Saturday, September 15, 2012

Ammolite Towers

3" by 4.5"-Marble, ammolite
Available for Purchase at Carrot Community Coffee House

I made this piece awhile ago, and just haven't gotten around to posting it.  I'm fairly fond of it, for a couple of reasons.  First, the "towers" are of ammolite, which is considered the gemstone of my province, Alberta.  While it can be found elsewhere, such as Russia, none of it is as nice as the specimens found in Alberta.  Nice specimens are almost as bright and color changing as dichroic glass.  These two pieces are of pretty low quality, but a fellow gave them to me quite randomly because he knew I liked rocks.   I also like that the background in this piece, while seemingly varied in colour, is in fact all the same kind of marble.

And your daily reminder: Vote for Margo!

Friday, September 14, 2012

Mini Shag

3.5" by 2.5"- Smalti, dichroic glass fusions
Available for Purchase at Carrot Community Coffee House

I've been experimenting with a new mosaic style that I like to call shag carpet.  I'm sure some mosaic artist/wordsmith will come up for the perfect technical "opus" for it.  For the non mosaic artists, there are a variety of mosaic "opera" that have fancy latin names; basically it boils down to how the pieces are laid.  Opus Shaggeum, perhaps?

And if you have a chance today:  Vote for Margo

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Wee Landscape

2.5" by 3.5"- Dalles de Verre, pearls, Eco Smalti
Available for Purchase at Carrot Community Coffee House

Okay, got going on some wee mosaics again.  I'm gearing up for the Christmas season art shows, and so am needing some smaller pieces to go with my larger ones. So I thought going even smaller than the standard Mosaic a Day size, which averages about 6" by 6", would be fun.  I admit it's both a challenge and a delight to work this small.   Trying to say something in so few tesserae is certainly interesting.  I find myself creating these smallish landscapes of sorts. 

On another note, I'm in a contest to win a full page artist profile in a magazine. The winner is being decided by vote, and you can vote daily.  If you have a moment, would you be so kind as to follow the link and hit the thumbs up?  Vote for Margo  I know that some of you have received this link repeatedly through a couple sources, and apologize for the overkill.  Your votes are most appreciated!

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Mosaic Textures: Red Fascinators

7" by 6" - Fused elements with copper mesh, marble, smalti, Eco smalti
Available at Mosaic Morphosis

This is the final installment of the Textures series. Here again I've used fused glass elements incorporated in the mosaic. These pieces were layered with copper mesh emerging from in between two layers of glass. The exposed copper is pliable, so I was able to form little copper scrunchies at the ends. After doing so a student of mine felt they looked like the fancy fascinator hairpieces, and the name stuck.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Mosaic Textures Green

7" by 5" - Fused glass elements, smalti, marble, vitreous glass, Van Gogh glass, Eco smalti
Available at Mosaic Morphosis

As a way to incorporate many textures in an abstract way, I decided to fuse a glass "grid" of sorts to delineate various section. I'm really very pleased with the result.

When I teach the Mosaic Textures class in Los Angeles at Mosaic Morphosis, we will be adding a fuming component to the class. I'm really excited about this, as using fused components in mosaic really opens up a whole new level of exploration. So many possibilities, so little time....

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Mosaic Textures Black

8" by 6" - Marble, stained glass, vitreous glass, smalti, Eco smalti
Available at the Santa Barbara School of Mosaic Art

So hot on the tails of the all white piece, I decided to do an all black one. Interestingly enough, I actually had more tonal variation to play with than the white piece. The design here is loosely based on the Blue Textures piece, as I felt it was an excellent design for playing with multiple textures.

All these piece have been created to display the sorts of pieces we will creat in the three Mosaic Textures classes in California in June. If you live in that sunny State, you should join in!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Mosaic Textures White

8" by 8" - Marble, eco smalti, dalles de verre, smalti, vitreous glass, stained glass
Available at the Institute of Mosaic Art

Third in the Textures series, we have white. Unlike the first two colors, blue and amber, I can't really say that I have tonal variation here to use. Therefore, the Texture becomes extremely important. However, I do think I managed to convey my subject, a corn field, rather well.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Mosaic Textures Amber

10" by 8" - Marble, smalti, stained glass, dalles de verre
Available at Santa Barbara School of Mosaic

This piece is the second in the series of textured mosaics. The image here is loosely based on an image of the SARS virus. A little morbid, I'm aware, but the fact of the matter is many viruses are absolutely beautiful in appearance. I'm quite fascinated by this fact; attractive thing can be toxic or deadly.

