Finished in 2019.
Concrete cinder block on three walls.
Materials and Application
I used broken dishes including cups, plates, and bowls as well as glass gems, whole plates, platters, and a number of handmade tiles from a potter who was getting rid of old stuff. I smashed things with a hammer, then used my stained glass tools to cut and break pieces to fit more precisely.
The design changed as I went. I drew on the concrete to give myself guidelines. I continually adjusted depending on what materials I had left.
Using Thinset I attached each mosaic piece to the concrete either by applying large swaths of it first then adding the individual pieces, or by applying it to the back of the individual pieces and sticking them on the wall.
Grouting took an incredible amount of time. The mosaic materials I used were not flat and each piece had to be attended to before the grout set.
I’m very pleased with how it turned out. The colors and details are beautiful. It lightened up the space, adds interest and an artistic flare to the house. And, I learned a ton about working with my materials.
The nuance is in the details. Each hand placed element is what makes this project fascinating and specially unique.
Video of the Finished Installation
Here is the video I took of the finished work. It’s hard to get a good overall photograph because of the space. I’m very happy with how it turned out.