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Lynn Adamo

Professional Level Member

Lynn Adamo, You and Mem 2014m hand formed mortar and mesh substrate, smalti
Title:
Lynn Adamo, You and Me
Caption:
Lynn Adamo, You and Mem 2014m hand formed mortar and mesh substrate, smalti

Contrast, color, texture. These are the three words that best describe my work. When I work with stone, I am reminded that these materials took millions of years to create. I feel like I’m part of a long continuum of life on this planet when I grip my hammer and cleave a piece of granite. I begin a piece by first having an inspiration, from nature or the built world around me. I’m always on the lookout for interesting scenes, when zoomed into with the camera become inspiration for a compelling abstract composition. With a pile of stone tesserae in front of me, I then look for just the right shiny bits of glass smalti to add contrast to the rough texture of the stone. Other elements come into play as well. Rusted steel and cast-off hardware can be the perfect focal point to a piece.

Debora Aldo

Professional Level Member

Pebbles, Rusted discarded hardware, shells, colored thinset.
Title:
Berkeley Mini Mandala, Debora Aldo, 2014
Caption:
Pebbles, Rusted discarded hardware, shells, colored thinset.

The tactile, reflective and pixilated surface of mosaics resonates deeply for me. My work is composed of line infused with meaning, the compositions are created with tessera in pebbles, stone, glass, and detritus. I strive for beauty and conceptual meaning in my work and find inspiration in oceans and lakes, topography and geological formations as well as flora and fauna. The pebbles underfoot are ancient and impart thousands of gently whispered stories when used in a mosaic.
Using both ancient and up-cycled materials gives rise to an andamento that is fully formed in the modern world, while referencing the ancient and natural worlds for guidance and inspiration. The abstracted representation of landform is an ephemeral snapshot of a landscape that becomes more evanescent with each passing year.

Jolino Beserra

Professional Level Member

Unexpected emotions come from the whimsical and thoughtful humor and commentary found in my Pique-assiette mosaic installations and mosaic sculptures. My mosaics break tradition with a graphic design sensibility that comes from my first career as an illustrator and graphic designer in the entertainment industry. The legacy of past generations 
of pique-assiette mosaic artists formed my commitment to excellence with a desire to push the boundaries of technique, 
materials and subject matter. My vision is brought to life 
through an endless palette of ceramics and familiar but discarded or overlooked objects which 
have been vividly re-imagined. Whether creating a 
large public or residential site-specific installation or a tabletop 
sculpture, my mosaics will 
ensure the creation of a timeless expression of our shared world.

Cherie Bosela

Professional Level Member

Artist: Cherie Bosela,  Title: The Guardian,  Date: 2012,  Size: 30.5\" x 36.5\" x 3\",  Medium: mosaic made from stained glass, czech beads, glitter and orignial photography under the glass
Title:
Cherie Bosela, The Guardian
Caption:
Artist: Cherie Bosela, Title: The Guardian, Date: 2012, Size: 30.5\" x 36.5\" x 3\", Medium: mosaic made from stained glass, czech beads, glitter and orignial photography under the glass

I am inspired by the flowers, plants and creatures that Mother Nature has produced. The variety of colors and shapes found in the natural world fascinates me. Using stained glass, beads, millefiori, smalti and my original photography under the glass, I create vibrant colorful mosaics. I have been creating art since I could pick up a pencil and draw. I graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2001 with a degree in Art. I studied every medium available to me. While I didn’t learn about mosaics in school, what I did learn I use in my mosaics. During college I was always searching for my medium. I thought Photography might be it since I have been experimenting with it since 1991, but it was missing the hands on building and creating. I made first mosaic in 2000 from a kit, it ended up in the garbage. I bought a few books to learn more and created a few pieces. In 2010, I started playing with my photography under the glass. I finally felt like I found my mediums! My work has been included in exhibits at The Museum of Glass in Tacoma, WA, 1st Thursdays at the Orlando Museum of Art, Mayor’s Gallery in Orlando City Hall and CityArts Factory to name a few. I joined the Society of American Mosaic Artists Board of Trustees in 2014 and have been a member since 2011.

Lilian Broca

Professional Level Member

Vancouver BC based, international, award winning visual artist working making social commentary with large scale mosaics.