I've been having a great time trying to convey the images/subjects of these pieces using only texture and tone, while the hue remains the same. More on this tomorrow.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Mosaic Textures Blue

8" by 8"--Stained glass, marble, vitreous, smalti
Available at the Institute of Mosaic Art

This is the first of 6 mosaics in a series of mosaics exploring the use of texture. These pieces are designed to be examples for my upcoming classes in California. I'll be teaching in Oakland, Santa Barbara, and LA in the month of June. I've really been enjoying coming up with unusual mosaic texture concepts to share with my students.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Copper and Turquoise

40mm by 20mm - Turquoise, mosaic gold in sterling silver
Email to Purchase at $150.00

This might be my favorite of the recent pendants. I really like the slightly bigger ones, and the jewelry bases that are used in them are exquisite. This a variation on my love of red and turquoise, changing the red up for a more elegant copper. 

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Turquoise Gradient

18mm by 13mm - Mosaic Gold set in sterling silver
Email to Purchase at $70.00

Creating a gradient is another successful design that I use in these pendants.  This one isn't quite as good as some others I've done, owing to the drastic contrast between the silver and the turquoises, as well as the small base area. Having said that, I do still like the result, it just wasn't quite what I had hoped for.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Lime Pendant

16mm diameter - Filati, smalti, mosaic gold in sterling silver
Email to Purchase at $70.00

Have I ever mentioned that I love the color lime?  I don't always get a chance to use it in my artwork, so here it is in a pendant.  Again, the simple mix of colors works....

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Byzantine Pendant

30mm diameter - Mosaic gold, filati, millefiori set in sterling silver
Email to Purchase at $120.00

I'm very pleased with how this particular pendant turned out. All the elements work together so well. I just can't believe how much detail the folks at Effetre are able to get into millefiori that is only 2-3mm in diameter. It really is very incredible.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Off Center Warm Tones

16mm diameter - Mosaic gold, filati, millefiori in sterling silver
Email to Purchase at $70.00

This off center design, which I've done a few of in various colors, is challenging because each little piece must be cut to fit exactly--I can't just cut a variety of random pieces and choose to fit.  As a result I'm often having to recut a piece to fit the same space over and over until I get it good enough for my standards. 

Friday, January 20, 2012

Mixed Blues

18mm by 13mm - Mosaic Gold in sterling silver
Email to Purchase at $70

One of the things I've really learned while making jewelry is to not get overly complicated in terms of design, especially since I work with such tiny pieces.  Some of my favorites are ones like these, where I just do a simple mix of color. They always seem to turn out so nicely.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Copper Art Deco

16mm by 16mm - Mosaic gold, filati in sterling silver
Email to Purchase at $70

This wee pendant is about the size of a penny. One of the things I love about using mosaic gold in the jewelry is that slightly different angles of setting each tile means that each pieces catches the light a bit differently, so the overall effect is quite sparkly. 

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Turquoise and Red

20mm by 20mm - Turquoise, smalti, filati, mosaic gold in sterling silver
Email to Purchase at $80

Turquoise and bright red is one of my favorite color combinations.  I love color combinations that are just slightly off of direct complementary colors.  These smaller bases are a bit of challenge to work in, but I just love the effect.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Kinda Zebra Pendant

18mm by 13mm- Filati, mosaic gold set in sterling silver
Email to Purchase at $70

It might be difficult to tell from the photo, but all of the area of black stripes is actually tiny threads of glass known as filati.  It's certainly not the fastest way to fill in an area, but I love the effect.  Each piece must be scored, broken off of a longer thread, then up ended into a putty.  Eventually I want to learn to "pull" my own filati, but for now I have been using some produced by Antonella Gallenda of Orsoni, as well as some from Mosaic Tools.

I should just mention that if you are interested in this, or any of the other pendants I'm posting, you can just drop me an email and I'll take it from there. If you don't want the chain that comes with it (I've got both 16" and 18" chains) let me know and I'll take $10.00 off the price.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Small Purple Pendant

16mm by 16mm- Smalti, filati, mosaic gold in sterling silver
Email to Purchase at $80

So over the course of the late fall, I made a great deal of mosaic jewelry for a Christmas event.  Since I haven't posted to the blog in awhile, I thought I would post some of this jewelry for your viewing pleasure.  So yep, I'm cheating again and posting previously created pieces, but each of these pieces were created in a day.

Also, I wanted to mention that I am scheduled to teach several courses on my jewelry techniques in the next half a year.  I'll be doing two one day workshops at the SAMA conference in Kentucky, a 2 day workshop at Tesserae Mosaic Studio in April, and a 2 day workshop at the Institute of Mosaic Art in June.  So if you want to learn to do what I do, check out these courses!