MosaicsByLaCanfora

Unique Mosaics by Artist Angel La Canfora

Torrance, California · 42 Sales

MosaicsByLaCanfora

Unique Mosaics by Artist Angel La Canfora

Torrance, California 42 Sales On Etsy since 2009

5 out of 5 stars
(20)

Announcement   ART SHOW ALERT! My desert-themed mosaics and photography will be on display during the month of November at the Lost City Museum in Overton, Nevada. For more info on the museum, such as location & hours, please go here - http://nvculture.org/lostcitymuseum/

Announcement

Last updated on Jul 23, 2017

ART SHOW ALERT! My desert-themed mosaics and photography will be on display during the month of November at the Lost City Museum in Overton, Nevada. For more info on the museum, such as location & hours, please go here - http://nvculture.org/lostcitymuseum/

Angel La Canfora

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Angel La Canfora

Autumn Tree Mosaic
Autumn Tree Mosaic
$121.00
Sanctuary - Stained Glass Mosaic
Sanctuary - Stained Glass Mosaic
$168.00
Self Portrait of the Artist - Pop Art Mosaic
Self Portrait of the Artist - Pop Art Mosaic
$1,969.00
Agate and Stained Glass Suncatcher
Agate and Stained Glass Suncatcher
$29.00
The Daisy Garden - Stained Glass Mosaic
The Daisy Garden - Stained Glass Mosaic
$96.00
SALE Druid37 -  Abstract Mosaic
SALE Druid37 - Abstract Mosaic
$126.00
SALE Neon Green Dream 14 - Mosaic
SALE Neon Green Dream 14 - Mosaic
$66.00
Winter Tree Silhouette - Mosaic
Winter Tree Silhouette - Mosaic
$114.00
Stained Glass Suncatcher
Stained Glass Suncatcher
$29.00
Stained Glass Mosaic Suncatcher
Stained Glass Mosaic Suncatcher
$24.00
Saturn's Rings (False Color)  Mosaic
Saturn's Rings (False Color) Mosaic
$91.00
Agate and Stained Glass Suncatcher
Agate and Stained Glass Suncatcher
$29.00
Recycled CD Mosaic Tabletop
Recycled CD Mosaic Tabletop
$224.00
Agate and Stained Glass Suncatcher
Agate and Stained Glass Suncatcher
$26.00
Stained Glass Suncatcher
Stained Glass Suncatcher
$29.00
Recycled Mosaic Flower Pot
Recycled Mosaic Flower Pot
$37.00
Stained Glass Mosaic Suncatcher
Stained Glass Mosaic Suncatcher
$21.00
SALE Blue Discs - Mosaic
SALE Blue Discs - Mosaic
$34.00
Red Rose Suncatcher
Red Rose Suncatcher
$28.00
Pop Art Mosaic Tabletop
Pop Art Mosaic Tabletop
$96.00
Butterfly Suncatcher
Butterfly Suncatcher
$29.00
SALE Pop Art Mosaic 21
SALE Pop Art Mosaic 21
$23.00
SALE Mosaic Ornament
SALE Mosaic Ornament
$12.00
Sunshine Suncatcher
Sunshine Suncatcher
$26.00
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Reviews

Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
(20)
sqrle46

sqrle46 on Jun 6, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

Beautiful recycled use of leftover stained glass and recycled frame, well done! Arrived on time to the delight of all!

Sharon Toycen

Sharon Toycen on May 24, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

Beautiful work shipped well packed

sqrle46

sqrle46 on May 5, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

Beautiful design, love the natural agate in the center; it fits so well in our living room window, quiet, soothing piece of nature.

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About

BREAKING NEWS: Self-Taught Mosaic Artist Enjoys Lots of Color!

