Elegant, Old and New.

I completed this stained glass mosaic several months ago. It is an example of how a rim of a bowel or plate can compliment the art. The mosaic is set in an elegant, 42 year-old, serving bowel, made by Fitz and Floyd. The sand colored rim with the fine blue trim frames the mosaic and becomes part of the art. The rim is in good condition, but has some marks owing to age and usage. The age and use over the years adds to the patina, making the mosaic more unique.

Selection of the Glass, Deciding on a Palette.

Below are several views of the F & F Serving Bowel, although old, showing some use, the bowel has an elegant rim, framing and enhancing the mosaic.

Painterly, Not With Paint, But With Glass.

Stained glass is a painter’s medium, colored and translucent. The glass plays with the light from dawn to dusk. It is always changing, responding to different conditions, from bright sunshine to rain clouds. It is a natural painter’s medium, a dance of light, glass and color.

Bright  Afternoon Sun, Pouring Through the Glass.
Dusk, Evening with the Sun Setting.
Capturing and Playing with Light on a Rainy Day.
Early Morning Light in the Studio.

 

 

Art, a ConstantLearning Process, Scrap Glass to Mosaics

After I am finished working on the stained glass panels, I am left with buckets and trays of scrap glass that are hard to rework into a new panel. The scrap pieces are large or small and have odd shapes. They are still good and usable. And I felt it would be a damn shame to toss them, a waste of money and time. They have value and a wonderful look.

This has led me to mosaics, painting with glass, a craft and a fine art form. Rather than fuss around with an instruction book or take a craft class, I enrolled into classes at the Chicago Mosaic School, a major center for mosaic arts in the United States. Aside from its professional staff, the school hosts influential, international mosaic artists who teach aspiring artists in special workshops.

First steps are ragged as I am learning the craft but, I believe, promising. Below a sample of the my first attempts at mosaics.