Portfolio

     
     
Cyclists mosaic       'Race to the Front'; glass,ceramic and bike chain.
Mosaic mannequin by TomatoJack Arts       'TJ'; Vintage crockery mosaiced mannequin.
Summer Pyramid by TomatoJack Arts       'Summer Pyramid'; Glass mosaic pyramid.
School Mosaic by TomatoJack Arts       TomatoJack Arts have worked with over 20 schools throughout Gloucestershire.
     
     
     
     
      This design is based on an embroidered parasol from a photograph taken while in Northern India with my mother.
      This is a sampler mosaic made for Create 98 in Leigh on Sea, Essex.
      Rhythms of the River is a mosaic about the river Thames. It was made and exhibited for BAMM Miniatures exhibition held in London.
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
A private commission. 1 metre X 25cms       Commissioned by a keen fisherman to be above his kitchen Aga!  I used vitreous glass throughout created on hardie board.
      A 3D follow-up to my course with Luciana Notturni in Ravenna.  Materials used were white marble, vitreous glass, millefiori and mother-of-pearl. The shell was hand-carved out of dense polystyrofoam.
     
One fish two fish       One fish two fish
Konijntje (aka Bunny)       Konijntje (aka Bunny)
BOrocks!       BOrocks!
As the Fish Rots       As the Fish Rots
Perdido Key Mouse       Perdido Key Mouse
     
     
      4 foot high fibreglass swan sculpture covered with vitreous glass tiles (2013)
      Unglazed ceramic on cement board 50x50cm (2016)
      Unglazed ceramic and gold smalti 100x40cm (2017)
      Unglazed ceramic 120x60cm (2015)
      A portrait in stained glass approx 30cm x 20cm (2018)
Mosaic Screen Shadow Series       3 Panel screen using vitreous glass, ceramic, gold leaf. Part of Shadow Series project shown at various exhibitions. (Private collection)
Mosaic 3 panel screen based on story of Jacob's Ladder       3 panel mosaic screen for exhibition (Lichfield Cathedral and various other) using hand-painted mosaic, vitreous glass, gold leaf and ceramic.
3 Panel Screen Mosaic - Birdman Series       Exhibition narrative piece made with vitreous glass, hand-painted ceramic, antique glass, porcelain and hand-molded resin. Part of project exploring Birdman symbolism and myth.
Framed Mosaic part of Birdman series       Wall based mosaic using hand-painted ceramic, vitreous glass, ceramic, porcelain.
Illustrative mosaic portraying rural Derbyshire       Detail of large wall hung privately commissioned hand-painted ceramic, portraying essence of rural Derbyshire.
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
The secret garden       The secret garden

Size:65x65cm


Materials:opalescent glass,beads,details in Tiffany technique, on wood base
Late summer in the park       Size:23x12cm
Material:opalescent glass on wood base
Another working day       Size:25x10cm
Materials:opalescent glass,glass tiles on wood base.
På gatan       Size:32x22cm
Material:opalescent glass on wood base
Tulip meadow       Size:43x34cm
Material:Venetian smalti on wood base
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
The De Luci Fish Mosaic Sculpture       The De Luci Fish Mosaic Sculpture
The River Of Life Mosaic - The University Of Iowa       The River Of Life Mosaic - The University Of Iowa
The Fishpond Mosaic       The Fishpond Mosaic
Entwined Histories Mosaic Sculpture       Entwined Histories Mosaic Sculpture
Shrapnel - War is a gun with a worker at each end       Shrapnel - War is a gun with a worker at each end
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
Decorative wall art- mosaic       Decadent jewellery for the walls. This piece was specifically designed to fit the space in a lounge above the sofa. In consultation with the client and taking specific reference from existing textiles and artwork in the room this thoughtful piece adds rich glamour to the room. Not least reflecting the warm west facing light throughout the room.

Materials: A delicious mix of materials set onto plywood with a deep grout background. Mirror, 24 carat gilded keys, shells and buttons are set into hand cut stained glass and vitreous glass tiles. Dimensions: 1.5. m. x 70. cm. Practical Information: The base material is plywood therefore the item is reasonably light and easy to install. Suitable for indoor placement only.

Price: Commissions accepted for similar work. Fee available on request.

School mosaic mural       These mosaic features were created for the atrium area of the new school building. A sea theme echoed it’s Southampton location.

Materials: Vitreous glass mosaic tiles, ceramic tiles, mirror, pebbles and shells. Dimensions: 8 x 1 m. x 40 cm. panels. Practical Information: The design was created in consultation with the school staff. The fabrication of the mosaic work was carried out in the Inspired Mosaics Studio. Once complete it was permanently installed onsite. Hardwearing and easy to maintain. Suitable for indoor or outdoor placement.

Price: Commissions accepted for similar work. Fee based on participation, size, complexity of design and location.
MOSAIC FIREPLACE SURROUND       This successful commission adds warmth and harmony to the living room with it's dramatic use of pattern and colour, renovating a disused fireplace.

Materials: A combination of vitreous glass and stained glass set against a backdrop of glazed black tiles shot through with bronze and gold. Dimensions: Central panel 1 m. x 1 m. plus surrounding area. Practical Information: The central panel of the fireplace has been made on plywood and inserted into position. Therefore if the client decided to relocate it can be hung as a picture. The hearth area is fixed permanently onto the existing tiles. All the tiles, grouts and adhesives are water resistant and durable.

Price: Commissions accepted for similar work. Fee available on request.
GIFTED & TALENTED GCSE ART PROJECT SCHOOL       This was a truly dynamic project as you can see from the end result. Working with a select group of GCSE art students we came up with a design that celebrated their energy, optimism, cultural heritage and interests.

Materials: Vitreous glass mosaic tiles, ceramic tiles and mirror. Dimensions: Starting at 2 square metres. Practical Information: The designs are created in consultation with the school staff and then made with the children at the school. On completion they were permanently installed onsite. Hardwearing and easy to maintain. Suitable for indoor or outdoor placement.

Price: Commissions accepted for similar work. Fee based on participation, size, complexity of design and location.
Bathroom floor mosaic       A contemporary take on a classic Roman mosaic floor design. Traditionally crafted with marble cubed tesserae this floor has been hand-made using contemporary ceramic and glass tiles in tones that complement the travertine-clad ensuite bathroom.

Materials: A combination of matt and glazed ceramic tiles with details in vitreous glass to add colour and shine. Dimensions: 3 m. x 2 m. Practical Information: This floor was created in the studio and then installed on site. All the tiles, grouts and adhesives are water resistant and durable.

Price: Commissions accepted for similar work. Fee available on request.
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
      Mermaid.<br />
This mosaic is 600mm x 800mm and was produced as a commission. The 'treasure chest' incorporated found and given objects which reflected the person's memories.&nbsp; It is made from cermaic and glass terressae, glass pebbles, jewellery and ceramic objects.
     
     
Polar bear      
Mosaic Jewellery      
Heart      
     
     
     
     
     
Trafford Macmillan  Care Centred Mosaic Commission       HOW TO COMMISSION A MOSAIC

A mosaic commission usually begins with a discussion with a client regarding where they would like a mosaic to feature, mosaic size, ideas for a design & colour scheme, mosaic materials, timescales and finally a budget. Full guidance is provided throughout.

Once these initial ideas have been considered and agreed I would draw an initial design (or use one provided by the client) and email or mail a photograph to the client. Amendments to the initial design are made as requested. Once the design has been approved a payment of 50% of the cost of the completed mosaic is requested.

The mosaic is then created by myself or with clients (if forming part of a project). When the mosaic is completed the mosaic is dispatched or delivered (as agreed) with fixtures and fittings and installed (or instruction provided for installation, as initially agreed) by the date set. The remainder of the cost of the mosaic is paid by the client at this point.

Commissioning a mosaic is simple and adds a unique and special addition to any environment (indoors and out). Mosaics look great in a garden, bathroom, kitchen, hallway and conservatory. A mosaic commission for a restaurant, hotel or company logo can really make a powerful statement of 'we're well established and here to stay' - just as the Romans did!

http://www.mosaicart.org.uk
Public mosaic art commission: Larkin with Toads 2010 in Hull       LARKIN WITH TOADS 2010

Larkin with Toads was a large scale, mass participation public art event that populated Hull with enormous decorated toads for 10 weeks during the summer of 2010.

This formed part of the Larkin25 festival (www.larkin25.co.uk) celebrating the poem 'Toads'.

After the event my sponsors decided to purchase my mosaic toad during a charitable auction of the toads for permanent display outside Hull & East Riding Museum (36 High Street, Hull HU1 1NQ.)