In 2007, I was living in Charlottesville, Virginia and developed a hankering to explore a new artistic outlet of some kind. While walking through a Michael’s craft store, I spotted a DIY mosaic candle kit, purchased it, took it home, worked on it and was immediately hooked. Bells and whistles sounded in my brain. Ding ding ding! We had a winner!
I proceeded to buy books on how to mosaic and to amass different kinds of glass tiles. My first pieces done without a kit were clunky, awkward mirrors. Using handmade Italian glass called smalti, I made my 1st real fine art work, an image of a lighthouse. I found it impossible, backbreaking, exacting work. I got 3/4’s of the way through and felt so frustrated with it that I shelved it for 6 months and went back to working on mirrors. I told my then-husband that I thought it was bad and was going to chuck it, but he talked me into finishing it. So I completed it and wound up selling it a couple years later for around several hundred dollars. A vocation was born.
For the next 6 years, mosaic art became my main pursuit and passion. I enjoyed the glass, love lots of bold, exuberant color in my pieces. In 2009 I began exhibiting around Charlottesville. I went through a cordial divorce then moved back to my native SoCal in 2010. While living in my hometown of Huntington Beach, I continued pursuing mosaic art full-time. I exhibited in a number of art walks and street festivals, a few restaurants and in an exhibition at the Huntington Beach Art Center.
Finding the rent too darn high and wanting to stretch out my savings, I moved to the SoCal mountain town of Big Bear Lake, California the following year. I’d vacationed there many times over the course of my life and wanted to see if I had it in me to live there full-time, to be a real mountain woman. I leased a rustic, hundred-year old 2 bedroom cabin on the outskirts of town and turned one of the rooms into a studio. There, at 7000 feet, I hoped the peace and quiet and idyllic surroundings would spur me on to artistic excellence. Instead, I crashed and burned. Gosh, but you wouldn’t believe how much work is involved in maintaining an old cabin in the woods, especially one with no garbage disposal, no central heating, no dishwasher, no washing machine. From having to keep the fireplace going non-stop after the snows came to having to shovel it around the perimeter of the house to having to strain for breath at that altitude to schlepping laundry back and forth to the laundromat to blah blah blah…I had nothing left over to make art! And I was lonely. Most of the homes nearby were vacation rentals, mainly occupied on weekends. Many shopkeepers in town lived “off the hill,” as they’d say, down in San Bernardino. Needless to say, I got very little done, mosaic-wise, in the year that I lived in Big Bear. I had to admit to myself that it wasn’t working out, I didn’t have what it took to be a mountain woman, at least not by myself in that old house. So I pulled up stakes and moved to Henderson, Nevada, to thaw out.
There in Henderson, I had a ridiculously ginormous walk-in closet, 1/ 2 of which I converted into a studio. I managed to pump out a few mosaics and get back into exhibiting. But something was wrong. I was feeling uninspired. My ideas had dried up. The work I was turning out was “meh” at best. I figured, “why fight it?”and got a full-time office job instead. I spent the next four years on mosaic hiatus, turning my artistic sights towards photographing the Nevada desert, publishing my poetry and performing the odd gig now and again in Las Vegas.
In June of 2016, personal circumstances forced me to leave lovely Nevada and move in with my mom in her house in Torrance, California. There, I converted the old pool room into a studio. Having a nice, big dedicated space in which to cut glass inspired me once again. I’d also inherited boxes and boxes of beautiful stained-glass from my late grandma, herself a stained-glass artist. The ideas were back. The passion rekindled. I’m back in the mosaic game once again.
It’s important to me to love what I do. I feel that it shows in my work if the heart isn’t there. Art is about emotion. And if there’s no emotion there behind it, then it becomes disingenuous and lackluster. I’m not interested in phoning it in, in anything I do.

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Shop policies

Last updated on March 28, 2017
I strive to create high quality, original mosaic artworks. I use many different kinds of glass - stained-glass, smalti, vitreous and ceramic tiles. I can also do custom work so please drop me a line if you have something special in mind you would like.

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If upon receipt of the item, you are not happy with it, please ship it back to me promptly and I will refund in you full, no questions asked. Likewise, if you receive a damaged item, please return it promptly and I can either make the repair when feasible or refund you for the purchase price.
Additional policies and FAQs
I will consider custom orders so long as they are in keeping with my style and expertise. Please feel free to contact me and ask if your idea can be rendered by me. I will either give you a thumbs-up or point you in the direction of a colleague who can better address your vision.