Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Another Mosaic Finished Today

The second of six mosaics was finished today, except for the grouting. I'll post pics after grouting and you can see the difference it makes. I love grouting, because it takes a piece like this and really finishes it off. I've started in on the third mosaic.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Commissioned Mosaics for Hospital

The same hospital that purchased the Mosaic Zoo series has commissioned me to do six more mosaics. I'm going to be posting work in progress shots here and describe the process.

It all started with some rough sketches, which had to be refined into some more presentable looking sketches for the committee. I've posted one of the designs in its rough and refined state.

After approval, I transferred the designs to wedi board in pencil. However, this particular design is large. They wanted it to be 30"h x 72" w. I like using wedi board because it is so much lighter than other substrates, however, it only comes in 60" widths. So I took thinner sizes and cut a six inch wide zig zag pattern in each. I glued them together so this is actually two layers thick and now 72" wide! The zig zag pattern is offset so they don't overlap. They are very stable, solid, and ready for tesserae!

One of the designs is a ladybug with the number one below it, in the style of my Mosaic Zoo series. I finished it this morning except for the grouting.

Friday, December 12, 2008

The Mosaic Zoo mosaics have sold!

The Mosaic Zoo: An ABC Book mosaics have sold! This is really wonderful news for several reasons...
1 They have been purchased by a hospital, so they will hopefully bring smiles to lots of children.
2 The hospital purchased the entire set, so there won't be any missing letters as kids go down the alphabet.
3 They have been sold!

Pictured, you see the mosaics taken down from their hooks at the Hopkins Center for the Arts where I had a show and they are awaiting pickup by the moving company.

I will be creating a few more mosaics for the hospital. I'll keep you posted!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008


Craft-o-rama is a fun, hip sale that is growing every year, and I'm a vendor again this time! I hope you can come by my table in the long hallway at the Midtown Global Market in Minneapolis on Dec. 5 (3pm – 8pm) or Dec. 6 (9am – 5pm). You can get all of your holiday shopping done in one place and eat some great food, too! One item I'll be selling are my fused snowflake ornaments (featured on channel 9 news a few days ago!). I'll also have my books, funky yearbook bowls, mosaics, notecards, postcards, and glass pendants. See you there!

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Custom Pendants

These beautiful pendants will feature your child, pet, or someone else that is close to your heart. The pendants are screen printed and fused. The image will not fade or rub off. These would make great gifts for moms, grandmas, aunties and friends!

Cost is $40 for the first pendant, and only $25 for each additional pendant with the same image. Prices include one magnetic choker per pendant. Shipping is only $5 per address.

Here's what to do:

*Email me at with the subject line: PENDANTS. Send three to four large .jpg photos of your subject.
*In the body of the email, please tell me how many pendants you would like to order.
* Also, send the addresses where they are to be mailed. Pendants will be sent in a metal tin.
*Please indicate which color you prefer for the background. I will do my best to accomodate.
*Would you like a silver colored choker or a black choker? 16" or 18"?

I will send you an invoice via email and your pendants via USPS.

Thank you so much for your interest!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Book Release Party for "Mosaic Zoo: An ABC Book"

On October 23rd, my second book, "Mosaic Zoo: An ABC Book", was officially released at a reception at the Hopkins Center for the Arts. All 26 of the alphabet mosaics were on display and will hang there through November 30th. It was a really fun event with lots of friends, family, and the public getting together to celebrate and see the mosaics. Each stained glass mosaic is 36" high by 20" wide. The book is available at My first book, a mosaic nursery rhyme book called "The Girls and Boys of Mother Goose", is also available. In the photo, you can see the artwork hanging on both floors.