I’m thrilled to talk Mosaics today with Patricia Grace from Grace to Survive, http://firstname.lastname@example.org. The Dove is my favorite, the details are amazing. Be sure and stop by Patricia’s blog for more great art and photographs.
Can you share more information about yourself and the process leading to art.
Were you creative as a child? Staying in the lines while coloring or getting A’s in art class?
I did receive A’s in Art! It was the one place to unfold. In grade school a sculpture made from strips of thinly planed wood hung on our living room wall.
In high-school it felt like my ‘safe’ place and I was there as much as possible. Jewelry making was especially memorable, filing the silver for a ring and figuring out the design.
In college many courses were enjoyed but my favorite was once again sculpture.
What was the catalyst for you to start working with mosaics?
The catalyst was taking a ceramics course in the city. After the course I loved having my hands in wet clay so a kiln and potter’s wheel was purchased. But making glaze properly is difficult. The glaze on my bowls dripped onto the kiln shelves and stuck. Being someone who hates waste, and remembering during summer camp as a child how much fun is was making trivets from tile, I decided to try a mosaic.
After breaking all the bowls on the garage floor the fun began and I never stopped. Birds, flowers, dogs, cats, butterflies, whatever I could imagine I made. After the broken bowls ran out, I made my own tile rolling the clay out with an over-sized rolling pin. Since the tiles lay flat, the glaze stayed where it was supposed to.
I’ve love the stepping-stones you’ve made, what other items do you make with mosaics?
The outdoor tiles, stones and rocks are the very latest projects. Before that the items were decorative, either framed or free-form to be hung on a wall.
You have a nice work area, is this your corner to unwind?
The studio, also doubling as a bedroom when the grand-kids stay, is definitely my corner to unwind. In there I lose myself and time passes quickly with great satisfaction. All worries float away. Suppressed feelings sometimes rise with the release of tears falling onto my work which adds to the freedom experienced.
It is my place where there are no mistakes, no one telling me what to do and no expectations from others especially from myself. What is created comes from a place not often heard from deep within.
What other hobbies do you have or learning?
I love growing flowers and photographing them, and taking photos in general, especially close-ups. An entire world exists that cannot be seen until you enter that small world. Many delightful surprises show up on the computer that my eyes did not pick up through the camera.
Other hobbies include cooking, crocheting, making greeting cards with my photos, and flower arranging.
What advice would you share for someone just starting to learn the art?
Mine came from a childhood memory then morphed into a more adult version. I’d say take something you loved doing and do it again, or delve into something new you never tried but secretly wanted to. And remember, there is no wrong way, there is your way. It is your true expression which is always right…and feels so good.
The grouting process
Thank you Patricia for sharing insight on your art. It was a pleasure talking with you.