2017 SOLO EXHIBITION Heroine of a Thousand Pieces: The Judith Mosaics of Lilian Broca, Museum of Biblical Art, Dallas TX (catalogue)
2016 SOLO EXHIBITION Heroine of a Thousand Pieces: The Judith Mosaics of Lilian Broca, JD Carrier Art Gallery,Toronto, ON (catalogue)
2016 The Juror’s Choice Award, Women’s Museum of California, San Diego, CA (catalogue)
2015 SOLO EXHIBITION Heroine of a Thousand Pieces: The Judith Mosaics of Lilian Broca, Il Museo, Vancouver, BC (catalogue)
2015 Mosaic Arts International 2015, Painted Arts Bride Center, Philadelphia, PA (catalogue)
2015 Group Exhibition, A Mosaic Passover Story, Museum of Biblical Art, Dallas, TX (catalogue)
2013 Guest Artist in Group Exhibition, Gaziantep International Contemporary Mosaic Exhibition, Zeugma Museum, Gaziantep, Turkey (catalogue)
2013 Documentary Return to Byzantium: The Art and Life of Lilian Broca was acquired by CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) television network and aired on July 20, 2013
2012 Documentary Return to Byzantium: The Art and Life of Lilian Broca premiered in Canada. Documentary selected for participation in 5 International Film Festivals: awarded Best Documentary at the The San Pedro International Film Festival, CA.
2012 International Contemporary Mosaic Art Convergence – Top Artists from Around the World Exhibit in Clauiano, Italy. (catalogue)
2011 Book launch: The Hidden and The Revealed: The Queen Esther Mosaics of Lilian Broca, Geffen Publishers, NY, Jerusalem, by Yosef Wosk, Sheila Campbell and Lilian Broca with preface by internationally acclaimed artist and author Judy Chicago
2010 Featured in: Tiffany Studios’ Techniques Inspiration for Today’s Artists, by Edith Crouch, Schiffer Publishers, USA
2010 Featured in: Mosaic Fine Art Portraits by Pam Givens and Irit Levy, MFA Books, USA
2010 International Mosaic Exhibition AIMC, B&M Theocharakis Foundation for the Fine Arts,
Athens, Greece
2010 MAI 2010, Smith Museum of Stained Glass Windows, Chicago, IL (catalogue)
2009 Sum of All Parts 2, Bathhouse Cultural Center, Dallas, TX(catalogue)
2008 Sum of All Parts, Hillsboro, OR (catalogue)
2008 Mosaic Arts International 2008, Miami, Florida (catalogue)
2007 Desert Andamento, Mesa Contemporary Art Centre, Mesa, AZ (catalogue)
2006 First Place award for Beneath the Surface, High Risk Gallery, Chicago, IL, (catalogue)
2006 SOLO EXHIBITION Queen Esther Series: The Hidden and The Revealed, JD Carrier Art Gallery, Toronto, ON (catalogue)
2005 A More Perfect Union: Mosaic Aspirations, Eleven Eleven Sculpture Space, Washington, DC (catalogue)
2004 Queen Esther Series: The Hidden and The Revealed, Zack Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2004 First place award for best mosaic, 2D category, Opus-Veritas: Fragments of Truth exhibition, Italian-American Museum, San Francisco, CA (catalogue)
2003 Received the Lorenzo il Magnifico (Medici) gold medal in the 2003 Florence International Biennale Exhibition
2001 SOLO RETROSPECTIVE Lilian Broca: Mirrors and Reflections, Frye Art Museum, Seattle, WA, (catalogue)

Ian Brown

Professional Level Member

Materials ( granite, travertine, marble) approx. 8\'x13\'
Title:
Heliconia flower entryway
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Materials ( granite, travertine, marble) approx. 8\'x13\'

Mosaic is a art form that particularly appeals to me because of it long life and consistent beauty. Unlike most forms of art glass, tile and stone will be as vivid and beautiful centuries after it was created. The pieces I create are usually extremely time consuming and tedious but knowing most will be around long after I'm gone make it all worthwhile. The inherent beauty of glass and stone are a real joy to work with and sometimes think I owe the material for most of the appeal a finish piece exudes. On the other hand it's not uncommon for me to go to a natural setting and create a one hour piece using gathered elements from what the environment provides. These are usually whimsy and free flow and when I walk away I know I shall never see them again. At the end of the day it's really about having fun and assembling many individual pieces and making them come together to create a whole. I try not to take myself too seriously and keep creativity and fun central goals although this has been a challenge on a few projects.

David Chidgey

Professional Level Member

For me, beauty is not necessarily about something being perfect or whole. Perhaps this is why I am so drawn to the medium of mosaic. Individual fragments, imperfect and broken, can be combined and interwoven in such a way as to reveal a rich tapestry for the senses. So come with me now as I explore the dance between light and shadow, shape and texture, brilliant color and muted tones, spontaneity and balance through the language of mosaic. I hope you enjoy the journey as much as I do.

Lynne Chinn

Professional Level Member

Lynne Chinn, Arabesque, 2016, Smalti, Marble, Porcelain, Vitreous Glass, Seashell
Title:
Lynne Chinn, Arabesque
Caption:
Lynne Chinn, Arabesque, 2016, Smalti, Marble, Porcelain, Vitreous Glass, Seashell

Since 2001 Lynne Chinn has been designing, creating and installing large scale, one-of-a-kind mosaic art pieces for designers, architects, public art committees, liturgical clients, art consultants and homeowners. Her most recent installation was a 6’w x 9’h Italian smalti mosaic Icon at Mt. Angel Abbey in Oregon.

