Friday, August 21, 2009

"Dueling Bunny Feet" - SOLD

6" by 5" - Smalti, sea spines, millefiori, ceramic bunny feet

Remember how I've mentioned I received some weird items when I asked friend to contribute items to the Mosaic a Day project? Well, the one of the weirdest has to be these ceramic bunny feet. Note: the bunny was not attached to the feet when I received them. So of course, they brought out the silly side of me, so I decided they needed to be pitted against one another in a battle. And with the circus like atmosphere that one would expect from a bunny foot duel, I had to do a background worthy of the big top. In some very serious Orsoni smalti, of course.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

"The Swept Floor" - SOLD

5" by 5" - Everything but the floor itself

Since the beginning of this project, I've been collecting all my studio floor sweepings in a box with the intent of creating a "swept floor" mosaic. This is an ironic nod to the Hellenistic tradition of the unswept floor mosaics, where the floor was mosaicked to look like it had the leavings of a banquet on it. All the pieces in this mosaic literally came from off of my studio floor, and I cut as few of them as possible. There is still probably enough material in the box for several more of these. It was a very interesting exercise, and I'll probably do it again in another 50 or so mosaics.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

"Encroaching"

6" by 5" - Marble, dichroic glass, quartz crystal, glass, chandelier components
Not entirely sure what I think of this one. I think it actually has ended up looking like two ideas or two mosaics stuck together. The dichro is a little overwhelming--I think that if I had used silver gold in those sections, and in a much narrower fashion, the effect would have been more what I was going for.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

"Otherworldly" - SOLD

6" by 5" - Mirror, dichroic glass, glass blowing offcasts
I lucked out a few weeks back, and was allowed to go through all the off bits from a glass blowing studio. Some of the pieces were EXTREMELY cool. Most of them are clear, but some are colored as well. In this piece, I glued the bits and bobs directly to a grouted mirror mosaic. As y'all know, I don't normally grout, but I do often have occasion to demonstrate grouting, so layered pieces like this work well for when grouting is the order of the day.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

"Kaleidoscope" - SOLD

6" by 5" - Eco and Mexican Smalti, mosaic gold

Again with the new laying style. I incorporated some colored gold this time as well. Interestingly enough, although this style looks a bit mishmash, it's actually pretty difficult for me to accomplish. I spend a lot of time standing back and squinting to make sure I have the texture and color balance just so. As of yet, it takes me much longer than most other styles I use.

Friday, August 7, 2009

"Signposts" - SOLD

6" by 5" - Mexican and Eco Smalti

There were a lot of pale colors in this one, which for some reason makes it a tricky one to photograph and color correct, but I think I did okay. I'm really enjoying working in this new style. The whole process is about trying to achieve a certain balance while making it look random and interesting. There's a flow, but it's a very different sort of flow from other flows I've made in mosaic. I haven't yet discovered all the rules to this type of style yet, or if there even are any.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

"Stonefire" - SOLD

7" by 6" - Marble, dichroic glass, smalti, mosaic gold
I do so like the combination of dichroic glass and marble. This time I mixed a little eco smalti and gold in with the marble for good measure. Needless to say, I enjoy the effect. This mosaic is yet another one that is better in person than in the photo. Dichroic glass is just the worst to photograph.