Friday, August 28, 2009


Here is my 3rd piece for the Van Singel exhibit in Grand Rapids, MI starting Sept 2009. It is 3' x 4', with the base carved from styrofoam and the tesserae made from busted wine and beer bottles.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Van Singel show in Grand Rapids

Here are two of three pieces I am creating for the MAM Van Singel show. The opening reception will take place on September 13th, 2009 with many of the artists there.

The first piece is called "WildThing" and the other piece is called "Breaking thru the glass"

Friday, July 31, 2009

This was one of two windows that I just dropped off for a fundraiser for MORC called “Windows of Opportunity”. The event will take place at the MORC Clinton Township grounds on Saturday, Sept 12 from 10 am to 3 pm. A preview reception will be held Friday, Sept 11 from 6 to 8 pm on the grounds as well.
The windows came from houses that were tore down so it was kind of cool and kind of sad at the same time. I have no idea where either of mine came from.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Mosaic shoes for up and coming MAM show

The Blue one is for the Holland mosaic shoe show in August.

Blue Ice________________________ The pain of heels (Green Goddess)

Monday, June 1, 2009

The Stadium Drive mosaic planter box is almost done!! The kids worked so hard on this project and they all stuck with it til the very end.

Side One Emma and Taylor Side Two - Claudia and Fee Side Three - Duncan and Hannah

The Back - the kids each made their own business cards

Fee mixing the grout____Waiting for grout to dry________All done grouting!!

A special thanks to the parents who brought the kids over, sometimes with just a few days notice and for coming over to help out with the project.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

SD mosaic project

The 3 sides before grouting.

SD mosaic project

The kids came over on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday during easter break to work on the box and were able to accomplish alot!!

Claudia nips some more glass for the group. She needs to have her mask on though!

SD mosaic project

The kids were each given a piece of mesh with the Stadium Star pattern underneath. They used a small amount of Weldbond and glued on their glass color selections.

I had taken a picture of each of the kids, had them approve them and then used mod podge to coat the pics and glue them under the 1 1/2" dia. clear glass nuggets. Then I attached two star pieces along with part of the dragon to each of three sides.

SD mosaic project

I had called the Home Depot in Lake Orion to ask if they would consider donating some of the supplies that we needed and the manager was more than happy to help so I went there on Saturday. When I arrived, the manager handed me off to one of the employees, Dave Wilkie, who he said was a carpenter. Dave took me around the store to find the wood and I told him that I was looking for mdf to make a box of 1/2" x 15" x 18". He took those measurements and cut the wood to size. He did such a great job cutting that when I assembled it at home I had no problems at all!! He also got me come corner molding for the trim and the paint and caulk to seal the inside of the box.

The school has a tree which is already in a planter that they are interested in putting inside the box. I wanted to make sure that if they overwatered the tree or something that the box wouldn't fall apart so I am sealing the inside of the box with a waterproof sealer and caulking the inside corners. The moulding will make the edges of the box safer in case the kids bump into it.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

SD 5th grade project

5th grade Stadium Drive Project

I am working with the 5th grade students to create a mosaic planter box. I asked the entire class at my daughters school and was only able to get 9 kids out of about 86 to sign up! We have met for 3 sessions so far and the number has dwindled down to 6 but they are very hard working kids.

So far they have participated in the design of the box, were taught how to cut glass (with gloves and safety goggles on) and have been working on small pieces of mesh to work on their individual areas. The school has a 9 pointed star as the symbol so each child is mosaicing their own star and I plan to place their picture in the middle. The junior high mascot is a dragon so the bottom of the box will have a dragon covering 3 sides.

I went to Home Depot today to ask them if they could help us out by donating some of the supplies. They were so generous and donated the wood, which they cut to the size I needed, and some corner molding to trim the outside of the box with. I also got some latex paint and silicone caulk to seal the inside of the box with.

I will seal the wood and assemble the box and then when the kids come over during spring break we will get as much done as possible. Soccer and baseball and whatever else will be starting soon and then it will be really hard to organize more meetings.
Here is the logo for the MAM group. We had a contest among the members and voted on one to use. Mine was chosen and it was such an honor for me!!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Mosaic shoe show

We had a very cool 1st of its kind Mosaic shoe show at U of M in Ann Arbor. The last show for 2008 but more to come for 2009. Here is one of my entries, it used to be one of my daughters boots. I also did an ice skate and a beaded shoe.