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 use of fine bone china in my work.  The first image I have used a variety of china plates to create the various colors I required. Noticeable is the difference in the size of piece and the placement of pieces. For instance the sky is placed horizontally while the sea shore is more organic and almost vertical – creating the depth of the shore front. The seagulls were create by using the gold plated edges of plates. Pique assiette is best admired from the distance, as are most mosaics – best appreciated from afar. The reason for this is that the eyes do amazing things with the spaces between each piece of china. From a distance the eyes convert anonymous fractions into a whole – quite an extraordinary process and while some pieces can look particularly crude close- up, take a few steps back and a wondrous image emerges. I love that about mosaics.

This close up photograph allows the viewer to see the piece sizes and placements. This photo was taken prior to grouting.

James by the Seashore
Pique assiette by Sarah-Alice Miles


Here is another example of fine piquette assiette: this design is based on a jacobean embroidery design. The fine bone china captures the delicacy of embroidery stitches. One of the difficulties using fine bone china is that the surface is rarely flat or even and often the pieces are cut from china cups or plates which are curved,  meaning that the number of flat, square pieces one can cut are limited.  Due to the uneven nature of the material, pique assiette is more of a challenge than working with vitreous or wall tile. Personally I think pique assiette looks better grouted, and usually best done in white. But these images show you what it looks like if not grouted. Compare these with grouted pique assiette.

Jacobean Pomegrante
Pique Assiette by Sarah-Alice Miles

In both of the pieces above I have adhered the china using a waterproof wood workers PVA glue.

For examples of Lynn Mattson pique assiette combining chipped and fragmented pieces of antique china,pottery and figurines in her work –  checkout this link. Here’s an example of her work below.  https://www.pinterest.nz/pin/504614333229337875/?lp=true.

The mid section is a lamp body. The base is a ceramic base for ???? I don't know what. The head is a metal ball- a plumbing float?? The face is from a Bailey's cup, The hat body is an upside down cracked bowl and the top is a chipped candel holder. The blue flowers are junk earrings

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