If you would like to discuss a commission please send an email sue.kershaw@hotmail.co.uk or call 07929 884759.
3D mosaic art spheres       Mosaic art spheres for display during my period as artist in residence at Burton Agnes Hall, Rudston Rd, Burton Agnes, Driffield YO25 4NB during August 2018.

50cm in diametre compiled of glass, porcelain and found objects

If you would like to discuss a commission please send an email sue.kershaw@hotmail.co.uk or call 07929 884759.
White Horse Mosaic Art       Featuring porcelain and glass tiles. 40 x 61 cm

If you would like to discuss a commission please send an email sue.kershaw@hotmail.co.uk or call 07929 884759.
School mosaic art created with St Mary's RC Primary School, Clayton-le-Moors, Lancashire       It was a busy week working with all the children of St Mary's RC Primary School in Clayton-le-Moors, Lancashire.

We created this mosaic to remember the much loved headteacher Ms Nolan who worked 25 years at the school.

The mosaic measures 120 x 90 cm and is displayed at the school entrance.

Great school and really lovely children and staff. A real pleasure.

If you would like to create a school mosaic contact Sue Kershaw, Mosaic Artist

07929 884759

sue.kershaw@hotmail.co.uk

www.mosaicart.org.uk
     
      This native tree grows wildly in Matheson Bay, Northland, New Zealand and the people commissioning this 2.8metre x1metre piece of art wanted to celebrate this native flora with ‘huge’ flowers and have the piece spread across their beautiful garden. The flowers range between 800mm and 600mm diameter, and each needed two people to be lifted onto the main frame. Very dramatic job and image. Glass and tile.
      This art piece was created to commemorate a flood in 1981 that destroyed the local footbridge and houses and businesses along the river bank at Waikino where I live. A committee was established to firstly build a new Bridge (behind the wall in the photo. My wife had a new bridge funded and built with the later intention of funding a Memorial Artwall.
I got to manage the wall and Diane’s funding included six commissioned artists from the area, each given a theme to be developed in their own style; Three were mosaic artists, one a sculptor in stone, another in concrete and a potter for the sixth theme. My piece is the one on the right pointing to the future of the Karangahake gorge. I did mine with Shona Laing who wrote and sang the internationally famous song “Who’d be a Kennedy”. 8 metres long x twin block walls 2.4metres high with a 2 tonne wheel in the centre from Waikino’s industrial past. I got to work with local District Council, builders, engineers, commercial tilers, and a gold medal winner at Chelsea Flower Show for the garden. Collaboration with artists included my need to mosaic the Ohinemuri river through each of the pieces of art to link them together. Took about 6 months to build and place artwork.
      The 100th anniversary of Sister Janet Erskine Stuart’s death in Britain, then Mother Superior of the Sacred Heart Sisters, warranted this mosaic commission and had to reflect the ideas of Baradene College girls. The imagery reflects their views of the nature of education at Baradene, what it means now and how it will affect their future lives. They also helped place some of the materials, especially in the centre piece of the triptych. 5 metres long x 1.5 metres depth in triptych form. 6 months work in 2 x 3month intervals.
      Native flora again. This was the third piece I did; when I finished the basic art and before grouting I was in total disillusionment about what I had done. I didn’t think it was that good, looked very basic and lots of craters between glass and tiles. Then I grouted the piece and I couldn’t have been more surprised with the result. I was astounded; and it has become one of my favourite pieces. It is 1200mm square with a copper frame.
It has been on show in the foyer area of the Fay Richwhite building in Auckland but removed after 2 years when a promised rental by the building managers was not forthcoming. Oh get things in writing, Kiernan.
      This piece won the New Zealand National Contemporary Mosaic Exhibition in 2013 at Pataka Gallery in Wellington. The theme relates to the fact that many young people can no longer experience job satisfaction because they either cannot get jobs at all, or have to get casual jobs that offer very little future; even university educated people find that getting a job is not a given in the 'modern' climate of economic activity. They are becoming part of the 'price of inequality'. Therefore many will say: Y BOTHA. 800mm x 600mm; glass tiles and pebbles; steel frame.
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
Galway's Long Walk      
Mosaic Tree      
     
      Flipflops.Unglazed ceramic with glass and shells suggesting
all the treasures that sand and the tide can give up.
For sale
      This Bluebird mosaic is on permanent exhibition as part of the City of Culture,
Flight to Freedom BAMM North exhibition at Hull Paragon
Interchange Station. The murmuration of birds
depict the journey of European immigrants to Britain and to
the USA.
      Delicious ice cream! Iridescent and gold glass shards, Venetian millefiori and painted
glass cabochons make up this Italian inspired mosaic
Currently on display at Poma Gelato, Beverley, East Yorkshire
For sale
      Italian dove with a heart of a religious symbol particular to the Puglian region of Italy.
Travertine, glass, marble, found objects and glass.
      Glass and found objects with Venetian millefiori
For sale
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
Detail of Mermaid       Stained, vitreous glass, millefiori, fused cabochons on ply
      My two passions - glass and wax, combined
      Private commission to celebrate recipient's favourite destinations. Stained, vitreous and fused glass with SMALTI on ply.
      2' x 4' community mosaic created by participants at a Cheshire Mental Health Residential. Vitreous, micror and stained glass on external ply.
     
      <p>Garden table using the uncleared floor idea</p>
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
      I wanted to study with Alessandra and Romuald at the there Studio in Venice Italy, "Artefact Mosaic Studio." I had that opportunity for two weeks in 2019.
Wolf was created on this course and I love this technique and of course, being in Venice.

12" x 14"
Smalti
      This is Ancient Bird is the first mosaic I created in from my New Mexico studio and home.
12" x 8"
marble
November 2020
      Parrot
In 2002 I attended a 3 week course with Martin Cheek. A week in Venice and two weeks on the Island of Evia in Greece. We took a couple of tours in Venice and Athens to discover what we wanted to create while in the workshop. This Parrot is what I found.

This is a portion of, "St. George Baptising the Gentile" painting by Vittore Carpaccio

19x12x5
smalti, roti, vitreous
      Whispering and Screaming
This is one of my favorite mosaics. I like the combination of materials, from the rugged rock to the smalti, marble and slate.

6" x 11"
slate, smalti, marble, rock
      Composure
Lots of changes have been a part of my journey and many times it's been a challenge to maintain my composure. Expressing emotions thorugh art is a help.

10"x10"
millefiori, smalti, gold smalt
     
     
     
     
wall art in mosaic featuring a chicken and flowers       Made for the Perthshire Open Studios Taster exhibition at the Bield, near Perth.

The chicken / cockerel is one from the Bield's steading, and is quite a flamboyant one! The Bield operates as a charity, and offers placements for young adults who need to learn skills, including communication, work ethos etc.

I have reproduced him with a variety of broken crockery, including a mug which had chickens on it, and a few mugs which had my father's church on (Eccleshall, in Staffordshire).

The background is made of vintage dishes, where I have cut all the circles out. And the flowers are mostly stoneware.
patio centrepiece in mosaic       Commissioned by the local Girl Guiding group in Shieldhill, by Falkirk, to be the focal point of the patio area in a community garden.

The original design was developed from being one large image of the guiding trefoil, to include individual elements representing the three key areas of guiding (Girl Guides, Brownies and Rainbows), and that it is part of a butterfly conservation garden.

We held a drop-in day which was very successful, allowing the community to get involved. Then the mosaic was completed at my workshop. Made as 7 individual paving slabs, it was finally installed into a paved area.

"The mosaic has been well admired and talked about; and it has survived the several days of very hard frost and freezing temperatures.we have had here in Shieldhill."
brick wall covered in mosaic flowers, birds, butterflies and bugs.  school project       Teaching and advising the art teacher of the School, so that all the children made a piece for the mosaic, be it a flower head, an owl, or butterfly, I was then tasked with 4 days to install all the pieces, and teach the art of grouting to all the volunteers. By far the biggest and most spectacular of my wall mosaics, given the enjoyment of the children each seeing their piece in situ
      Flower Cloud was a commission with a purpose. The client looked out of her kitchen onto a pebble-dashed garage wall, which was a bit bleak, so she commissioned the mosaic so she would look out onto a bright colourful garden in mosaic instead.

Made onto a suitable board, the mosaic is made of bone china dishes, glass and tile, with ceramic stoneware wastage from a local potter. A lot of charity shop finds have gone into this mosaic.
Exhibition mosaic featuring a garden of flowers with a path meandering through       Inspired by an illustration in a calendar, I loved the concept of a path through a meadow, with a garden gate beyond to fields.

