How Time Flies
I am painfully aware of how very long itâ€™s been since my last post. Itâ€™s not that Iâ€™ve been idle. In truth, part of the reason is frustration with my inability to â€śdialogueâ€ť with those who comment. Iâ€™ve added Intense Debate, hoped Word Press would add the notification feature that they have on their .org sites to their .com sites but alas as yet, if you comment on a post, you will not be notified when I reply to your comment â€“ and I always reply. Yes, whining is a poor way to reward you for your visit, but if you have any recommendations as to how I can notify people when their comment has received a reply, I will be eternally grateful.
So, what have I been up to? I have finished another table top. This one based on images and memories from hikes in California.
It has a somewhat softer feel than my previous work and I now wish that I had considered a lighter coloured grout to enhance that softness. That, however, will have to wait for another one â€“ and there will be more.
Yesterday we picked up the table bases that I had commissioned to hold my mosaic table tops. They were forged and hand shaped locally to my specifications.
There are two sizes; 15â€ł as well as 18â€ł and I expect Iâ€™ll be adding larger ones soon. We went through a number of iterations trying to design a table base that would compliment rather than compete with the mosaic as well as work in a number of settings and with existing furniture. These have still to be painted, but Iâ€™m pleased with the simple clean design. I really have my work cut out for me now, and as soon as I complete the lamp Iâ€™m currently working on, I will start another tide pool inspired table top.
Another recent activity has been continuing education. Everything I know about making mosaics Iâ€™ve learned through books, and once the Grotto water feature (see previous post) had water flowing through it, I started second guessing myself.
It would be heartbreaking to discover that something I had done or neglected to do might put the longevity of the fountain at risk. So when I discovered that the Institute of Mosaic Art (IMA) in Oakland was offering a two day class in exterior and garden applications, I signed up. I am ecstatic to report that my books didnâ€™t fail me and that the fountain should survive for a very long time.
The images above are of the stepping stone I created during the class. It was created with high-fired ceramic tile on a cement paver. I love the intense colour of the ceramic but cutting the stuff was literally a pain. If our instructor Delaine Hackney had not offered the use of a pair of good double-geared nippers I would never have completed the project on time. We had approximately four hours to complete our projects so that they would be ready to grout the following day. Somehow I managed and only exceeded the allotted time by about 10 minutes.
Iâ€™m so happy that I took class, not only because it allayed my fears but it was great to be able to ask specific questions, to have questions answered that I didnâ€™t even know I had and to meet and spend time with other mosaic artists. I enjoyed it so much in fact, that next month Iâ€™ll be attending a three day mosaic intensive at the IMA instructed by Sonia King; an artist whose work I greatly admire and the author of one of those books that didnâ€™t steer me wrong. I look forward to reporting back.
Update â€“ Since I posted this Jim from True West Media located a plugin that gives you the option of checking a box in the comment section if you want to be informed when a reply to your comment is published. It looks like it might be working. Thanks Jim!