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Mosaic shard spacing

Spacing of mosaic pieces is as critical as grout color. The further apart the spacing the more fragmented the piece will look – and the more grout will be needed to finish the piece. The closer the spacing the better the piece will read. So spacing is another of the vital design choices that have to be made when designing a mosaic.

Artists and their passions

  Here is a lovely clip by local photographer Mayra Pama-Luiten who prepared a piece on several local Dutch artists … More

Grouted Pique Assiette

Grouting is a far more time consuming process than one might imagine, particularly if you are using fine bone china. The reason for this is that the surface is not flat and therefore special attention must be paid to removing all grout from around each shard, so that each piece can be seen clearly.

How to Cut Smalti

  Three methods of cutting smalti are most common: nippers, hammer and hardie, or chopping machine. Wheeled nippers are pliers … More

Update on the Berlin Wall…the Bong Tree is complete

I managed to get this far and only sliced my finger once – not bad going considering I have cut up kilos and kilos of marble.I’m original mosaicing tools in the form of a hammer and hardy. More on that in another blog. These tools are usually used for cutting glass and you only have to tap the glass with the hammer and it breaks perfectly. Cutting marble is another story. Sometimes the pieces I’m cutting are 10 centimeters thick and really require some serious force, needless to say the hammer gets blunt quickly.

Is there lead in Smalti?

This week a reader asked me this question- is there lead in smalti? Smalti is the glass used for making … More

Hoogland Kunst Route

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They call it the Berlin Wall…..

I have a wall in my backyard which the neighbors call the Berlin Wall. I must say I was rather … More

So what is Italian Smalti?

As a mosaic artist, Italian Smalti is the crème de la crème of traditional mosaic materials. It is an Italian … More

First Exhibit in The Netherlands

First Exhibit in the Netherlands.

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Rose

Rose: Inspired on the old 1950s Hollywood style boudoir.  Models were perfectly clothed, yet the sex appeal, the intimacy levels … More

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Ester

Ester is a 1920s French mannequin and has a side mirror attached. She is an unusual piece. I choose to … More

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George

This mannequin along with several others will be on display in the Huis Kernhem in Ede, Easter Weekend: 31 March, … More

Sold Mannequins

Upon request, here are some of the mannequins that I have already sold. Currently working on some legs! Working with … More

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Diana – on exhibit in Hoogland, The Netherlands

I was inspired to make this piece by the death of Lady Diana, Princess of Wales. She was a member … More

Finding Inspiration for Mosaics

Inspiration for mosaics design comes for me from material choice – the only limiting factor is your imagination and in … More

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Designing a Mosaic- An Example

Finding Yourself Through Art

The importance of drawing your design

Here are the results of my thought process:. As you can see I began playing with a variety of blues and gold and began to think about how I would create the lines in the design and whether or not I wanted a border and whether that border should be black.

To Grout or not to Grout- that is the question?

Many a mosaic I have ruined choosing the wrong grout color. The rule of thumb is that the more contrasting the grout color the more visible and fragmented a piece will look.

Examples of Un-grouted Pique Assiette

I like to work with fine bone china, it has a delicacy about it. Here are several examples of the … More

Grouted Pique Assiette

Grouting is a far more time consuming process than one might imagine, particularly if you are using fine bone china. The reason for this is that the surface is not flat and therefore special attention must be paid to removing all grout from around each shard, so that each piece can be seen clearly.

The Emergence of Pique Assiette

The literal translation of pique assiette from French is ‘thief of plates’ or ‘freeloader’.  Raymond Isidore (1900-1964) is perhaps best known as the king of pique assiette. His entire home is covered in bits of pottery he found in the fields around Chartre, France. His neighbors called him ‘pique assiette’ as a derogatory term and it has remained in use more generally today.

My Fascination with Mosaicing Mannequins

Working on three dimensional objects is a great way to hone your skills in mosaic art as you are having to pay constant attention to uneven surfaces, rounded corners and varying thicknesses of material.