The oval frame is originally held a large mirror, but makes the perfect surround for this mosaic. The path, made of the edges of a ceramic plate, meanders through a meadow of flowers, which are made from a whole combination of dishes, mugs, cups and broken china. The flower centres are fused from scraps of glass, each being unique. The sky is vintage tile, and the leaves and branches are from wine bottle glass.
     
Andamentropy - Marian Shapiro       A play on the combination of Andamento and entropy
unglazed ceramic, gold smalti, shards on hand-formed substrate
Unfolding       Unfolding
120 x 50 cm. Smalti, marble, stained glass
Quilt       One of the fabric series. 60 x 40 cm
Vitreous glass on hand-formed substrate.
Cleaning up after installation.       Cleaning up following installation of this pavement mosaic as part of the Pattern of Life commission that was a collaboration with sculptor Diane Gorvin.
     
Ravensbury Primary School       Pupils at Ravensbury Primary School made a set of nine kites, inspired by their school logo. The kites form part of the uplifting and colourful new signage on the front wall of their school building.They were given careful instruction but loads of freedom and thoroughly enjoyed the whole process.
Typographical Mosaic; words "Well" and "Crafted"       This mosaic was made for an exhibition at the beerhouse of an independent Manchester brewery specialising in distinctive Craft Ales.
Mosaic Mural in A bricked up Gothic Arch Church doorway       This mosaic was made with over 100 participants from the neighbourhood. It is approximately 3 metres high and 2 metres wide and made from frost resistant glazed porcelain tile and glass.
     
     
     
     
     
      Opposite Tate Modern on the north bank of the River Thames, the Queenhithe Mosaic tells the story of Queenhithe, the medieval port out of which the modern city of London grew.

     
     
     
Mosaic, Drift wood, Sculpture       Drift wood and mosaic
Detail of mosaic mural       Detail from a larger mosaic mural on a garden wall, France
Mosaic, France, found objects, Wall Mural       Mosaic worked Direct onto a garden wall depicting Collioure, France
Return to the Med panels - side by side       Mosaic panels - made into a back to back mosaic - now in the grounds of the Miramar Hotel, Bournemouth, Dorset
Mosaic, panels, Feature wall,       Double sided mosaic - sun and moon - seascape through an arch - memory of a holiday
mosaic toilet, cistern chapel, colchester       Series of Mosaics created for Colchester Art Centre a former church now fabulous performance venue.
Ladies, gender neutral, accessible and staff toilets were all transformed with panels and mirrors. All the blue crockery and pennies were donated by local people and photographic transfers see performers featured and embedded into the mosaics.
EKCO mosaic sculpture, Southend       Sculpture commemorating the EKCO factory and its founder Eric K Cole. Created using photographic transfers depicting the factories products, workers, promotional materials and social events.

For info on the photographs go to www.southendmuseums.co.uk/oureric

Commissioned by Bellway Homes with Southend Borough Council
Hospital mosaic, recycled crockery       A 6m long panel created using donated crockery, jewels, buttons and sea glass, from staff, patients and visitors to the hospital.

The mosaic depicts the Essex Coastline and is in recognition of the Gift of Life from organ donors. It features a poem written for the piece by Martin Newell.

Commissioned by the Organ donation committee.
mosaic corset       One of 7 corsets created for the main entrance of a former corset factory, now government builidng housing a library, offices and museum.

Each corset is based on one from the collection and each created from distinct crockery. Queenie is made entirely from coronation and Royal wedding crockery with lots of gold, to create a truly decadent corset.
recycled mosaic car       Created as part of Vorsicht Kunst! a sculpture symposium in Meiningen, Germany. This iconic Trabant car was donated along with some stunning Thuringen ceramics. Thuringen is the German equivalent to our Stoke on Trent. The factories all closed soon after the wall came down, so this piece creates a nostalgic nod to the former East Germany.

It remains outside Elizabeth Castle in Meiningen and features in many wedding photos.
     
     
     
     
Lancashire Heeler Dog Pebble Mosaic      
Tree of Life Pebble Mosaic       This intricate pebble mosaic features a tree of life with fruits of carved Jasper. The leaves and trunk are created using Honister slate.
     
     
     
      Leisure Centre, Sleaford, Lincolnshire. Porcelain pavement mosaic measuring 9.2mtrs x 3.5mtrs at its widest. Client: North Kesteven District Council.
      Holbeach, Lincolnshire. Wall mounted mosaic set
in a steel frame. Measures 6mtrs long x 3mtrs high. Mosaic depicts the history of
Holbeach and its inhabitants. Client: Lincolnshire County Council.
      A Series of three pavement mosaics along a
stretch of the banks of the River Slea, Sleaford, Lincolnshire. The mosaics chronicle the
history of the history and development of the movement of goods on the waterway.
Each mosaic measures 300cm x 90cm. Client: North Kesteven District Council.
      Outdoor sculpture. New Park Street, Hamilton,
Lanarkshire. Three large oak leaves in GRP, steel and ceramic measuring 4mtrs high x
7mtrs long x 3.5mtrs wide. Client: Morrison’s Supermarkets Plc.
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
Bettys Ilkley       This threshold mosaic in Ilkley is one of the two I created for Bettys and Taylors to mark their centennial.

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Paradise Garden water feature       The water feature sits in a quartered paradise garden and is fed by octagonal ponds at either end through shallow rills.

The Carrara marble is incised with Venetian handmade glass (smalti). The plain off-white pebble insets provide a frame the feature.


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Garden Parterre Pebble Mosaic       This is an example of pebble work in an intricate geometric pattern. Credit for this image goes to Neil Hepworth for an article in English Garden.

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Peacock seating feature       This feature is in a quiet area of a private estate. Created in lapis lazuli, jade, slate, pebbles and a range of semis precious materials.


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Pebble Mosaic courses       One day pebble mosaic workshops for small groups in the heart of Ilkley with awarding winning artist David James.

Join David for a relaxing and informative workshop in his working studio and workshop.

For details and booking contact David mail@olicanamosaics.co.uk
      One of the hares on the 2017 Cotswold Hare trail
      Hare mosaicked as part of the 2014 Cirencester March Hare trail.
      Exhibited at Chedworth Roman Villa in 2016. Glass mosaic on acrylic
      Exhibited at Chedworth Roman Villa, 2016. Glass mosaic on wedi
      Glass on glass mosaic
     
     
     
     
     
Reef       Inspired by Blue Planet 2 and made for Artists open Houses, Rottingdean, Brighton 2018
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
Mosaic Fish, North Uist       Taigh
Chearsabhagh Art Centre, North Uist, Outer Hebrides. This sculpture,
the William MacGillivray Bi-centenary Sculpture Project on North Uist,
is a three dimensional sculpture of a mackerel (once common in the Outer
Hebrides, now less so). Funded by the Scottish Arts Council and
Scottish Natural Heritage, it is five metres long, and constructed
directly on to the rock. The mosaic is composed of: local pebbles (white
marble, black basalt), shells, and sea-worn glass. The sculpture was
constructed to withstand being submerged by high tides.
Essex Skipper Butterfly Sculpture, Colchester       Artwork
commissioned by Colchester Borough Council for the Big Garden, High
Woods Country Park, Colchester, Essex. Made of metal and vitreous
mosaic, the sculpture is approximately two and a half metres high, and
features a locally found butterfly. The structure was made by Thrussell
& Thrussell metal smiths.
Warneford Hospital Sculpture, Oxford       Sculpture
commission for Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Mental Health NHS
Foundation Trust. Funded by Arts Council England and Artscape. Vitreous
glass mosaic applied to six stainless steel waves that undulate down a
gentle slope. The piece was inspired by Walt Whitman’s poem: ‘As I Ebb’d
with the Ocean of Life’.
Highfield Hospital Wall Panel, Oxford       Artwork for the new Highfield Hospital building. One of a series of mosaic panels, inspired by drawings by the residents. Vitreous tesserae and coloured grout.
'Goldfish Pond'       Vitreous and gold leaf tesserae. 107 x 45 cm.
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
      A sculpture I made for a school using stainless steel and french porcelain mosaic.
      A commission for the botanical gardens pavilion in Sheffield.
Knight House Mosaic       This 20m2 mosaic commissioned for a new 13 storey building in Sheffield took me about 6 weeks of long days to make. I loved working with the pastel colours which are an expanded palette of the suffragette colours. Working with Professor Julie Gottlieb from Sheffield University to create the timeline etched in brass and applied to the there dimensional oak inserts was a joy and it was fascinating finding out a bit more about the origins of the women's movement in the UK.
The shapes and layers in the piece are influenced by geological features mainly sedimentary layers representing time and a build up of feeling in the movement.
I hand cut every piece to fit myself to create this unique pattern.
Knight House Mosaic       This 20m2 mosaic commissioned for a new 13 storey building in Sheffield took me about 6 weeks of long days to make. I loved working with the pastel colours which are an expanded palette of the suffragette colours. Working with Professor Julie Gottlieb from Sheffield University to create the timeline etched in brass and applied to the there dimensional oak inserts was a joy and it was fascinating finding out a bit more about the origins of the women's movement in the UK.
The shapes and layers in the piece are influenced by geological features mainly sedimentary layers representing time and a build up of feeling in the movement.
I hand cut every piece to fit myself to create this unique pattern.
      Commissioned by Sheffield NHS Trust for a year long project making mosaics with patients in the spinal injuries department and staff.
Rebuilding life after a major life change can be tricky, slowly your colours come back one by one. 27 triangular boxes were made with patients. I was lead artist working with two other artists Seiko Kinoshita and Jason Thomson.
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
      vitreous glass and crockery
      vitreous glass and stained glass
      wall tiles, crockery, shattered window glass, vitreous glass
      vitreous glass
      vitreous glass, mirror tile, ceramic objects, broken crockery, gold tile
Introspection       Introspection

