There are so many reasons I am drawn to this art form. Mosaic is an extension of my love for working puzzles – mostly jigsaw and crossword – and taking pleasure in fitting pieces together. It’s a desire to give new life to unusable and unwanted dishes and bric-a-brac that once decorated homes and meant something to the families who lived there. It appeals to my thrifty nature: most of my materials are cast-offs, doomed to the landfill – but now have a renewed purpose. It’s an appreciation of ceramic styles, colors and design through a historical lens, from exquisite to hideous, and a cultural anthropology study of what we have chosen to grace our dinner tables through the years. Finally, and perhaps best of all, it is fun to make.
Mosaic is my creative expression, my joy, and my medicine. It gets me fired up. It makes me grin. Being self-taught has presented a unique set of challenges; still, I am rewarded so greatly with the learning process. After 22 years and counting, I’m still excited to try new things. I’ve been fortunate to have the support of family, friends, neighbors and even strangers, all having shared kind words and many having purchased my work for their homes or to give as gifts. I am humbled and honored to know my creations are part of other lives.
It just makes sense that I would find meaning in taking broken things and re-imagining them as whole, valued more than the original object. The Japanese have a word for this: kintsugi – the act of repairing cracked pottery with gold. While I use grout, the intention is the same. We all break, and through the act of healing, we become not only a new being, but a stronger and more beautiful one than before.
I’m proud to continue in this tradition of folk art and pleased to see the recent upswing in its popularity. I offer my gratitude to those who fuel my passion with ideas, encouragement, commissions, and wonderful gifts of breakables. Thank you for giving me this space to create.