Lynne was recognized as ‘Best In Show’; Mosaic Arts International 2009, an international juried exhibition of contemporary mosaic art, and was honored with ‘Finalist; for Fine Mosaic Technique and Originality of Expression’ in the coveted Orsoni Prize 2007, International Award for Mosaic Fine Art.
Within this ancient art form, Lynne believes in using the finest materials in conjunction with the most up-to-date installation tools, products and techniques to create her surprisingly modern and enduring works of art.
In her three-dimensional glass mosaic work, she is using the tesserae and it’s andamento to create a beautiful and exciting artwork, keeping motion and texture in mind. She finds enjoyment in the juxtaposition between her natural, soft-edged sculptural forms and the straight and hard reflective glass.

Lynne’s inspired fine art mosaics are represented in private homes and in public places all over the United States, Japan, Australia, France and Canada.

Gary Drostle

Professional Level Member

Award winning fishpond mosaic by Gary Drostle
Title:
Fishpond Mosaic
Caption:
Award winning fishpond mosaic by Gary Drostle

London based international award winning artist Gary Drostle specializes in large scale mosaics to commission for interior and exterior floors, walls and mosaic sculptures.
AWARDS:-
2016 NEW AWARDS! – National Railways Heritage Craft Skills Award
2015 Chester Civic Awards, Commended Public Realm Refurbishment
2015 2nd prize in the Prix Picassiette, Chartres, France
2014 Mosaic Arts International, Houston TX – 'Contemporary Innovation in Mosaic' award
2013 Mosaic Arts International, Washington – 'Best in Show' award
2012 Chester Civic Trust New Years Honours - Award
2012 Mosaic Arts International, Kentucky – Selected Architectural Juried
2011 TileLetter Awards (NTCA) Las Vegas – Winner Commercial Mosaic/Glass Award
2011 Mosaic Arts International, Austin TX – Selected Architectural Juried
2010 Mosaic Arts International, Chicago – Selected Architectural Juried
2009 Lake Oswego Arts Festival 'Cutting Edges: Contemporary mosaic art - Invited artist
2009 Mosaic Arts International, San Diego – Selected Architectural Juried
2008 Mosaic Arts International, Miami – ‘Best Architectural’ Award
2007 the Rouse Kent Public Art Awards

Christopher Elam

Professional Level Member

Christopher Warren Elam, Pine Needles, 2016, Stone, Smalti, Kokomo Glass, Shell, Copper
Title:
Christopher Warren Elam, Pine Needles
Caption:
Christopher Warren Elam, Pine Needles, 2016, Stone, Smalti, Kokomo Glass, Shell, Copper

After moving to Bloomington, Indiana in 2010, Christopher Warren Elam started Sycamore Tile Works, a tile-setting and mosaic fabrication company. In 2017, the company was rebranded “Omosaico” to reflect Elam’s shift away from standard tile-setting toward a regular studio practice creating tile mosaics and contemporary fine art. Being a student of the Chicago Mosaic School, Elam has studied extensively with Italian mosaic artist Matteo Randi along with a host of other mosaicists from around the world including Verdiano Marzi, Karen Ami, Gary Drostle, and Toyoharu Kii. Elam’s work can be found in public installations, private collections and has been exhibited locally, nationally, and internationally. Elam’s academic background in intercultural and religious studies continues to inform his work. He currently lives in the hill country of southern Indiana along with his wife and son at the Bloomington Catholic Worker. In his free time, Elam enjoys writing, reading, listening to music, cycling, hiking and boating.

Kim Emerson

Professional Level Member

Kim Emerson has been creating mosaics for public and private spaces in the region of San Diego, CA since 1991. Her work is found as public art and in private collections in California, Arizona, Idaho, Oregon, and Massachusetts. Kim specializes in large scale installations as well as small studio works. She is the founder of the San Diego Mosaic School were she teaches mosaic workshops of all mosaic methods from her own working studio on a regular basis in the Normal Heights community of San Diego.

Simone Esquibel

Professional Level Member

Simone Esquibel, Enchanted Passage, 2017, smalti, glass tiles, stained glass, decorative wire, dichroic glass
Title:
Simone Esquibel, Enchanted Passage
Caption:
Simone Esquibel, Enchanted Passage, 2017, smalti, glass tiles, stained glass, decorative wire, dichroic glass

"Being present in the moment is what draws me to the art of mosaics. I like to use different types of tile, smalti, stained glass, stones, and other pieces that call to me, because they all have their own unique energy and beauty. Any of them can stand alone, yet another kind of magic happens when they are brought together, creating a whole new piece."
Simone was born and raised in New Mexico, and now lives in Fort Mill, SC. She has been engaged in the art of mosaics since 2004. She enjoys nature; the landscapes of the southwest, and the Carolina Coasts particularly call to her. You'll see these places reflected in many of her mosaics, where she travels regularly for inspiration. Simone creates fine art abstracts and landscapes, home accent pieces, and enjoys teaching mosaic workshops.

Margaret Farratell

Professional Level Member

Year made:  2016  Glass, stainless steel
Title:
Apple Cheeks Sun
Caption:
Year made: 2016 Glass, stainless steel

I have found my way to making mosaics through painting, quilting and ceramics. Mosaics require similar skills but the rhythm of their creation is different. Piece by piece I place tiles, found objects, recycled glass, concrete and beads that are transformed from the myriad and formless to a new, comprehensible whole. The result comes out of the process: I discover the final work as I put each part in place.

