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With mosaics I have been able to please both my visual and kinesthetic requirements. My work can be touched, yet has a quiet sparkle to it which moves with the light and is incredibly durable.
There are myriad materials that can be used, but what drew me to the art form are the two centimeter square glass tiles called “vitreous glass tile.” I am constantly experimenting with other forms of glass—stained, mirror, textured, tempered, and plate—and find it only keeps getting better. Glass constantly amazes me. The texture and color range is wide enough and vibrant enough to accommodate just about any design and it contains both a visual and kinesthetic texture and is resistant to fading and stain.
I primarily use a tool called a tile cutter which allows for a more controlled cut with little hand fatigue. The added precision helps to make much smaller cuts, thus allowing me to play with designs ranging from full tiles to fiddley little bits of glass. Most of my art pieces have been worked using the direct method—where the tiles are glued directly to the base material and then grouted.
I often grout my work and keep a variety of grout colors on hand and often custom blend my colors to get the desired effect. Finding the right color can be the most uncertain step in the process. After the grout been wiped clean and left to dry for a day or so I finish the cleaning process with a clean-water rinse or a mild acid solution.
Some of my mosaic pieces incorporate knit and/or crochet work and hand stitching such as embroidery and beading. I also work to include collage, paint, pigments, sculptural elements, and found objects in my work whenever possible.
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