Become one with nature, a look into the souls of the trees.
The process transformed the face of the original sketch into a self-portrait.

Materials: Tiles and glass mosaics.
Strength       Strength

Inspired by the landscape of my island Bornholm, where forest and sea become one.
Tridimensional picture that symbolizes the strength of nature, or maybe my own ...
This work was just started when I lost my husband unexpectedly. In the original sketch the fisherman was coming to the beach. Turning the image around and letting the fisherman sail on its journey allowed me to be able to continue creating.

Materials: Glass, tiles, recycled ceramics, founded objects. Australian opal from Kelds travels. Mortar, acrylic paint.
Bornholm’s cliffs landscape.       Bornholm’s cliffs landscape.

This works both a picture and a three-dimensional model of my island’s cliff landscape, with emerald colored lakes, ice, cliffs and forests.

It is made in stones form Bornholm, minerals and crystals, ceramics.
Oyster       Oyster

Inspired by the Pacific Ocean. Memories of childhood of marine foam and shells, in which the singing of the sea is heard.

Wall sculpture Made of marble, smalti and glass. Drops in moonstone and touches of Australian opaline.
Winter landscape       Winter landscape

Mirror inspired in the frozen forests, made of recycled porcelain and ceramics, lapis lazuli og Millefiori.
     
     
     
     
     
     
Wild Swans mosaic made from vintage china (photo credit Steve Russell Studios)       Inspired by Hans Christian Anderson’s fairytale “The Wild Swans”. These Wild Swans mosaics come in different colour ways and are crafted from vintage china.
Mosaic Swallows (Photo credit Steve Russell Studios)       Handcrafted swallows in three different sizes, made from from vintage china, each bird unique in pattern and colour.
Blue and gold mosaic swallows (Photo credit Steve Russell Studios)       Unique swallows made from vintage blue and gold china
Facy Swallow Mosaic Mirror       Large mosaic looking glass mirror. Approx 90 cm x 60 cm. Constructed from vintage china including Limoges and Royal Worcester.
Photo credit: Steve Russell Studios
     
     
     
     
     
      Mosaic commissioned by the Friends of Wyvern for the sensory garden at Wyvern Academy, a special education school in Weymouth, Dorset
     
     
     
Strix       Strix is a barn owl who will live under an ornamental pear tree in Wales, after spending a couple months in "Art in the Garden" at Hopetoun Garden Centre, West Lothian, Scotland.

Strix is made of aluminum wire and cement adhesive and is covered in mosaic pieces ranging from shells, to silver spoons to gold smalti.
Queen of the May       Mixed recycled ceramics and vitreous glass on board.
Standing/Sitting       Mosaics based on my life drawings. Recycled ceramic tiles and vitreous glass on concrete backer in a painted steel frame.
Asha, the mosaic tiger       Asha is made of vitreous glass mosaic tiles, with a steel, fibreglass mesh and cement body. She is 1.4 m long and about 65 cm high and is suitable for outdoors. Private commission.
Our Lady Crowned       2m by 1m mosaic in smalti situated in St Catherine Labouré's Catholic Church, Glasgow.
     
Wetterhorn, with Simmental Cattle       86 x 61 cm

Slate, Marble, Ceramic, Glass
Gharial - fish eating crocodile       IUCN status "critically endangered". Only 200 wild pairs left in Asia. Male Gharial has bulbous snout, derived from Indian pot called a "Ghara".

40 x 40 cm

Glass fusion, Marble, Ceramic, Glass
      This little furry gem has a beautiful stripy amber/chocolate tail with back feet that rotate 180 degrees! They are endemic to the tiny island of Cozumel off Mexican coast, critically endangered with only 250 mature individuals known to be in existence.

50 x 26.5 cm
ceramic, glass fusion
      Critically endangered, this beautiful gamebird has a striking blue/white frontal casque and is threatened by land clearance for crops, logging, mining plus oil/gas drilling. The Sira Curassow grows to nearly 1 metre in length and lives in the Amazonas and central Peru.

55 x 43 cm

Stained glass, ceramic, glass fusion

     
     
      Slate, Glass and Smalti on hand made substrate
      Slate, Smalti, Litovi
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
Armistice Poppy       Armistice Poppy - a tribute to all who gave their lives during WW1
      Renewal - Mosaic Tree Stump
      Bird Bath Workshop with Helen Nock
      Night & Day, Garden Egg Sculpture, WIP
      Gaudiesque Guinea Fowl
     
      Made with smalti and shale. 53 cm (21") in diameter
     
      Recycled ceramic and glass
     
     
     
     
     
     
A lady in a pink veilLady with a pink veil mosaic 15cm by 20 cm on marine ply using ceramic and glass tiles, millfori and old jewellery       Lady with a pink veil mosaic 15cm by 20 cm on marine ply using ceramic and glass tiles, millfori and old jewellery. The inspiration for this mosaic came from a Lady on the street I photographed in Rajasthan. It was interesting to uncover how one art form can be transported in another medium deepening the character and presence of a person
Textiles of India. This mosaic was about preserving a precious memory taken from a silk sari gifted to me by my mother       This mosaic was about preserving a precious memory taken from a silk sari gifted to me by my mother
The mosaic is on plywood 20cm x 20 cm using hammer and hardie in Byzantine style using glass smalti
Indian  and continental wedding symbolism on slate. The inspiration for this piece comes from my two cultures and draws on the diversities and commonalitiesassociated with weddings on all continents. Use of bangles, marigold flowers the colour red , yellow and white, rice, shells and walking on a path are conceptualised in this piece which is created on slate       Indian and continental wedding symbolism on slate. The inspiration for this piece comes from my two cultures and draws on the diversities and commonalities associated with weddings on all continents. Use of bangles, marigold flowers the colour red , yellow and white, rice, shells and walking on a path are conceptualised in this piece which is created on slate 30 cm x 30 cm
Sspider Inspired Mosaics      
     
     
     
     
     
     
The Needles, 2019       Famous landmark study in mosaic, 2019-20, 915mm square, worked in patterned china and glass. Created for a solo exhibition, Feb 2020. SOLD
Art Deco Swallows, 2021       A study of Art Deco paintings, tiles and stained glass windows at Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum inspired this mosaic created for a group exhibition at the gallery that has been postponed due to the pandemic. 450mm square.
Yarmouth Harbour Winter Fog, 2021       Created from a photograph of Yarmouth Harbour on a January morning in thick fog, but with a beam of sunlight shining through. 915mm square. Worked mainly in ceramic tiles and china. This mosaic will be shown at my solo exhibition next spring at Quarr Abbey.
Burton Bradstock cliffs, 2020       Created as a commission in 2020, from broken china and glazed ceramic tiles, 1220 x 610mm. Worked from a black and white photograph of a special holiday location dear to the family.
Dog       Alex - a dog in marble. Created on a course in September 2018 with Christian Sicault in France.
Lady       Created in summer 2018 at Helen Miles' course in The Pelion in Greece. Marble.
Red-necked spurfowl       A South African bird. Created in summer 2019 at a Helen Miles workshop in the Pelion, Greece. Marble.
Puma, my cat       Created in 2015, my own design. Puma lies like this in front of the fire. A truly double-jointed cat.
Running Deer       Created in 2014, one of several kits I did supplied by Roman Mosaic Workshops. Thanks Lawrence.
Good Dog Black and White Mosaic Picassiette       A spontaneous 'make' that was inspired by a broken mug and evolved from a stash of china bits 'n' pieces donated by a friend.
     