Nature is my inspiration. Many of my designs include bugs, because bugs are everywhere. As a child I found four-leaf clovers, and I use them in my mosaics to pass on the luck I was sure they gave me. Suns are my signature pieces. The varied mosaic faces I create are surrounded by rays made from upcycled steel. I have been told that my suns shine and brighten moods, as well as rooms.

I design, choose the materials, physically cut and place each fragment and then wipe away the grout, making each mosaic a unique and timeless piece of art.

Bonnie Fitzgerald

Professional Level Member

2017 MAI Juror\'s Choice Award, Site Specific
Title:
Palmer Park Community Center
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2017 MAI Juror\'s Choice Award, Site Specific

Bonnie teaches workshops throughout North America, including the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC and leads study tours to destinations in Europe. Fitzgerald’s passion is designing and creating one-of-a-kind artwork and guiding art enthusiasts, young and old alike, on the journey to discover and develop their own personal artistic voice through the art of mosaics. Mentoring students and creating art are interdependent pursuits that shape Fitzgerald's artistic voice every day. She is the author of “Guide to Mosaic Techniques”” (2015) and “300+ Mosaic Tips, Techniques, Templates and Trade Secrets” (2012), which has been translated into 5 languages.

Gail Glikmann

Professional Level Member

Mosaic with found objects, 7ft x 48in x 11in
Title:
African Mask
Caption:
Mosaic with found objects, 7ft x 48in x 11in

I have been an artist and sculptor all of my life. My work ranges from classical sculpture, bronzes, terra cotta, to mixed media. In the last 5 years, I have become fascinated with things that I have found in junk yards. My latest work combines mosaics and various found objects, metals, e-waste, etc. Mosaics offer the color and catch the light, making a statement about the fragmentation of life. Often the found objects are the inspiration for a new piece, but I never stray too far from the human form, because that’s what excites me. I don't know what direction my work will go, in the future, but I will always continue my love affair of the human form.

Jacki Gran

Visionary Level Member

Jacki Gran, Marisol, 2013, Smalti
Title:
Jacki Gran, \"Marisol\"
Caption:
Jacki Gran, Marisol, 2013, Smalti

Jacki Gran is a mosaic artist in Miami, Fl. She is the current President of the SAMA Board of Trustees. Jacki has created mosaic art for 14 years and her work can be found in private collections and has been exhibited in galleries and museums, most notably The Museum of Glass in Tacoma, WA and The Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum in Mesa, AZ.

Sandra Groeneveld

Professional Level Member

Stone on cement board  15.25\' x 17.5\"
Title:
Konijntje (aka bunny)
Caption:
Stone on cement board 15.25\' x 17.5\"

The permanence of my media along with the maze of small tiles, creating patterns and rhythms, draw me into their private realm. Ancient works & methods conspire to direct me as I interpret the world around me.

Yulia Hanansen

Professional Level Member

Yulia Hanansen with her \"Jupiter: Great Red Spot\" mosaic.
Title:
Yulia Hanansen with her \"Jupiter: Great Red Spot\" mosaic.

Yulia Hanansen was born in 1972 in Moscow, Russia. She lived in Russia, Uzbek Republic, Lithuania, New York City, Ann Arbor, MI, and is currently residing in a charming city of Baltimore, MD, USA. She is a second-generation mosaic artist and has been professionally involved in mosaic making since 2001. The mission of her Mosaic Sphere Studio is to build public awareness about the quality of mosaics, and to exhibit the superb qualities of mosaic techniques. Mosaics are made for commission, or they can be purchased as ready-made pieces. Pieces include architectural installations, back-splashes, wall pieces, public and community projects. Along with mosaic artwork Yulia teaches mosaic art at the mosaic schools throughout the US and art foundations/printmaking at Towson University, Towson, MD.

Yulia is a recipient of numerous awards for her mosaic and printmaking artwork, including "Best in Show" prize at Mosaic Arts International, 2011.
Yulia's latest works represent her fascination with themes of nature, climate change, cosmos, and a connection of human beings to it. She is interested in depicting places and natural phenomena that are only noticeable with the help of technology. Her personal artwork uses layered glass mosaic technique, where tiles are glued on top of each other. Yulia's works have been exhibited in the galleries nationwide: Chicago, Seattle, Tacoma, San Francisco, New York City, Mesa, Miami, Lake Oswego, Ann Arbor, and other locations. Work has been collected by patrons in the USA (AZ, MA, NY, CA, IL, FL, GA, MI, TX, WA, OH, NY, PA, NJ, OR), Russia, Lithuania, Uzbekistan, Israel, Australia, Italy, South Korea, and South Pole.

