thing I have created in my new studio.  The six week that the studio was supposed to take turned into 13 months.  This studio, with ample teaching space, has been my dream for a number of years.  Add into this a new shipment of marble from Italy, and you have one very happy mosaic artist, as seen here:

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

"New Beginnings"

5" by 5"- Dalles de Verre, beach glass, Mexican Smalti

After a fairly extensive hiatus, I've decided to take up the project again.  I learned so much the first time around, plus it really encouraged my ongoing creativity.  As well, I finally finished my new studio and teaching space, so this will get me going.

A few people should recognize this piece, as I created it in Oakland at the Institute of Mosaic Art when I was teaching there in June.  We had so much fun that I've been asked back again for next April, and I'm already looking forward to it.

Since I've been on such a long break from the project, I'd be really grateful if you'd forward this post to anyone who might be interested.  I love the comments and ideas that I get from others, and the more, the merrier!