     
     
daffodils       Inspired by a trip to the Lake district when I saw fields of them. I wandered lonely as a cloud


That floats on high o'er vales and hills,


When all at once I saw a crowd,


A host, of golden daffodils;


Beside the lake, beneath the trees,


Fluttering and dancing in the breeze. ( William Wordsworth)
blackbird in winterland       I particularly like depicting blackbirds in my work. Here's a winter version.
Venice       Venice is where I am from and the most beautiful city in the world (and the city of glass!)
heron       Another beautiful bird, this time one that lives by the sea.
puffin       Meet a friendly puffin. I had to make one as I went to Iceland determined to see one but they eluded me!
      The Butterfly Garden Mosaic, Swinford, County Mayo
      mixed media on plywood
      Glass on glass - grouted and framed in lead.
      On a reversed table top in Mahogany! - re-use and recycle!
broken crockery, glass tiles, beads, millifiori
      All the colours of the rainbow. Picassiette garden table 14"x14"
      Arte et Labore. Picassiette garden table made for a Blackburn Rovers fan, featuring the club motto and the red rose of Lancashire
      Blue tit from glass tiles and vintage china
on 4mm plywood
      Picassiette garden table in shades of pink, made with vintage china and ceramic tiles
      House number plaque featuring spring flowers and a number 19. Made from ceramic and glass tiles and a little bit of vintage crockery.
      Made for a dear friend.Inspired by the area by their home and their relationship.
     
     
Not just another pretty face series       Pop art image of actress Uma Thurman in the movie Pulp Fiction in the role of Mia Wallace. The contemporary stained glass mosaic has been created on an antiquated window frame contrasting the old with the new.
Materials - Stained glass, water resistant adhesive, latex fortified grout, exterior all weather stain.

Dimensions: 920mm x 650mm

Each piece is a one of a kind original.
Not just another pretty face series       Pop art image of Singer/Actress Madonna. The contemporary stained glass mosaic has been created on an antiquated window frame contrasting the old with the new.

Materials - Stained glass, water resistant adhesive, latex fortified grout, exterior all weather stain.

Size: 660mm x 820mm

Each piece is a one of a kind original.
Not just another pretty face series       Pop art image of Singer / Hollywood actress Barbra Streisand. The contemporary stained glass mosaic has been framed in New Zealand native totara wood. This specific image depicts her character Esther Hoffman Howard in the movie "A Star is Born"

Materials - Stained glass, water resistant adhesive, latex fortified grout, exterior all weather paint.

Size - 900mm x 710mm

Each piece is a one of a kind original.
Bad Boyz - Not just another pretty face series       Pop art image of Michael Corleone, Al Pacino's character in the classic movie The Godfather. Commissioned piece. Michael is the 3rd of the Bad Boyz in the series "Not just another pretty face". The contemporary stained glass mosaic has been sculpted on an antiquated and distressed window pane combining the old with the new.

Materials - Stained glass, water resistant adhesive, latex fortified grout, exterior all weather paint.

Size - 910mm x 680mm


Each piece is a one of a kind original.
Bad Boyz - Not just another pretty face series       Pop art image of actor, writer, producer, director Sylvester Stallone, better known as "Sly". Stallone is the fourth of the Bad Boyz in the series "Not just another pretty face". The contemporary stained glass mosaic has been sculpted on an antiquated and distressed window pane combining the old with the new. The emphasis of the colors red, off-white and blue lend itself to the actor's American heritage as he was born in New York's "Hell's Kitchen".

Materials - Stained glass, water resistant adhesive, latex fortified grout, exterior all weather paint.

Size - 910mm x 680mm

Each piece is a one of a kind original.
Butterfly mosaic glass       Mosaic Butterfly in glass tesserae on MDF, copper wire
Calla Lily glass mosaic       Calla Lily mosaic in glass tesserae on marine plywood.
Firescreen glass mosaic       Firescreen mosaic in glass tesserae on plywood
Three Fat Ladies mosaic, glass       Three Fat Ladies mosaic in glass tesserae on plywood.
Splashback mosaic       Bathroom splashback mosaic. Glass tesserae on cement board.
     
     
     
      An Antique stoneware hot water bottle as a base covered with cut ceramics. The head being the top of a salt glazed German flagon .
      A wire armature with a rod going through all pieces of miscellaneous ceramics.
      Using 1930's ceramics.
Wilma van der meyden urban bloom       'Urban Bloom' is a mosaic mural in the public thoroughfare under a historic railway arch at SWG3 in Glasgow. The mosaic is made from Cesi frost proof tiles and sits on a rendered brick wall, framed by sand stone.
The concept and design for Urban Bloom is inspired by:
- a mosaic detail in the ceiling of Glasgow City Chambers, dating back to the late 19th century, the same era as the sandstone arch which frames Urban Bloom.
- Plants that grow defiantly in old stone walls in Glasgow.
- Ornamental ceramic tile art in the communal traditional Glasgow wally closes.
- Tile art in old railway stations.
- Victorian mosaic art on thresholds and shopfronts in Glasgow.(many have sadly been erased from the city)
- Broken up thick yellow and white paint on Glasgow street markings.
- Ruinous sand stone walls in Glasgow.
- Dandelions and thistles.
- The material language of mosaic which inherently transforms the broken...
- Street art in Glasgow.

wilma van der meyden Urban Intervention       'Urban Intervention' is an example of some of the mosaic interventions I do in Glasgow. The bowl motif has often featured in my layered paintings. It has come to reflect the lengthy vacancy of buildings in Glasgow before demolition and also the act of demolition itself. I'm also inspired by the global 'Empty Bowls' grassroots movement in which handmade ceramic bowls become vessels of hope by motivating and mobilising people to share food.
wilma van der meyden between heaven and earth       'Between Heaven and Earth' is a site-specific sculpture made especially for the Constellations 2022 exhibition in Chester Cathedral. The insides of the two nineteenth century, handmade chimney pots from Glasgow are wrapped with mirror mosaics based on the nineteenth century mosaic murals in Chester Cathedral.

To see the mosaics and read the accompanying text please visit my website. https://www.wilmavandermeyden.com/
wilma van der meyden curiosity       The idea for ‘Curiosity’ is inspired by Sir Walter Scott’s cabinet of curiosities in the Library of the Abbotsford House on his estate. ‘Curiosity’ was purposely designed and built as a cabinet to incorporate an earlier artwork from 1995 called ‘Intitled’. This piece is made from a glass blown bottle with scorched, fragments of ostrich egg shells inside.

The shape of the dark frame on the front of the cabinet is inspired by the features of the fireplace in the Entrance Hall of Abbotsford House. The imitation slate of the frame nods towards Scott’s use of Medieval reproductions to create a historic feel on his estate. The choice of mirror for the inside of the cabinet alludes to Scott’s fascination with mirrors and illusions. The circular shapes of the mirror mosaics around the light holes on the inside of the cabinet are ‘reflected’ in the circular shapes of the mixed media mosaic on the outside. The latter includes a range of objects and fragments of materials collected recently from beaches in Scotland as well as objects from my childhood. The cabinet in itself becomes the curiosity.

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
      Framed Redshank Coastal Bird Picture
      Slate and Sea Glass Mosaic Lighthouse
      Puffin and Shells
      Beach Love Mixed Media Heart
      Beach Hut with Bunting
     
     
     
mosaic, Rosehip, per cent for art, Alison Mac Cormaic       This is a sample piece made for my current project. I'm working on a Per Cent for Art project in a local school, making a mosaic based on native Irish trees. 2020
The Lost Palaces of Lixnaw, mosiac, Alison Mac Cormaic       A project for Kerry County Council, Ireland. Built in the 17th century, The Lost Palaces of Lixnaw are now in ruins, this mosaic shows passers by what it may have looked like. 2019

mosaic, weighing scales, shop sign, Alison Mac Cormaic       I really like trying to get shading in with the tesserae.
mosaic, shop sign, Alison Mac Cormaic, Lohan's Pharmacy, Prospect Hill, County Galway       I completed this mosaic for a local pharmacy over 20 years ago, I'm delighted that it's still looking just like it did back in 2000.
 mosaic, stone circle, Alison Mac Cormaic       I'm a bit of purist and usually don't usually mix different mosaic media together, but here bits of gravel were perfect to make the stone circle. Private collection. 2000
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
      Triple clock created for the BAMM 'Constellations' Exhibition at Chester Cathedral.
      Created as part of a trio of wall panels that can be curated as a client wishes.
     