Rhonda Heisler

Professional Level Member

Rhonda Heisler, Aftermath, 2012; raku-fired tile, matte-finish ceramic tile, handcut opaque stained glass, on textured substrate
Title:
Rhonda Heisler, Aftermath
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Rhonda Heisler, Aftermath, 2012; raku-fired tile, matte-finish ceramic tile, handcut opaque stained glass, on textured substrate

I create custom mosaic fine art in handcut opaque stained glass, ceramic tile, and organic materials. My mosaics are animated by an exploration of color, line, rhythm, pattern, scale, texture, and the extraordinary properties of light. Styles include representational, Fauve-inspired, and abstract. I work spontaneously and expressively, using modulated color progressions and variations in the shape and texture of the tesserae to create visual metaphors for complex ideas. Clients include collectors, architects, designers, and art consultants for residential, hospitality, and healthcare settings. I am a past officer and board member of the Society of American Mosaic Artists and have exhibited widely. Tour my website gallery at rhondaheislermosaicart.com.

Lisa Houck

Professional Level Member

Lisa Houck, A Friendly Flock Touches Down, 2013, Mexican smalti glass tiles.
Title:
Lisa Houck, A Friendly Flock Touches Down
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Lisa Houck, A Friendly Flock Touches Down, 2013, Mexican smalti glass tiles.

I have been working as an artist in the Boston area for over forty years and my career path has led me to many fascinating places. I recently completed large-scale mosaics for two parks in Boston. The first of these projects started about ten years ago when I was selected to work with children from United South End Settlements and Ellis Memorial to create artwork for the new Frieda Garcia Park, which sits between the South End and Back Bay neighborhoods of Boston. I taught classes in these two community centers, and the drawings of birds created by these children became part of my design for a magical garden made of fanciful trees populated by zany birds of all descriptions. This 22’ mosaic is titled “A Friendly Flock Touches Down.”

The second public mosaic was for a seating area in the Iron Street Park in the Fort Point Channel neighborhood of Boston. This 6’ x 6’ ceramic tile mosaic was inspired by the iconic loft buildings from this area of town, and it is entitled “City Square with Reflecting Pool.”

For the past eight years I have been teaching mosaics throughout the Boston area including at the Mass College of Art and the Worcester Art Museum. Mosaics has become an important part of my work as an artist. I also work in a variety of other media including painting, printmaking, and ceramics.

Sonia King

Professional Level Member

Sonia King, VisionShift at Hall Arts in the Dallas Arts District, 2015, glass, ceramic, stone
Title:
Sonia King, VisionShift
Caption:
Sonia King, VisionShift at Hall Arts in the Dallas Arts District, 2015, glass, ceramic, stone

Sonia King, mosaic artist, educator and author, creates contemporary mosaic art for gallery, architectural and home settings. Her award-winning mosaics are exhibited internationally and represented in private, public and museum collections. Sonia King’s work presents a uniquely personal expression of the power of mosaic art to challenge the viewer and engage the senses: visual, tactile and emotional. The work is filled with the joy of discovery. Seemingly limitless blends of materials are woven together into complex compositions that are organic and familiar but stimulate the imagination. These mosaics explore the dynamic tension created when familiar organic shapes can be seen as both macro and micro visions of our landscape. Shapes that are simultaneously at rest and moving, pulling the tesserae together into a complex composition while exploring the interaction of each element and the mystery of the spaces between.

Kelley Knickerbocker

Professional Level Member

Kelley Knickerbocker, Incrocio (Crossing) I, 2014, Paper, gold smalti, stone, ceramic
Title:
Kelley Knickerbocker, Incrocio (Crossing) I
Caption:
Kelley Knickerbocker, Incrocio (Crossing) I, 2014, Paper, gold smalti, stone, ceramic

Born in 1963 in Seattle, Washington, Kelley Knickerbocker has been a fulltime practicing artist since 2006, when she traded in a secure 22-year management career at the University of Washington for the freedom to spend her days combining bits of stone, glass and tile into vibrant abstract compositions. Her ruggedly dimensional mosaic artworks are a textural distillation of her fascination with contrast, material properties and the technical challenges of mosaic construction. Kelley’s work has been featured in numerous solo and group shows in the United States and around the world, and her commissioned pieces grace many residential, commercial and public spaces. In addition to her mosaic studio practice in Seattle, WA, Kelley teaches workshops in mosaic design and technique throughout North America.

Michael J. Kruzich

Professional Level Member

\"Still Beating\" is a large-scale sculptural mosaic created for the Hearts for San Francisco Program benefitting the Trauma Center at San Francisco General Hospital. It represents aproximately 930 hours of work and over 54,500 hand-cut and laid tesserae in natural stone, Italian smalti, 24-k gold and Swarovski crystals
Title:
Still Beating!
Caption:
\"Still Beating\" is a large-scale sculptural mosaic created for the Hearts for San Francisco Program benefitting the Trauma Center at San Francisco General Hospital. It represents aproximately 930 hours of work and over 54,500 hand-cut and laid tesserae in natural stone, Italian smalti, 24-k gold and Swarovski crystals

