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Friday, Aug 03, 2012 Mosaic Project – Part 4

When I think of mosaic, I always picture a flat surface covered with broken tiles. As a result, on the first day that Lisbeth began work on the front of our studio, I was surprised to see that she’d brought three large items to cement to the ledge. I hadn’t thought of the project as being so three-dimensional. By far, the largest piece was the terracotta urn, which she installed on the left side of the ledge. She intended to put a plant in it, which I thought was a wonderful idea, but I didn’t know at the time that the urn would also get the mosaic treatment along with everything else.

I love the look of plain terracotta, but Lisbeth changed my mind about the urn when she began to cover the rim with azure blue tiles and the sides with jagged pieces of a marbled black tile. Fun extras include iridescent glass squares and tiny pieces of mirror that cause bright spots of reflected light to dance over the studio shades as the sun moves across the sky during the day. She placed the second glass flower at the base of the urn, creating a symmetry with the flower at the base of the black rock on the right side of the ledge.

Now that the black rock, birdbath, and urn have all been decorated with Lisbeth’s signature touch, people in the neighborhood are beginning to take notice. Businesses along the West End of Devonshire have started talking about ways that they can beautify their own storefronts. We may be at the beginning of an artistic revolution in Chatsworth!

Continue to Part 5.


posted by Kirsten K.