Wood Pigeon Hull Mosaic Project BAMM North       My contribution to the Fly to Freedom mosaic project for Hull with BAMM North
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
      Mirror, glass beads, found objects, sicis, vitreous and cinca tiles
     
     
     
     
Iguana - Mosaic, stone, glass, turquoise on wedi with thinset       "IGUANA" Done in reverse method in a class at Perkins Center for the Arts in Collingswood, NJ with Veronica Karios as my instructor. On WEDI board with Thin-set adhesive. Glass, turquoise, stone
 Rocks, Slate, Thin-set, copper wire, copper BB's, Millefiori       "ROCKY ROAD" This piece was started in a Rachel Davies zoom class, Unlocking the Potential of your Mosaic Materials -Amazing life changing workshop! I used slate as my substrate, local rocks from my neighborhood, copper wire, copper coated BB's and one Millefiori. This was my first piece done with rocks and they were mostly cut with a hammer and hardie. This piece was intended to be for practice only for technique, not design, but I really like the way it turned out. This piece was also inspired by a recent Mosaic Arts online class I took with Rachel Sager called "The earth as your shopping cart". One of my favorite on line classes.
Mini Mosaic Trade Card, GOBOARD, glass, Pique Assiette       "TRY" My first mini trade card and also my first Pique Assiette, kinda did it in a rush, because I could not get into my studio and waited till the last minute to make room to get in there and work, it was harder to do than I anticipated but I guess that is because it was my first one and I had a deadline, only had a few hours to make it and I am wearing a boot for a stress fracture in my foot and it was kinda hard to stand for too long. Oh, also my first time using GOBOARD as a substrate, I liked using goboard, really easy to cut, easier to find and more affordable.
Stained Glass, double reverse, GOBOARD,       zoom class with John Sollinger, Rendering Real before Flippin’ Unglued. This is done in a fluid, double reverse method, working face side up, no glue until you flip it, glue it, flip it back. I used thinset as my glue. I am very happy with it and would highly recommend if you get an opportunity to take a class with John, do it!. This is my first project working with values and it was challenging because I did not have all the correct glass, so had to work with what I had.
rocks, broken bottles, bricks, pottery,  pomegranate, GOBOARD, Map       I volunteered to participate in a project for the Overbrook Environmental Education Center, in Phila. Pa, through the Mosaic Society of Phila in the summer of 2022. I went to the site and collected some rocks, broken bottles, bricks, pottery, etc, to use in my project. I took some pictures and fell in love with the pomegranate orchard they have there, and somehow wanted to incorporate that into my project. After 4 months , 2 surgeries, many nights burning the midnight oil and even pushed to finish it for the deadline by staying up 23 hours with no break. It is an outdoor project, 24" X 24" and we were given artist freedom, it just had to be outdoor ready and have a theme about the Overbrook Center, I chose to do a zip code map of the area, I found the original map on their website and when I ran some ideas by the Executive director, he really liked the map idea. So, here it is, my embellished version, ( I added a fish, jumping out of the river, , a deer and trees in the park, I changed the pointer/locator for the center from a red marker to one of their water droplets logos, A POMEGRANATE ORCHARD!!!, the city skyline, which you can see from standing a few blocks from their site on Lancaster ave, I took a picture and used that as my pattern, I was running out of time but really wanted that skyline, so I had to kinda rush it and not put in the detail I wanted, but at least I got it in, and lastly, I added a flower garden, which is representational of their garden, with the same flowers but as a bonus, that is where I added the trash I found on their site, , including, stone from an old quarry that many years ago, once operated on the same grounds , broken bottles, broken brick, pottery, etc.
"Four Seasons"       "Four Seasons"

2021

5 m x 1 m
"Pixels BC"       "Pixels BC"

2020

88 cm x 84 cm
"Solar System Vol. I"       "Solar System Vol. I"

2020

120 cm x 60 cm
"Fibonacci"       "Fibonacci"

2019

140 cm x 60 cm
"St. Donato"       "St. Donato"

2018

52 cm x 52 cm
      Truncated #4, 2020
      Truncated #5, 2020
     
     
     
     
     
     
      Medicine Shield
Mixed Medium Mosaic
Diameter 61cm
Artist: Emma Frankish Law
Mosaic Malarky

      Tree of Life
Glass, Embellishments
3ft x 4ft
Artist: Emma Frankish Law
Mosaic Malarky
      Yu
Glass, Mother of Pearl, embellishment
60cm x 78cm
Artist: Emma Frankish Law
Mosaic Malarky
      Glass, Mother of Pearl, Embellishment
60cm x 78cm
Artist: Emma Frankish Law
Mosaic Malarky
      2 rescue Bully mixes
      stained glass and crockery
      stained glass and crockery
     
     
      Layers of Wedi board, piastrina, smalti and gold smalti
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
Marble mosaic fountain       This fountain is a reinterpretation of the main relief that used to hang above the temple of Sulis Minerva in Bath. It consists of marble and gold mirror tiles.
Marble table top       The brief for this project was a marble octopus with a marble/mirrored gold decorative rim that would function as a table top for the customer's garden table during the summer months, and that could be taken in and used as a wall decoration in the winter. I designed a sturdy platform with a rubber bottom layer. The piece is heavy enough to allow for a person to lean on the table while sitting, and the rubber prevents any sliding on the original table. This way we did not need to fasten it in any way. The entire piece can be picked up easily and carried inside.
The octopus was inspired by the Pompeii octopus and modernised.
      This is a portrait of the musician Ren (@renmakesmusic) whose music about his own chronic illness and mental health struggles have helped a great number of listeners who suffer themselves. The source for this mosaic is his music video for the song Sick Boi.
      This marble mosaic of a logo with olive branches was a commission by Basil Leaf Deli in Winchester.
      Italian and mexican smalti, glass dots.
Space Merkin, Helen Bodycomb,marble, fake fur & cardboard, 2019       Space Merkin is a whimsical piece made from tesserae and is in turn a tessera, from the installation 'The Material and The Immaterial'. I made it whilst doing my PhD and it is a personal favourite. It now hangs as my personal avatar above my side of the bed, alongside my husband's inflatable moose, which hangs above his side.
World Within, World Without, Helen Bodycomb, Venetian glass smalti, grante & slate, 2010       World Within, World Without was commissioned by The Victorian State Government in 2010, as a memorial to 'The Forgotten Australians'. It is now within the collection of the City of Melbourne, in a prominent riverside location at a park called Birrarung Marr in inner Melbourne. 'The Forgotten Australians' is the name given to children who were raised in state care, and there were more than 100,000 of them in Victoria alone. Some were Aboriginal children who were forcibly removed from their families under the assimilation policy, others were orphaned or abandoned, some were sent to Australia from the UK and other European countries following WWII. Many were abused, most were neglected by their 'carers' and the state. World Within, World Without uses 1,000 inlaid wattle (Australian flower) blossoms in an arrangement mirroring the stellar and planetary constellation above the state of Victoria at the very moment of Prime Minister Kevin Rudd's National Apology to The Forgotten Australians at 11 am on 16 November, 2009.
Nest, Helen Bodycomb, slate, Ventian glass smalti & marble, 2013       This is still one of my personal favourites. I quarried the slate from a hole in the ground close to my house in central Victoria, and split it down to paper thin slices. I laid these slices on edge to describe the impossibly fragile twiggy threads of this little wren's nest I found in my garden.
Now the work is in the collection of my solicitor in Melbourne, a gift after he sorted out some problems for me ;)
Synergy, Helen Bodycomb, Christine Baines, Rhonda McGuiness, Ruth Maclaren, Louise Marson, Christine Nixon, Amanda Tattam and Judith Watson., mixed media, 2021       Pandemic life has many unpredictable twists and turns. It’s hard to imagine, but sometimes being forced to be separated makes people even more determined to do things together. This was the case in April 2020 when a group of Victorians mosaic artists decided they wouldn’t let COVID stop them from making mosaics and then working together towards an exhibition. Many had been to Italy together with Helen Bodycomb to study mosaic art in 2017 and 2019 so already felt a special bond. Synergy resulted from this process, an installation of 450 individual vignettes expressing the experience of being alone, together.
Pandemic Relic, Helen Bodycomb, bronze, 2020, collection of the artist       Pandemic Relic is designed to be found ... later ... much later.
     