Michael was trained at the prestigious Mosaic Art School in Ravenna, Italy by Maestra Luciana Notturni and her colleagues.
His work has exhibited nationally and internationally, winning awards at the annual “Mosaic Arts International” exhibits in 2010, 2011 and 2015 as well as appearing in several recent art and mosaic publications.  A professional member of the Society of American Mosaic Artists, Michael is based in San Francisco, CA where he maintains his studio practice creating fine art mosaics, reproductions and commissions for private/commercial clients and teaching the classical Italian principles and methods of making mosaics.
Many aspects of my professional dance and theatrical background present themselves in my mosaic works. They are often characterized by  Light, Movement, Energetic Visual Dynamics and a high level of Detail. These are the what turn me on and motivate me the most.
In seeking to cope with the inner and outer chaos of our world today and an increasingly impersonal technological age, my creations tend to lean the opposite; toward the wonder and the natural beauty I perceive in the world, people and experiences around me.
My mosaic voice is always developing and I do not seek to confine myself to one style, but rather engage in whatever style of expression is calling and intriguing me at the moment. I take pride in being versatile and exploring new ideas that present themselves as well as mastering the traditional methods and styles that are at the foundation of my work. My work is owned by private collectors as well as private architectural installments.
He teaches in a no-frills, no-nonsense hands-on way. Courses are composed of lectures and demos on the classic principles and methods, but the majority of the course is actually “getting-to-work” and learning-by-doing.

Olga Ladina

Professional Level Member

NY
Title:
ArtExpo 2017
Caption:
NY

“Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life's coming attractions." (Albert Einstein)

Courtney Lipson

Professional Level Member

Courtney Denise Lipson, Butterfly Pendant, sterling silver pendant with micro-mosaic
Title:
Courtney Denise Lipson, Butterfly Pendant
Caption:
Courtney Denise Lipson, Butterfly Pendant, sterling silver pendant with micro-mosaic

With a painter’s heart, I developed my technique for micro-mosaics using beads and tile grout.

Maria Isabel Lopez

Professional Level Member

Mixed media of smalti, reflective glass, natural stones-lapis lazuli, quartz, chalcopryte, acrylic
Title:
Illuminati 2
Caption:
Mixed media of smalti, reflective glass, natural stones-lapis lazuli, quartz, chalcopryte, acrylic

"To create is a spiritual journey as I am God's creation. My chosen medium- mosaic , unleashes a radio drama that ordinary paintings could not convey.
Like my life and my films, every piece, color, and texture combined with the play of light is a process with unpredictable outcome.
Hand cut, cannot be altered and resistant, each artwork is a relationship till I move to the next.
I love the reflections- alive pulsating and changeable. Shining splendor! This is when I am most happy.
These are moments I humbly express my gratitude."

Cathy Maxwell

Professional Level Member

Cathy Maxwell, in collaboration with Greg Maxwell, Riverside: Sister City Across the Sea at the Sendai International Center, Sendai, Japan, 2007, ceramic, stone, marble, glass
Title:
Cathy Maxwell, in collaboration with Greg Maxwell, Riverside: Sister City Across the Sea
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Cathy Maxwell, in collaboration with Greg Maxwell, Riverside: Sister City Across the Sea at the Sendai International Center, Sendai, Japan, 2007, ceramic, stone, marble, glass

I am a self-taught mosaic artist. In 2003, I embarked on my journey of creating mosaics, affectionately known to me as “my art therapy”. My areas of expertise include design concept, design development, fabrication and installation of mosaic murals, fine art and kitchen backsplashes. I have taught beginning mosaic workshops at the Riverside Art Museum, and presently I teach workshops at my studio. I have also worked as an after-school Independent Arts Educator for the Riverside Arts Council’s Arts & Minds program.

Over the last several years, I have had many memorable experiences, including creating mosaic art on large fiberglass sculptures, creating school and community murals, creating commissioned art for a children’s hospital, along with public and private commissioned work. I have also had the opportunity to work collaboratively with other artists to provide “hands on” public mosaic art experiences for my community during Riverside’s annual Saturation Festival, Riverside’s monthly Arts Walk and the Artisans Collective at the annual Festival of Lights in Riverside, California.

Working as an artist and Independent Arts Educator, I believe that every time I create a piece of art or teach a class, I am continuing to learn and grow as an individual. My hope is that my teaching encourages students to think about all the creative possibilities that lie within themselves. I also hope that my teaching inspires students to look at the world through an artist’s eyes, by imagining how everyday people, places and feelings can be transformed into beautiful, enduring mosaic art.

Ryan McGivern

Professional Level Member

flat glass mosaic
Title:
calibogue sound 2017
Caption:
flat glass mosaic

Ryan McGivern's career as a professional teaching artist began at Urban Glass, Brooklyn in 1999 during her employment as the tour director, asst to educ. director and glassblowing instructor. Additionally, Ryan worked as an visual arts instructor at The Art Lab, Staten Island Museum, Staten Island Children's Museum, Noble Museum, Snug Harbor Cultural Center and the UFT while she operated The Studio 150 located in Staten Island, NY. Ryan actively taught glass mosaic art to thousands of NYC public school students until 2016 and has helped create over 100 mosaic murals exhibited throughout schools in Staten Island and Brooklyn. Ryan's work can be found in private and public collections, notably the "Seven Sisters", 2005, located at the NYU Rory Meyers School of Nursing Student Center.

