RiverStoneMosaic

Cate Clark Mixed Media Artwork

Albuquerque, New Mexico · 2174 Sales

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Welcome to my one-woman glass, ceramic and mixed-media studio shop RiverStoneMosaic. Original and one-of-a-kind Art Tiles and Cabochons are available for the Mosaic Artist; Buttons and Pendants for the Textile and Jewelry Artist.

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Last updated on Apr 7, 2018

Introducing the Spiral Mandala and Whole Brain Labyrinth - Unique meditation and relaxation tools to lift the spirit, stir the soul, and please the senses.

Welcome to my one-woman glass, ceramic and mixed-media studio shop RiverStoneMosaic. Original and one-of-a-kind Art Tiles and Cabochons are available for the Mosaic Artist; Buttons and Pendants for the Textile and Jewelry Artist.

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About

Making art from simple materials is a life-long passion.

My Etsy shop icon is a thumbnail image of a large original mosaic, Copper Core Dragonfly from 2014. The 10” copper disc in the center is a re-purposed 1960 vintage locomotive piston cylinder gasket punch-out. Who'd have thought?! Let me explain.

When I was 5 years old, I loved looking through the jar of buttons my Grandmother salvaged from worn out clothes. Each button had a story to tell. Some buttons in particular felt special, like gold coins and precious gemstones in a Mason-jar-treasure chest. Life in the early 20th Century America taught my Grandmother to conserve, reuse and re-purpose. She taught these values to me.

I chose my original Etsy shop name, Phoenix Rising UpCycle to fit the idea of vintage and recycled art. Like my Grandmother, I salvage interesting pieces and parts, ceramics, metals and textiles, intending to "do something with this someday!" Precious few ideas actually take flight above the creative fire-storm of swirling Possibilities to rise again as Art!

Summer 2016, my Etsy shop name changed to River Stone Mosaic to align with my artwork website riverstonemosaic.com and massage therapy website riverstonecate.com.
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About RiverStone Mosaic Glass
I make cabochon tiles for mixed media artists to use in their jewelry, mosaic, assemblage, fused coe90 and stained glass art projects. I also hand-make buttons for the textile artist. Some of my unique cabs and buttons are cast in commercial molds, but my specialty is Original Design Cast Glass. Because I make the molds, my pieces are unique, original works of art to delight and enhance your own artwork.

From Earthen Clay to finished Ceramic Art Tile
It takes patience and good timing to turn a lump of clay into finished tile. The entire work-space, each tabletop and every shelf, will be filled with raw clay tiles waiting to go into the first kiln-firing. New work cannot be started until current batch is bisque-fired, removed from kiln, hand detailed with glaze, then put back into the kiln for the final firing. Once that batch is complete, a new run of raw clay can begin the time consuming, multi-step process. If your Special Order orders made during the two week raw clay step of the process and often be included in the current run, other times, a special order ceramic tile will take up to 4 weeks to make. Good things are worth waiting for!
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Over the last decade, my art-passion has been large mosaic panel and large mosaic-adorned concrete outdoor sculpture. Lately, my focus moves toward smaller work. I am finding great joy in creating unique Art Glass Night Lights and Decorative Fan Pulls. Loving the little things that bring light and a splash of color!
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I shop for supplies on Etsy and enjoy doing business with the shops and artist-folk here. Being part of the Etsy community adds inspiration for my own creative projects. I get happy when you find just the right Buttons or Cabochons in my shop to fit your own artistic projects! Maybe you see something in my work that invites you to ask about a custom order. Given the right logistics, I am generally open to consideration!
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I've been a massage therapy professional for almost 30 years now. I recently began offering Arthritis Relief Organic Jojoba, my secret recipe for great massage and healthy hands.
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ALLERGY INFORMATION
This home studio is 100% smoke-free.
You won’t find any pet-hair on your new item, however, for those with severe cat-allergies, I ask that you consider your own personal level of sensitivity before ordering items from my pet-friendly home studio
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THE CERAMIC PROCESS
Handmade Ceramic Art Tile begins at the hand-crank slab roller, a table top machine that looks like a heavy-metal Steampunk wringer-washer without the tub! With a few turns of the crank, a large clay slab of precise, even thickness rolls out onto the table. The slab is taken to the next work-station where it is cut by hand into basic shapes, then allowed to 'mature' for a while before being sculpted and textured. It might take an hour, it might take a couple days, but the earthen clay is the boss. As earthen clay matures, it goes from sticky-wet to leather-hard to bone-dry. Certain steps of the process are welcomed at certain stages of maturity and rejected at others. If the clay dries too fast, it may become unworkable and the process has to start over with a fresh lump of sticky-wet clay.

When clay is bone-dry, it is in it's most fragile state and must be handled with extra care. Dozens of color chip samples, glaze jars and brushes are arranged on a 6' table within reach of the dry, raw clay tiles to be hand-painted. Up to a dozen layers of under-glaze colors will be used to detail each tile.

Raw clay tiles with decorative under-glaze are now ready to be loaded into the kiln for the first of two separate heating cycles. This process takes the raw clay to first-stage hardness, the Bisque Fire or Cone 04 (1950F/1100C). After the bisque fire has cooled, tiles are removed from the kiln for additional hand painted detail and the shiny clear over-glaze coat that gives a protective, sealed finish. Tiles are placed back into the kiln for the longer, hotter, final Glaze Fire that takes the piece to it's full hardness and final color. In the case of my Ceramic Art Tiles, the kiln reaches Cone 6 (2200F/1200C) Stoneware, safe for kitchen, bath and even outdoor installation.

All my Ceramic Art Tiles go through at least two separate kiln firings. Each firing cycle takes a full day to heat and cool. Depending upon size of the pieces, it can take the better part of a day to carefully load the kiln, a process to be done twice!

Shop members

  • Ru & Silky

    QC, Studio Muse

    Each item that comes into the studio is immediately inspected by the Bengal Twins who quickly lose interest and move on to the next new thing.

  • RiverStoneCate

    Owner, Creator, Customer Service

    I love making art-things and utilitarian-things by-hand using simple materials and basic tools. Good customer relations and ecological standards are important to me. I am happy to be available to chat about concepts, materials, art, etc.

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