     
     
      My first mosaic works
      The tile I did at LSoM
      My own design
      One of my frame designs
      A pic taken at my stall
      This 8x8 inch piece was created as a result of the Prompt from a Pro - Helen Miles that I came across in 2020, before I joined BAMM. The challenge was to create a virus and in doing so, realise beauty in the form. The 'round' virus section was made first, using on china on mesh. I then mounted my virus onto plywood and set about making the background and into a work for the Connecting Project - hence the specifically located black line mid point on each side of the piece. 2020 was indeed a 'blue' time for all of us, missing friends and relatives and doing our best to remain positive and creative. Thanks to the Prompt and the Connecting Project ... these really helped me get creative and move through a difficult time.
      This is an 8x8 inch work in which I challenged myself to use 'one thing'. In this instance a small chipped vase that I had in my stash. Yes, I used every piece that I broke or cut. Some pieces, like the 'wall' on which the vase has broken, were used the wrong way up - showing the inside of the vase, not the patterned side. The pieces are embedded onto Wediboard, using tinted mortar (thinset).
      Thanks to a wonderful online workshop, given by USA artist Kelly Knickerbocker, I have begun my journey into the world of glass. Stacked glass to be precise! This piece is about 10 inches square and used scrap pieces of stained glass that were given to me. Sadly, not an original design (Kelly's guiding hand is very evident) ... but definitely a technique that was both exploratory and fun for me at the time.
      A piece inspired by the teaching of Lawrence Payne. The tesserae are very small, Cinca and lightweight, so glued directly only a round artist canvas. All very experimental, but it worked. Such a lot to learn about Roman mosaic techniques and rule, but am enjoying immersing myself in the history of it all.
      The is an eggshell mosaic, 8x8 inches. The process began with a photograph, then a drawing onto board. Then I rough painted the picture in acrylic and the prepared eggshells at the same time, so that the colours were true. The process of gluing the eggshell to the painted picture really challenged my patience, but the effort was worth it. The whole piece is sealed with a spray on gloss sealer before being mounted in the frame.
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
      Magik<br />
A piece that was suggested in the residual cement on the old slate roof tile.
      Horse Sculpture in mixed media mosaic donated to Rachel Sager's Ruins Project, a disused coal mine in Pennsylvania USA.
     
     
Marilyn      
Fashion      
flowers      
Angel      
love      
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
Scottish thistle       A piece created for my Scottish friend with a lot of love
Flowers       Inspired by the close up flower paintings of Georgia O’Keefe, celebrating the colour and lure of the flower
Saxon london       The idea for this was that it could have been dug up in an archialogical dig somewhere in London where Saxon remains are hidden
Goodbye Old Life       Made in 2020 at the onset of the pandemic this piece speaks to the sense of loss of the life we knew whilst maintaining some hope of a return. Smalti.
     
     
Bos Taurus a mosaic long horn steer skull       32.5”x 26.5”x19.25”: Longhorn Steer Skull, Mirror Glass, Ceramic Tiles, Czech Glass Beads, Glass Cabochons, Agate Slices, Leather, Stampings/Findings, Wax Paste, Paint
Argalia mosaic bighorn sheep skull       12.5 x 24 x 7.5: Bighorn Sheep Skull, Green Copper Mohave Turquoise Cabochons, Art Glass, Czech Glass Beads and Buttons, Rhinestone Chain, Wax Paste, Paint
Falco       Resin Mannequin, Metal Base, Ceramic and Metal Tiles, Glass Tiles, Millefiori Glass Cabochons, Steampunk Jewelry, Rhinestone Cup Chain, Leather Sleeve Garter, Czech Glass Buttons, Glass Butterflies, Feathers, Paper Cocoons, Sea Glass Beads, Wire Headdress Frame, Paint
Panthera       Fiberglass Mannequin, Glass Base, Metallic Ceramic Tiles, Glass and Metal Tiles, Glass Chips, Bugle & Pyramid Beads, Millefiori, Pendants, Brooch, Czech Glass Buttons, Rhinestone Cup Chain, Silver Wire Beads, Metal Findings, Colored Wire, Cream Wax, Leopard-Resin Electroplated Silver
     
      Part of Katrina Series ... the hurricane the hit New Orleans LA, USA in 2005
      Part of Katrina Series ... the hurricane the hit New Orleans LA, USA in 2005
      Quilt pattern adapted as a mosaic for a projects relating to the use of quilt patterns during the Underground Railroad.
      Created for an immigration themed exhibit
     
     
      Vitreous glass
      Glass on slate
      Vitreous glass on wood
      Vitreous glass on wooden bowl
      Glass on cement
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
Mulranny beach shelter mosaic       This beach shelter was always littered and an ugly mess. Since the mosaic went up, it is now used and enjoyed by beach visitors with respect.

Encaustic and shell mosaic       Gifts of the Sea is just that - bits and peaches washed up on the beach and applied to a substrate with cement adhesive and wax.
Elephant Ear Leaf  glass mosaic       The substrate for this mosaic was caste from a leaf in my garden. Here my friend Laura poses with the mosaic and the plant inspiring it. Made with mottled Youghiougheny glass.
gog mosaic, rooster art       This glass-on-glass mosaic was made on a repurposed wood window. I patterned the rooster after Corny, the Kellogg Corn Flakes mascot. Italian millefiori add some dazzle to the sun rays.
klimt       Based on Klimt's now destroyed Medicine mural in Vienna. Framed stained glass mosaic.
mad magazine Alfred E Neuman       Based on the 1904 illustration inspiring Mad Magazine's character Alfred E. Neuman. I enjoyed thinking of simpler times while making this piece. Most everyone seeing The Optimist in progess couldn't suppress a big smile! Stained glass mosaic on handmade substrate.
roman mosaic       Having to travel frequently for my husband's medical treatments, I found using small vitreous tiles and a classic pattern made for a hotel-room-friendly project. I like how the bright colors transform the ancient Solomon's Knot motif.
     
     
     
     
CLOSE-UP OF MOSAIC FENCE POSTS       After new fence posts were erected in my garden I decided to brighten the boring grey concrete with mosaics.

I created brightly coloured flowers using vitreous glass, millefiori and offcuts of stained glass, and incorporated all the wildlife that visit my garden. In amongst the flowers are butterflies, ladybirds, snails, flies, bees, a (very hungry) caterpillar, beetle, dragonfly, mouse, hedgehog, a frog and toad!

To date I have decorated six posts.
BFG       Taking a child's favourite drawing of the Big Friendly Giant, I reproduced the whimsical character of Roald Dahl's 'The BFG', brought to life by illustrator Quentin Blake.

Vitreous glass on MDF frame.
DUCK       Stained glass, vitreous glass and iridescent tiles on wooden form.
MOSAIC GUITAR       With a nod to the 60's, love and flower power, this acoustic guitar is covered in flowers and hearts with a daisy chain running down the neck.
DOOR PLAQUE       Bespoke door plaque.
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
A glass on mirror mosaic of Tree of Life       A glass on mirror mosaic. Made from hand cut iridescent and clear glass with fused glass accents.
A circular mosaic in black with a labyrinth design       A mosaic created from slate, sea coal and unglazed black ceramic. The Labyrinth is made from clear, coloured glass with a poem running underneath.
Abstract Glass Mosaic       Part of a series entitled Sanctuary. Created from clear glass, fused glass, semi precious stones and shells. Inspired by the need in us all for a safe space.
Ercall Hill in Wellington, Shropshire in glass mosaic       Inspired by the layers of history of this ancient hill, including the forest on the top of it. Created in glass over hand painted designs.
A mosaic showing folds in the rock       Quarrying on the Ercall Hill exposed the fascinating history of the land; revealing rocks from the earliest beginnings of life on this planet. This mosaic is inspired by the layers of folded rocks exposed.
close up of mosaic wall art before grouting       Close-up of a commission piece for a bathroom. The spec was to have a piece to bring together all the varied colours throughout the bathroom, plus lots of txeture!
mosaic wall art in brown, gold, and copper colours       One of my favourite pieces to date, this was a free-flowing piece that developed each time I laid a tile. I loved incorporating the wire, curves and metallics...
mosaic close up of a large restaurant sign showing a hazelnut, leaves and name       This sign was for a local restaurant in France. Sized at 1m diameter, it was large and great fun to make. It is circular in shape but with cut-out shapes around the leaves to add interest. I used a mixture of unglazed, high-fired ceramic and glass tile to create a contrast between the nut and the background. You can see more here: https://www.berrycreatifmosaics.com/recent-mosaic-art-projects/restaurant-sign-installation/
mosaic garden sculpture, organic in shape surrounded by summer flowers and lavender       An organic-shaped mosaic sculpture made for a 'big' birthday celebration. Made using a foam core, coated and tiled, this has been made using correct methods and to be long-lasting. A simple design to reflect the garden's flowers worked very well and almost blends into it's surroundings. Read more here: https://www.berrycreatifmosaics.com/recent-mosaic-art-projects/mosaic-garden-scuplture/
mosaic art showing lots ofshaped white tiles, turquoise and gold       Size 1m x 0.5m, this larger piece of wall art was commissioned to hang in a newly decorated master bedroom. I was given a mood board of colours, designs and textures and the freedom to go with the flow. The wall colours were a vibrant mustard yellow, so the mainly white artwork sat perfectly against this colour.
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
      Community Heritage Fund Project. One of 7 mosaics, this one made by the children by St Michels Primary School Newport.
      Inspired by the Peri-Meno-Pause
      Inspired by the Peri-Meno-Pause

Stained glass in resin, lotus leaves, lead, grout and shells
      A community arts and wellbeing project that helps to support women and girls in reclaiming positive attitudes towards public spaces.
      Organic sunflowers growing in a field of white flowers in the natural reserve of Lindre Basse, Moselle, Lorraine, France. Made with broken yellow glass plates, green mugs and millefiori with glass rods.
     