Brigitte MESSALI

Professional Level Member

Brigitte MESSALI, the KISS,2014,glass tiles,vitreous,millefiori
Title:
the KISS from Klimt
Caption:
Brigitte MESSALI, the KISS,2014,glass tiles,vitreous,millefiori

Mosaist artist since 6 years, French but living in the USA since 2001, travelled and worked around the world as diplomat herself then following her husband, especially in the Middle East. Currently in Jerusalem. 3 years diploma of mosaist from the ST Joseph university of Beyrouth.
My Design philosophy
Each piece of artwork is unique.
Each piece of artwork will bring you to another world full of colors, texture, scent and music.
I mix classic technics with contemporary design, copy of artwork or ancient mosaic , create my own design.
My Inspiration
From Middle East countries to Italia, Greece and South America
From pieces of linen, carpets and china
Always combination of colors and shapes
My Materials
Handmade cut tesserae of glass tiles, stone, mirror, broken china, millefiori, marble.
Participated in several exhibition in the USA, Israel.

Trish Metzner

Professional Level Member

Trish Metzner and Don Tacho, 2016
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Trish Metzner and Don Tacho, 2016

Cathleen Newsham

Professional Level Member

Cathleen Newsham, SOHO Penthouse Floor, 2015, Marble and gold tile floor mosaic
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Cathleen Newsham, SOHO Penthouse Floor, New York, NY
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Cathleen Newsham, SOHO Penthouse Floor, 2015, Marble and gold tile floor mosaic

For nearly sixteen years, I have been designing, fabricating and installing decorative and functional mosaics for residential and commercial clients. I incorporate natural stone, handmade ceramic tile, porcelain tile, brilliantly colored glass and recycled treasures. I also teach Architectural Installation and Pique Assiette workshops throughout the United States.

Leilani Pacheco-Datta

Professional Level Member

Leilani Pacheco-Datta, \"Shiva & Siren\", 2016, Ceramic tile, Dichroic (fused), yellow onyx, stained glass,
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Leilani Pacheco-Datta \"Shiva & Siren\" 8ft tall X 6ft wide (8 months to create)
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Leilani Pacheco-Datta, \"Shiva & Siren\", 2016, Ceramic tile, Dichroic (fused), yellow onyx, stained glass,

Leilani Pacheco-Datta was born and raised in Kona-Hawaii, and truly is a local artist. She started 15 years ago training in Italy, with stained glass masters. Her love of every medium in glass, has blessed her with the opportunity to train with the top masters around the World. Enzo Aiello; Rome Vatican Mosaic Artist, (and many others). She continues to train, as she feels you need to incorporate the newest products, and techniques into your work, and take a little something you learned from all your masters, and create your own voice in your art. As an artist, sharing her gift by teaching other students, has also been a highlight of her career. She has taught many students in all mediums of glass, and has her studio in Kona with a B & B, (the former vacation home of actor Tom Selleck), and welcomes all students to experience art, even if you have never done glass art before. You can check availability and get information on her website.
Her work is viewable on her website at www.hokulaniglass.com.

Lynn Ihsen Peterson

Professional Level Member

three large 18x36 panels resembling a Chinese New Year, eh?
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Exuberance
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three large 18x36 panels resembling a Chinese New Year, eh?

I'm still at it, making tiles then creating mosaic images with them. I have been traveling more so the process is disrupted somewhat as I open my eyes and creative thought.

I have been selling art all my life, from illustration, painting, weaving, book making, cards and logos, singing in many bands and performing as Scottish dancer. Life never fails to intrigue.

Anne Marie Price

Professional Level Member

Anne Marie Price \"Frida\" 2016 Stained glass.
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Anne Marie Price \"Frida\"
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Anne Marie Price \"Frida\" 2016 Stained glass.

I do not remember a moment in my life when I was not creating art but I do remember the moment I decided I wanted to become a mosaic artist and create mosaic art. It is in this process especially, that I find peace, purpose, and a way to say something...with many little pieces. I constantly try to find a balance between the simple and the complex in my work. The subject simplified...the movement within that subject.. complex. This is what drives me to keep creating. This challenge to create what I see all around me, in nature, humanity, life and the ironic.

Tamara A Rager

Professional Level Member

Tamara A Rager, Billy\'s Flowers, 2016, Granite, Marble, Limestone, Quartz, and River Rock. Mounted on Denshield and grouted with Customs Grount in Linen.
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Tamara A Rager, Billy\'s Flowers
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Tamara A Rager, Billy\'s Flowers, 2016, Granite, Marble, Limestone, Quartz, and River Rock. Mounted on Denshield and grouted with Customs Grount in Linen.

Rager Custom Mosaics are distinctively created for your living space. I can dress your walls, zen your meditation room, and add a conversation piece to your office or public space.

My mosaics are created with the warmth and beauty of granite, marble, limestone, quartz, slate, and 24K gold glass.
I specialize in both Modern Contemporary and Roman Mosaics. I am known for taking a precious photo and recreating its non-identical twin into a feature piece of artwork.

