Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Seedless - SOLD


28mm by 7mm- Mosaic gold in sterling silver
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I'd like to announce that for the next two weeks, my Smalti Mosaic Pendants online workshop, available at Mosaic Arts Online is 10% off with the promo code KIT10. Simply enter the code at check out to save!

The reason for the sale is to announce the availability at Di Mosaico of kits to go with the workshop. The kits contain everything you need to get started on making smalti pendants. 


Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Feisty

30mm by 15mm - Mosaic gold in sterling silver (adjustible)
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So I have just finished my annual conference with the Society of American Mosaic Artists, this year located in Detroit, Michigan. I have, as usual, come away with new friends and a renewed interest in what I do, and have now headed to the other side of the USA to California to work on commissions and start a small spring teaching tour.

It's short notice, but here are the dates:

May 19/20: Mosaic a Day 
Los Osos, Central Coast California at Left Coast Art Studio. More Information

May 26-28: Micromosaics
Tucson, AZ at Di Mosaico. More Information

June 2-4: Tucson Mixed Media - Working with Stone, Smalti, Minerals, and Gems
Tucson, AZ at Di Mosaico. More Information

Hope to see some of you in my classes!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Vivacious - SOLD



28mm by 18mm - Mosaic gold in sterling silver
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This piece, like the Sunset on the Nile earrings, was created to match a special outfit. The woman took a beautiful gold and red Indian sari to her sister, who then preceded to cut it and sew a custom dress out of it. Apparently there was just a tiny scrap of fabric left when she was done. I always admire people who are able to do that!

Monday, April 24, 2017

Blossoming



16mm by 12mm - Mosaic gold in sterling silver
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Whether evident or not, I am always trying for self improvement. I'm sure it comes as no surprise that it always seems as for every two steps I take forward, I inevitably take a step back. Sometimes two. But slowly, slowly, I am blossoming...

Friday, April 21, 2017

Buddy System


45mm by 15mm - Mosaic gold, electroplated quartz in sterling silver
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In late 2015, I decided I was finally going to learn to scuba dive. I've always liked snorkelling, but everyone who dives has always raved about it, so I reckoned it was high time I learned. Naturally I aced the classroom portion, but the skills themselves were a bit harder to master. The one I really struggled with was full mask removal, replacement, and clearing. It's really hard to not feel like you will drown as you take off your mask, put it back on, and then use a neat technique to get the water out of it so you can see and have your nasal passage unobstructed. The first time I did this as a skill test it did not go well, so my dive master instructor asked me to do it again the following day. I did it even more poorly, nearly panicking and bolting for the surface. 

But. I stopped, slowed my breathing, calmed myself, and signalled that I wanted to do it again. I did it acceptably on my second try of the day. I was so proud of myself for facing my fear deep underwater and besting it. Actually, even though he passed me, I still borrowed a mask from him and went to do it in the pool a dozen times before I called myself "passed".

In diving you use a buddy system and make sure you are always very close you your buddy should anything go wrong, hence the name of this piece. 

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Seeing the Light



28mm by 7mm - Mosaic gold in sterling silver
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I've said before, I'm sure, that life is not black and white, but shades of grey. The same goes for people. We are not all good or evil, most of us are somewhere in between, and we all make mistakes, and have "imperfections". It is impossible to do the right thing all the time, as much as this prone-to-self-recrimination gal would like to believe otherwise. The important thing I think, is to try. Try to be better every day. Try to be more and more kind to other humans. Try to always remember that the majority of people (not all, but most) are just doing the best they can with the "tools" they have. 

But also, to remember that not everyone has the same good intentions, nor same desire to always grow and change. 

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Baby Blues



12mm diameter - Mosaic gold in sterling silver
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About two years ago, I received a compliment that has stayed with me all this time. I was meeting someone to delivery a piece of jewelry to them, outside a Michael's craft store, of all places. (Don't buy mosaic supplies there, okay? Way too expensive.) As you do, we started idle chitchat, and I remember thinking she was so personable as she really held my gaze extremely steadily. Suddenly, she blurts out, "Gosh, I'm sorry! I'm staring! It's just that you have the bluest eyes I've ever seen! They're amazing!" 

It's fascinating how the smallest comment a stranger makes can have so much meaning. I hope there are times when I have had this effect on someone!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Springtime



12mm by 12mm - Mosaic gold in sterling silver
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I'm headed back to Canada in a week, and I'm really hoping that spring will have arrived by the time I get there...last I heard they had a bunch of snow. I'm hoping the spring time colours of this pendant will encourage it to arrive--and the snow to leave--before I get there. 

Friday, April 14, 2017

Karnak



65mm by 20mm - Mosaic gold in sterling silver
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I originally planned to go to Egypt in 1997. I never got there. Back then, it was somewhere I had always wanted to go, from back as a fairly young child. To finally go, almost 2 decades "late" as it were, was truly a bucket list item. One of the places I most wanted to see was Karnak Temple in Luxor. It was every bit as good as I imagined.


Thursday, April 13, 2017

Sunset on the Nile - SOLD



28mm by 7mm - Mosaic gold in sterling silver
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Who doesn't love a good sunset? I know there are lots of people who like to get up early to watch a sunrise, but I admit that I rarely make that happen, as I'm a night owl, not an early bird. Sunsets are a golden hour, meant for sipping a cocktail, enjoying the company of friends. Even better if you have a good view...like over the Nile.