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Column on artisan tiles by JoAnn Locktov.

Modern in Murano: The Sisters Sent’s Wearable Glass Jewelry

Modern in Murano: The Sisters Sent’s Wearable Glass Jewelry

When Venice was an island of wooden structures in the thirteenth century, glassmakers were confined to the neighboring island of Murano. Because of the threat of fire, it was too dangerous to allow them to remain in Venice. The foundries moved in 1291, all the better to isolate the craft ...

Love Lost, Love Found: An Objet d’Art’s Powerful Sentimental Value

Love Lost, Love Found: An Objet d’Art’s Powerful Sentimental Value

What Inspires Me:  “In my home I have a boat. It was made by an artist named Cathy Rose. The boat signifies everything I can love in an object. It was crafted by hand. It contains the spirit of the human heart. My solace is water and the boat symbolizes ...

Karen Thompson: Flora and Fauna

Karen Thompson: Flora and Fauna

Butterfly Be very careful if you decide to embark on a DIY project. It could change your life forever. In 1987, fashion designer Karen Thompson was restoring her home and taught herself the ancient craft of mosaics. It became her career, replacing fabric and buttons with ceramic and glass. Working ...

Ilana Shafir: Spontaneous Mosaics

Ilana Shafir: Spontaneous Mosaics

 Mosaic Garden and House. Born in the city of Sarajevo in 1924, now the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ilana Shafir knew from an early age she was an artist, though her parents were less than enthusiastic. As Shafir remembers, "In those days to be an artist was not ...

Mark Bulwinkle: Tile Stripped Bare

Mark Bulwinkle: Tile Stripped Bare

 The Vacationers. At first glance the artistic world of Mark Bulwinkle appears happy. Animals cavort, flowers bloom, a boy has hearts for eyes, the sun shines. The cartoon like images seem to be laughing at us, as if there is some private joke incised into each of them. Upon ...

Jacqueline Moore: A Painter’s Tale in Tile

Jacqueline Moore: A Painter’s Tale in Tile

Portuguese Tile An art history scholar and painter, in 2009 Jacqueline Moore found herself “anxious, afraid, stunted in creativity and at a crossroads.” The journey that began in England and had brought her to Southern California, led one afternoon to a garden in Montecito. She was strolling amidst lush ...