I teach a direct set method and show all of my work in progress via social media #MosaicWIP.

Capturing a moment in time is golden like a piece of grain...small yet significant and my job is to create and release.

Betsy Rodman

Corporate Level Member

Ikebana
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Ikebana

I am co-owner of Mosaic Oasis Studio & Supply, located in Arlington Massachusetts. We have created a space that is where the beginning mosaic student to the accomplished mosaic artist can enjoy and learn more about mosaic art.

Norma Haas Rosen

Professional Level Member

Watts Towers Arts Center Campus way-finding monument at parking entrance. Completed April of 2016. Materials include new and recycled tile, broken china plates, pottery pieces, cast glass jewels, mirror shapes and mini porcelain tile squares recovered from a residential demolition of a 1942 pool during a private property rehab.
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Watts Towers Art Center way-finding monument
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Watts Towers Arts Center Campus way-finding monument at parking entrance. Completed April of 2016. Materials include new and recycled tile, broken china plates, pottery pieces, cast glass jewels, mirror shapes and mini porcelain tile squares recovered from a residential demolition of a 1942 pool during a private property rehab.

As a public artist for the City of Los Angeles, Norma Haas Rosen creates art including mosaics. She is an Artist in Residence on the campus of the Watts Towers and a member of the Garden Studio AIR Team. She works in the tradition of Simon Rodia, re-purposing ceramic objects, glass pieces, mirror and tile to create new beauty. Her work on the Watts Towers Arts Center campus includes a light pole bench, mural and way-finding monument. Her projects engage the community from teaching interactive classes for youth and parent advocacy to engaging volunteers of all ages who want to learn the art of tiling. To learn more please visit: https://www.wattstowers.org/norma-haas-rosen

Rachel Sager

Professional Level Member

Artist/Teacher/Storyteller
Rachel, The Forager Mosaicist, works on the cutting edge of the contemporary mosaic fine art movement. Her innovative work has been represented in cities throughout the U.S. and internationally and has been awarded multiple Bests of Show in juried exhibitions. Her Marcellus Shale Series stands as a true Pittsburgh success story and her work is collected with passion by private clients and corporations all over the world. Rachel’s time spent studying with Italian maestros has shaped her mosaic philosophy, and she brings these classical techniques home to the here and now of Western Pennsylvania’s sandstone, limestone, slate, and coal seams. With feet firmly planted in the Allegheny Mountains, Rachel confidently shouts from the rooftops…“look at this beautifully imperfect corner of the world!”

Bruce Schuettinger

Professional Level Member

44 different species of wood applied to the outer surfaces of the credenza in an Abstract Expresionistic inspired design utilizing mosaic techniques.
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Artist Bruce M. Schiettinger, Company MosArt, Title \"Pieces\"
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44 different species of wood applied to the outer surfaces of the credenza in an Abstract Expresionistic inspired design utilizing mosaic techniques.

ARTIST STATEMENT
As I walk through the woods or down the beach, I am surrounded by the visual gifts, which nature has provided. The interplay between the diagonal intersection of the branches of the trees, the colors and shapes of the shells and rocks lying upon the sand interspersed with the white foam; all create visual inspiration for my functional art.
The wonderment of the variance in the color and grain patterns of wood from the trees throughout the world and the Soul of that Tree; has provided me with an extensive artist’s pallet from which I can paint with wood using the uniqueness of each piece and apply them as an painter uses a brush or pallet knife. I am guided by spirit and those craftsman and artists who have come before me to, move functional art to new levels, while adhering to the finest level of time tested craftsmanship from the 18th and early 19th centuries.
Initially, as a Collegiate Fine Arts Graduate and then for the past 35 years as a Wooden Artifacts Conservator, Lecturer, and Teacher, I am in a unique position to bring forth all of which I have learned in these activities into the design and construction of my fine art furniture. My designs are influenced by the major fine art movements of the late 19th and 20th centuries to include Cubism, Abstract Expressionism, Abstract Illusionism, Neo-Plasticism, just to mention a few and Artists such as Piet Mondrian and Gerrit Rietveld.
In my life, I have seen so much waste and consequently I do not want to discard any part of the wood board or cut down live trees to produce my art. This edict has propelled my work into the realm of Mosaic, which allows me to utilize even the smallest fragments to create a decorative surface. I use only old stock wood and sustainable materials whenever possible in the creation of all my “Functional Art”; always seeking out rare and unusual wood in retired wood workers collections or reclamation/second chance centers.
With thanks and gratitude,

John (Solly) Sollinger

Professional Level Member

John Sollinger, Of Eden, 2012, stained glass
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Of Eden
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John Sollinger, Of Eden, 2012, stained glass

I produce mosaics that depict natural landscapes, both intimate and distant, that honor the beauty and complexity of nature. I hope to convey messages on environmental themes, including environmental degradation and climate change. My passion for teaching, which I have pursued for over 20 years, has spilled over from the University to mosaic workshops in the US and overseas. Those interested in helping me to find hosts and studios should contact me at: sollinger@jeffnet.org

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