My First Exhibition

Back in June I came across a letter from the Emeryville Celebration of the Arts looking for a space to host their 29th annual exhibition. While I couldn’t provide that, I did look them up to see if they were still taking submissions. To my luck, they were! But submissions were due in four days and I…

Updating An Antique Mirror

I have always found family heirlooms and antiques fascinating because they’re a window into how things used to be made. Solid wood, hand carvings, one of a kind craftsmanship; it’s not quite what most of us have at home these days. My friend Lacy gave me this mirror as part of a vanity set that belonged to her…

Mosaic Wedding Present

Earlier this month two dear friends celebrated their first wedding anniversary. They’ve been together since high school and got married on their sixteenth anniversary in a lovely ceremony at their home. They’re both artists who asked for no gifts, but I wanted to make them something. They had just redone all their landscaping so I decided on a mosaic…

Labor of Love

This year I had the challenge of coming up with the perfect Valentine’s day gift. I wondered what would be both practical and pretty, sentimental but not sappy, handmade and better than a construction paper heart. Then I had it: I would make a mosaic bedside table! I looked for an entire month to find a table with a suitable top, then…

For A Wood Thrush

Making mosaics is always meditative for me. I spend hours determining exactly where each square goes, trying to balance the colors and textures. It’s a puzzle where all the pieces fit and there are hundreds of solutions, but always only one that I want. In late 2011 I made a headboard for my new bed. After cutting the  board to the right…