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HOW MY INHERITANCE WENT BUST

My grandmother came to the US from Canada in the 1920’s, and over a few short years brought with her individual pieces of Spode bone china that would later complete 12 place settings comprised of nine pieces each, and coordinating serving dishes. As a child, I ate birthday cake and holiday meals from these plates saturated with swirling cobalt blue flowers and scalloped rims edged in 18K gold. As a child, I fell in love with them. As a young woman, they became my most treasured inheritance. Fast-forward 20 years when, opening my kitchen cabinet, the big round platter slid to the floor. My jaw dropped with it. The rim cracked in a perfect boomerang shape and fell at my feet. That fateful day was when I decided to pick up the pieces and put them back together, the mosaic way. Comic error has become my muse.

And that is how I…

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  • Joined May 17, 2009

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Tile, glass, resin, clay, beads, precious metals, vintage items, recycled materials, fabric, yarn

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HOW MY INHERITANCE WENT BUST

My grandmother came to the US from Canada in the 1920’s, and over a few short years brought with her individual pieces of Spode bone china that would later complete 12 place settings comprised of nine pieces each, and coordinating serving dishes. As a child, I ate birthday cake and holiday meals from these plates saturated with swirling cobalt blue flowers and scalloped rims edged in 18K gold. As a child, I fell in love with them. As a young woman, they became my most treasured inheritance. Fast-forward 20 years when, opening my kitchen cabinet, the big round platter slid to the floor. My jaw dropped with it. The rim cracked in a perfect boomerang shape and fell at my feet. That fateful day was when I decided to pick up the pieces and put them back together, the mosaic way. Comic error has become my muse.

And that is how I began making Pique Assiette Mosaics, that of combining broken china and found objects. I made four mirrors with that china, and there's still some left! This craft has been a delightful fork on the long creative road of my life.

THE HERE AND NOW
There is traditional mosaic design, and then there is what I do: the less structured approach of making mosaic art using broken china and reclaimed materials. I revel in bringing them to life again in unusual sculptural arrangements or functional items. This is my passion. I delight in using my hands, whether it is grouting between glittery chunks of glass, wedging clay, or weaving on an heirloom hand loom. There is a broad spectrum in what I do, because I am always exploring different mediums and methods. My etsy shop reflects this diversity.


FUTURE PERFECT
Creativity may reign supreme, but technique brings it all together. I adhere to professional tile setting standards, so mosaic form will have its best chance to last a long time. I’m a stickler for details, a can-do gal with know-how and experience, and even power tools.

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