By zwackart on September 3, 2015
We did a 2 day community build installation in late August. Here’s some snaps of the fun! This is the 2nd year of an ongoing community built, artist led and organized, mosaic mural (now about 70′ long!), on the wall of the DPW facility, facing the Sciencenter parking lot (and Rt. 13) in Ithaca, NY. Volunteers pictured here are part of Ithaca College’s Community Plunge program. We were also lucky to have several local high school students, hired as apprentices, through the Ithaca Youth Bureau’s summer employment program.
This year we teamed up with the Ithaca Children’s Garden, that is celebrating the 10 year anniversary of their Gaia snapping turtle sculptural installation. ICG summer campers (Ithaca area kids ages 6 to 10 years old) brainstormed the design and created turtle and fairy tiles based on their plan. Much of the Children’s Garden is represented in this latest panel of the mural. The outdoor kitchen is shown as a building housing a big steaming bowl over a fire. The bulb labyrinth is shown as a big spiral path. The phases of the moon appear over Gaia and six children that ride her back. To the left, a fabulous teapot pours out an herbal brew, from the Children’s garden. And last, a chicken on a nest full of eggs, under a fruit tree.
Please stop by and enjoy if you are in Ithaca. And stay in touch though our FaceBook page.
Posted in Recent Projects | Tagged art, City of Ithaca, clay, collaboration, collage, community, Community build, DPW, Gaia, Gaia's garden, Isaiah Zagar method, Ithaca, Ithaca Children's Garden, mural, NY, public art, Science Center, Sciencenter, tiles, volunteer, Youth | Leave a response
By zwackart on February 10, 2015
I have been experimenting with melting glass onto my ceramic work. Here is a fun example! The base tile is a high fire ceramic sculpture with a Burdock leaf imprint on it. It has been glazed several times, but I was looking for further richness of color. I am pretty happy with the results.
By zwackart on February 5, 2015
A woman recently contacted me to commission a mosaic back-splash for her kitchen. She already had red accents in her kitchen, so she chose a theme of red vegetables and fruit. Here are some shiny cherries, watermelon, radishes, peppers, tomatoes, and apples. (I made plaster casts of real peppers and used those to get some really fun relief forms to work with!) My client’s contractor installed the tiles and she sent me a few shots of the kitchen now. Enjoy!
By zwackart on January 27, 2015
The first panel of five mosaic panels, in the ongoing 1st St. Mosaic Project, is now complete and stands sparkling in the sun for all to see!
Posted in Recent Projects | Tagged 1st St Mosaic, ceramic, ceramic tiles, community, Community build, food chain, food security, Ithaca, life cycle, local, mirror, mosaic, New York, plants, Sciencenter, tiles, Tompkins county, Tourism Bureau, tree of life, wild edibles | Leave a response
By zwackart on July 2, 2014
This is my third year teaching art classes to the students in the Cornell Upward Bound program. Today we worked on figure drawing and some portraiture, in charcoal on large format paper, with a model.
And the model is a young woman who took private art lessons from me when she was 7, and now she is 19! She is just home from her first year of college. I recognized her at the grocery store and struck up a conversation. Turns out she is still into art! Yay!!
A very positive experience all around!
By zwackart on May 26, 2014
This summer, I decided to make an outdoor shower. This mosaic was soon to follow. The river rocks are smooth and pleasing to the touch, and their understated colors allow the green of the ceramic tile leaves to really stand out. These natural shapes, colors, and textures blend well with the woodland setting of the shower and the other materials from which it is made.
Posted in New in the Studio | Tagged Andrew Goldsworthy, art, ceramic, decor, home, home improvement, leaf, leaves, mosaic, nature, outdoor shower, pebbles, river rocks, spiral, stone, tile | Leave a response
By zwackart on May 25, 2014
Hi there mosaic fans, food security activists, artists, and community members. Here are the tiles you sculpted and glazed! They have been fired twice and are ready to be installed on the wall of the DPW facility on 1st St. in Ithaca, NY, as part of the 1st St. Mosaic Project, right across from the Sciencenter. Nice work!
By zwackart on April 3, 2014
Posted in News & Events | Tagged 1st St. Mosaic Project, art, ceramic tiles, community, Community build, education, foraging, Ithaca, New York, NY, public art, Science Center, Sciencenter, tile making, wild edibles | Leave a response
By zwackart on February 6, 2014
I am excited to announce that I have received confirmation of my selection by the City of Ithaca to create a design for the location markers along the walk and the anchor sculpture to go in front of Southside Community Center.I am in the process of getting input from the community. Here’s a really nice interview I did with Maya Cueva, a reported with WICB’s Ithaca Now program, talking about the project and the importance of community engagement.
And on the 1st St. Project
I also received a confirmation from the Tompkins County Tourism Bureau for a Neighborhood Celebrations grant to hold tile making events in Ithaca’s Northside neighborhood in preparation for the 1st St. Mosaic Project. Mark your calendars for Saturdays April 12th and 26th for the 1st St. Mosaic Project’s tile making events. The project has also secured approval From the New York Foundation for the Arts as a tax deductable giving opportunity through Artspire.
Posted in News & Events | Tagged 1st St Mosaic, art, City of Ithaca, engagement, First Street, GIAC, Martin Luther King, Maya Cueva, MLK Freedom Walkway, mosaic, New York, NY, public art, Southside Community Center, Tompkins county, Tourism Bureau, WICB | Leave a response