Thursday, January 29, 2009

Mosaic in Clay





"Five Maids a Laying"


From scarf pin to wall art, one technique leading to another, between changing and feeding my daughter, the desire to paint and making something big enough to hang on the wall, combination of mosaic and quilting, and everything else in between, I came up with this, what-should-we-call-it, Mosaic in Clay.

This piece is 6"x12" in dimension, the small square mosaic pieces are 1 cm. x1 cm. Some pieces were made with canes that I made and some with canes made with my friends. Look closely for the details.

I wish I had more canes but it is not the thing I like to make. Each mosaic was formed by my fingers. Most of them are different but there are a few "look alike". It's perfect for me who "get bored easily and hate repetition, and can't sit still very long". I can work on one color at a time, get it done and start on another color the next day.


I start out by making a small piece, 6"x6", baked and mounted on the board. Here's the pictures of the first 2 pieces.
















After baking, I found out that the colors got darker and all the details in each piece made it looks "too busy". So I decided to try a bigger piece which I ran in to a small (or big) problem of baking it. My clay oven is too small, I have to sneak it in the "real" oven.


I can make each pieces, bake them and glue them together, like a real mosaic", but the way that the pieces fit together gave out the result that none other material can do. I can also burnish them together and it will look more like painting (go back and see the pin from the last post).

Again, this is just the beginning of some thing big and fun that I will be making. Hope you come back and visit more often.
Hugs

P.S. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK.............



Most of the flower canes I used were made by Keila Hernandez, some are from C.A. Therien and some from Scott Mizevitz. The bull-eye and geometric canes are mine.
Before I start, I made up a bunch of little pieces 1 cm x1 cm. with different colors, many from scrap clay, skinner blend sheet, slides from Mokume gane, and many I make at the spor to make sure get the piece with color that I want.


Here is the piece with random color which is more fun and easier to make.

If you have some canes left over or canes ends that you don't ues, you can send them to me. It would make the piece more interesting details.






P.S. I will offer the "Mosaic In Clay" for sale at my ETSY store (Silastones) as soon as I think they are good enough for sale. So far I only finished 3 pieces and not totally happy about them. Different designs are in the process. Thank you

16 comments:

Chel said...

HOLY SMOKES! This is one of the most beautiful things I have seen in a long time. I am so inspired!! Thank you so much for sharing!!

Anonymous said...

wow! it's fantastic!

K. Hernandez said...

I LOVE THESE! I too have been toying with the idea of doing some larger, non jewelry pieces. Now I can't wait to get started! Absolutely Beautiful! (And I saw some of my canes!)
Keila

Anonymous said...

Oh my Gosh! That is so beautiful! I could only wish to make anything like that out of clay! Hope Ada is doing well. I pray for you every day and I read Ada's blog every day, hoping for new posts. I know you don't know me, but my family has been very touched by your situation. God Bless You, Ponsawan.
Donna

Anonymous said...

Holy Moley...and wow!
These mosaic pieces are beautiful!
Like the Donna of the previous comment, I hope Ada is doing better each day!
Mary

Mary Tempesta said...

Holy Moley and...wow!
These mosaic pieces are beautiful. Like Donna of the previous comment, I hope Ada is doing better each day!
Mary

Kim Cavender said...

Ponsawan, this is so beautiful - just like you! It makes me so happy that you manage to find time for your art. You're an incredible lady!

Susan Turney said...

Ponsawan, this is just out of this world!!!!! Stunning! I'm so happy you've been able to work on new pieces and I'm sure Ada is enjoying seeing them too. These pieces seem to radiate happiness!

Michelle said...

Just gorgeous! I saw your feature on Polymer Clay Daily, and just had to come over and say congrats and best wishes.

krwebb said...

Wow! I love this!! Do you offer your items for sale? Thanks, Karla

Melanie said...

Talk about "Knock Your Socks Off Beautiful"....Ponsawan, I love seeing your new work as much as I know you must love creating it!!...Blessings~ and hugs for Ada...Melanie:)

Anonymous said...

I am so glad you are able to find some time for clay. Your blog and tutorials have been an inspiration to me and your mosaics are beautiful! Di, UK

Dominique said...

Gorgeous !!! I like very much your idea !
It is very beautifull, colored!
I think to you and Ada very very ofen...I read too Ada's blog every day...

Cocktail said...

Very good idea! it's beautiful and I love it very much...

Anonymous said...

so beautiful!!

Beadspired said...

Your mosaics are beautiful. I've been thinking of making mosaic earrings, and you've inspired me to begin.

Thank you for sharing so freely from your wealth of knowledge. You're an amazing artist.