I am passionate about mosaics, gardens, antique china and my dog Lily. My vintage china mosaic benches and garden stones are my way of combining these interests. Looking for my inspirational pieces, I visit a number of antique stores. These pieces of fine china- for example, Blue Willow china saucers in soft blue hues or the roses on an Aynsley tea cup– dictate the theme, design and color of the garden bench or stone. Thus, each piece is a one of a kind creation.
Next, I sketch my original design on the top of the concrete bench or stone, which is my canvas. Using a rubber mallet, I break the china and butter each shard with cement and piece it together around my sketched design, as I would work a puzzle. When my china figures are complete, I fill in the background or field with stained glass or smalti. I am especially fond of the iridized glass that dramatically reflects the light in a garden and enhances the pieces of china comprising the main figures in my work. Afterward, I dremel any sharp edges, which leaves the piece smooth to the touch.
Lastly, I prime the piece, since it will be outdoors; then I antique it. After I rub the patina onto the surface, I seal it to further insure that it will properly weather. The French have a name for this artistic technique-Pique Assiette.