Building Arts Programme / Sculpture House Collective - Paisley      
Building Arts Programme / Sculpture House Collective - Paisley      
Queen's Park Mural - Glasgow      
Shawlands Porch      
Shawlands Porch      
     
Pretty Green Paisley Mosaic       A mosaic of Pretty Green's 10th Anniversary Paisley design.

The grout is coloured to match the tiles.

27"×27"
Joy Division - Unknown Pleasures mosaic       Joy Division - Unknown Pleasures mosaic.

Using ceramic gloss tiles.

The grout has been coloured to match the tiles to give it that smooth finish.

20"×20"
Fleetwood Mac Rumours mosaic       Fleetwood Mac- Rumours album cover.

Using ceramic gloss tiles.

The grout has been coloured to match the tiles to give it that smooth finish

22"×22"
The Girl with the Pearl Earring mosaic       The Girl with the Pearl Earring.

Using ceramic gloss tiles.

The grout has been coloured to match the tiles to give it that smooth finish.

20"×20"
Nirvana, Nevermind Mosaic       Using ceramic gloss tiles.

The grout has been coloured to match the tiles to give it that smooth finish.

20"×20"
     
     
     
     
      British bulldog made up of broken crockery pieces, made to celebrate the Queens Jubilee. (SOLD)
      Stained glass mosaic on wooden backer board, inspired by my love of rainforest animals.
      A mini ceramic mosaic duo, in pastel colours depicting 2 abstract figures dancing. (SOLD)
      Framed mixed media mosaic, using natural slate/stones, and glass for contrast in colour and texture.
      A stained glass mosaic on wooden backer board. Inspired by "Waiting for Fish" sculpture in Porth Leven by artist Holly Bendall.

created in blue tones to represent the coast line.
Garden sphere, aqua, sculpture       Garden sculpture created with glass and pebble tiles in the colour aqua and brown.
Large vase, mosaic vase, green and blue       Large 70cm vase covered in green and blue pebbles with white glass tiles.
Wall art , aqua       Lovely tile with different tiles in aqua and neutrals. Ready to be framed as wall art.
Elephant, mosaic       Fibre glass elephant with mosaic blanket. Glass tiles and mirror tiles create a magic blanket.
Mosaic shops       Come and join workshops in my shop that is filled with inspiration for your own artwork.
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
Side table with bees       glass
Image Cats On The Roof Amsterdam       glass and smalti
Little Disco Miffy       cd's
Statue Rainbow Cow       Ceramics and glass
Amsterdam Weapon       Glass
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
      I want to take mosaic making into a more contemporary and graphic space, These expressive gestures are createddigitally and executed into an object of noble permanence using ancient techniques borrowed from art history.
      I want to take mosaic making into a more contemporary and graphic space, These expressive gestures are createddigitally and executed into an object of noble permanence using ancient techniques borrowed from art history.
      This piece shows a sort of female utopia, she is at the peak of comfort and relaxation and bliss, however that is never long-lasting as eyes are surrounding her and watching her and judging her. I was influenced by Miatiie's cut outs and Picasso's blue period.
      I want to take mosaic making into a more contemporary and graphic space, These expressive gestures are createddigitally and executed into an object of noble permanence using ancient techniques borrowed from art history. This piece is com prised of 4 elements which can be rearranged to suit the space or the owners' creative interpretation.
      I want to take mosaic making into a more contemporary and graphic space, These expressive gestures are createddigitally and executed into an object of noble permanence using ancient techniques borrowed from art history.
     
     
     
     
     
      10 x 8 x 1 inches
Stained glass on glass
Fires can be destructive when they burn the crowns.
Made during my 2023 residency at Olive Stack's Gallery of Fine Art in Listowel, Ireland
      ~9 X 9 X 1 inches

Stained glass on glass

Some plants depend on periodic fires to maintain their population numbers. This is a closeup of the flowers in one of my early mosaics, Radiance.

Made during my 2023 residency at Olive Stack's Gallery of Fine Art in Listowel, Ireland
      8 X 10 X 1 inches

Stained glass on glass. Black and yellow tess are layered.

Periodic ground fires reduce overcrowding and recycle nutrients, thereby rejuvenating the fire-resistant landscape.

Made during my 2023 residency at Olive Stack's Gallery of Fine Art in Listowel, Ireland
      20 x 16 x 1 inches
stained glass on stained glass
It used to snow.

      16 x 20 x 1 inches

Stained glass on stained glass substrate

Double reverse method

Belongs to Zeugma Mosaic Museum, Gaziantep, Turkey
     
     
     
     
     
Elephant Glassart Mosaic Panel       A fun exploration into psychedelic colouring on an elephant using Pate de Verre Glass tiles for the main subject and plate glass for the background.
Size 73x66cm
Medusa Glassart Mosaic Panel       A specialty of mine is the Greek Myth Series of which Medusa is the 3rd. It was created in 2023 and for each one I accompany 10 partial progress shots with elements of the myth story in the caption text on both instagram and facebook. These are a lot of fun to create and are very popular, especially on instagram, for people to follow both the creation process and development of the story.
Size: 100x80 cm
Whitney Houston Glassart Mosaic Panel       Another specialty is the series of Film and Stage icon portraits of which Whitney is one. Others include Tine Turner, Prince, Cillian Murphy and David Attenborough.
It was the difficulty of displaying emotions in a hard medium like glass that directed me towards mosaic portraiture.

Size: 65x50cm
"Merlin" Horse Glassart Mosaic Panel       I started the "Portrasaic" brand in order to concentrate on Animal, Pet and Human portraiture. Merlin was one of the earlier Animal/pet portraits and was created after a series of pet dog portraits.

Size: 60x40cm
Rainforest Glassart Mosaic Panel Triptych       Although not strictly following the remit of portraiture work I was commissioned to create a triptych depicting the rainforest to be positioned in a stairwell.
This was a large piece made entirely from stained glass plate.

Total Size for all 3 panels: 138 x 122 cm
     
A detail from my hedgerow series using my hand painted tiles      
Ikebana       Recycled steel, slate, limestone and smalti
     
     
     
     
Andrea_b_design’s Nefertiti life size bust with porcelain, mirror, beads, iridescent and Italian glass       Nefertiti. Life size bust made with Mirror, tile, glass, beads, porcelain.
Red heart , mirror, acrylic, tempered glass and coral       Large Red heart , mirror, acrylic, tempered glass and coral
Madam X, glass, foils, inks, porcelain. Life size bust       Madam X, glass, foils, inks, porcelain. Life size bust
Peixe mirror inks iridescent foils and iridescent glass in white float frame       Peixe mirror inks iridescent foils and iridescent glass in white float frame
No title . Glass inks iridescent glass and 24k gold Smalti on slate       No title . Glass inks iridescent glass and 24k gold Smalti on slate
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
Whale portrait in mosaic       A mosaic of a humpback whale. Made with ceramic, slate, smalti.
      Portrait in mosaic using smalti ,stained glass, rocks, shells.
Sheep portrait in slate with smalti       Mosaic portrait of a sheep
Mosaic portrait of a hare       Mosaic marble / stone portrait of a hate with a daisy with bright blue background
Bird mosaic       Mosaic portrait of a goldfinch with white spring blossom with pale green background. Made with smalti and shells.
     

Events

Wildlife mosaic exhibition - abelmosaics
01/05/2021 to 09/05/2021