Every Tile Tells A Story: the Illustrative Art of Barbara Schmidt

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Coverings Select 2010 Award Winner -  Barbara Schmidt’s “Lotus Hand” tile (dimensions: 6”X6” ) Stained in sepia tones and washed in soft muted colors, the carved relief tiles of Barbara Schmidt speak of a time when fairy tales, myths and nursery rhymes were the predominant literature offered to children. The characters Schmidt carves in porcelain include the richly imagined forest creatures … Read More

The Secret Life of Raindrops: The handmade ceramic tiles of Leah Shafir Zahavi

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Garden at Night (Dimensions: 24.8” x 31.8” ) Mosaics by Ilana Shafir, integrated with Inspiration Pieces by Leah Shafir Zahavi Leah Shafir Zahavi grew up in Ashkalon, Israel. As a child exploring this 4,000-year-old city on the Mediterranean, she breathed deeply the aroma of almond trees, listened to the receding echo in the rhythmic arches of ancient aqueducts, and discovered … Read More

The Soul-stirring, Mesmerizing Art of Ann Marshall

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I attend many art shows, meet with a wonderful selection of talented artists, and have an inbox overflowing with requests by artists and artisans for review of their work. From all those exposures, some truly artistic gems surface that capture my heart, soul and imagination. Ann Marshall is one of those creative finds whose artwork holds a powerful grip on … Read More

The Lyrical Fusions of Paola Orsoni

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Italian artist Paola Orsoni

Paola Orsoni at work in her studio. Italian artist Paola Orsoni creates lyrical fusions of terracotta, glass, and metal. She has harnessed the disruptive process of hot and cold to cajole the marriage of unlike materials into vibrant splashes of radiant color and dynamic texture. “Dripping” tile. Created entirely by hand in her Milan studio, each terracotta tile is first … Read More

Ellen Blakeley of Ellen Blakeley Studio

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Many of us walk by shattered glass strewn across sidewalks without giving the glass shards a second thought – other than swerving to avoid stepping on them. California based mosaic artist and principal of Ellen Blakeley Studio, Ellen Blakeley, on the other hand, sees a pool of glistening, broken glass as an artistic inspiration. Meredith (Glass Mosaic & Wood Sculpture) … Read More

Hugo Franca – R 20th Century Gallery

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R 20th Century HUGO FRANCA

One of my favorite artists/designers/visionaries, Hugo Franca, has a few beautiful pieces at R 20th Century gallery. I’ve picked some of my favorites from the exhibit to share.   "Phenyo" coffee table in pequi wood. Designed and made by Hugo Franca, Brazil, 2010. 59" W x 17" H x 39.5" D "Zanta" bench in pequi wood. Designed and made by … Read More