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Friday, July 25, 2014

L'installation de Mariam

On June 22, 2014, Finally, after a little more than 50 hours on the bench, Mariam was ready to fly to her new home in Normandy...

Delta Airlines charged me $200.00 for this extra piece of luggage and Mariam and I boarded the plane.

We arrived in France on Wednesday, June 25th. On Friday, I went to Londinieres, home of Alain and Marie Jacquot who had commissioned this piece.

Suspense ! 

Marie opens the box ! 

Marie and Alain discover Mariam for the first time !

And share it with their daughters.

Mariam was fitted with my special V-shaped installation system, and it took Alain and I less than 1/2 an hour to install her. 

Mariam is installed on a deck used for  "L'apero" and outside dinners. She was officially inaugurated on Saturday June 29, at a wonderful party organized by the hosts to celebrate their 60th birthdays.

A few days later, Marie sent me a picture of Mariam in the Sunset.

As you can see, the color of some of the tesserae matches the background color of the wall. This is a very interesting effect that makes this piece even more attractive. It is not always possible to  do this, for tiles do not come with infinite variety of colors, but it worked for Mariam..

Miriam, Mariam's twin sister, is now available.
Miriam, Sunset light

Miriam, Overcast sky.

If you are interested in her, in my other works or to simply discuss the wonderful art of mosaics, please contact me by email at or by phone at (334) 798 1639.

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Saturday, July 19, 2014

New Projects, June 2014

So these were my new babies at the end of June 2014, before I flew to France to install Mariam

One new Boddhisatva

This one had been on the backburner for about 18 month. As I completed Miriam, I decided he needed attention again! I have realized 2 of these pieces several years ago, they are now displayed in a home in Atlanta, and I am interested in seeing how my  technique will render this time ! 

2 Michi or Do projects, one reverse method - stone, one direct method on mesh, glass. I have not even laid the first tessera of any of these 2, but they should come up faster than the others, as they are of smaller size.

Michi or Do is a Chinese symbol for the Way, or Tao. It is the "do" in Judo, Kendo, Aikido... Judo is the way of flexibility, Kendo the way of the sword, Aikido the way of Gentle Energy...

And Red Scarf has been waiting a long time to get started, for I did not have the reds I needed. I brought them back from France last Summer, and will bring some more this year (with yellows, blues, greens etc...), so I could get to work

Red Scarf on the bench...

Model for Red Scarf mosaic.

Turns out, now that I am back from France with a few orders, things might happen a little differently, I may have to let these down a little to progress on my new projects. I will soon tell you more about them.
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Monday, July 14, 2014

The Candy Store

Do you remember when you were little and would walk in the candy store ? Or into any store containing stuff you liked ? comics books, cakes, colored pencils...

Well, this is how I feel every time I visit Championnet Carrelages in Paris.

I got off the plane on June 21st at Paris Charles de Gaulle. My daughter Mathilde, also a talented mosaicist, picked me up and we went directly to Championnet's. 

A dream come true ! Every time I get there I feel like Ali Baba when he got into the treasure cave...

I visit this place about once a year and bring back quite a load of tiles from them.

They carry an amazing choice of gorgeous ceramic; stone and glass tiles, from the most ordinary to amazing.

Not that much smalti, but their collection is growing and I brought back a few beautiful red and yellow ones this year in my bag.

I do not know of a better place to purchase tesserae
I usually purchase my glass tiles on line, and I am generally quite satisfied this way, however, in a few cases, the color of the tiles I received was not what I had in mind when I ordered. This happens because of your computer screen or your browser's  settings. The same thing can also happen when you order something printed on paper from a book.

No problem of this kind here, what you see is what you get !

After our visit to the candy store, Mathilde and I stopped by the Cafe de la Renaissance a few hundred yards from the Rue Championnet, where I enjoyed my first shot of French Express Cafe !

Do you recognize this place ? It is a very beautiful and traditional French Cafe, most everything  must date from the 30's, and part of the movie Inglorious Basterds was shot in this place. 

The following wee, after I installed Mariam in her new home of Normandy, I drove down to Provence with my parents.
A new shop had opened in Manosque, selling local farmers production...

I was back in the Candy Store ! 

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