By zwackart on April 29, 2016
Two Saturdays in April, one snowy, one warm, the good towns-folk of Richford and I met in the Town Hall to make and paint tiles for the mosaic we will be putting up in May. Here are a few of the beautiful tiles that were made. If you are reading this before 5/22/2016 and would like to participate, feel free to contact me for more details.
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By zwackart on February 2, 2016
I am excited to announce that this Spring I will get to lead a community built mosaic in the Town of Richford, NY. I was contacted by a committee of civic leaders who have been working to turn a local park into a space that is well used by all members of the community, where everyone will feel welcome, and engaged. They are focusing their energies on this park, Rawley Park, a public space, in the middle of their small, rural town, because they are interested in growing a sense of community. There is a pavilion, with cooking facilities, in the park, that people rent out over the summer. It is a concrete block structure, and they asked me to help them create a mosaic on the southern face of it, that will celebrate the history and connections in the Richford community. Together, we successfully wrote a grant to the Arts of the Southern Finger Lakes. This April, we will host 2 Sundays of Tile Making and Tile Glazing workshops, and in May, we will install the mosaic, in time for a summer of community enjoyment! Below is a sketch. We plan to make leaves out of community member’s hand prints in clay!
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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!
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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.
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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 December 4, 2013
By zwackart on October 19, 2013
I am working with a team of artists and we are planning a community built mosaic for a wall of the DPW waste water facility on 1st St. in Ithaca, NY. The site is right across the street from the Sciencecenter. We are using the method that Isaiah Zagar, of Philadelphia, uses. We have written a few grants and are planning to hold tile making workshops in the Northside neighborhood, work with 6th graders at Boynton Middle School, and have an installation event in August of 2014. We have a Facebook page set up so you can keep up on the latest info as we set dates for the workshops and let people know where, in the neighborhood, they will be held. We will also have a list of materials we are hoping to get donated and info about how and where to do that. Ithaca, and the Public Art Commission in particular, have really done a fantastic job of identifying walls and spaces for public art. I am really excited about this project because it will be one of the first opportunities for the community to be involved in the making of the art that will create the sense of place where they live.
By zwackart on October 19, 2013
If you look very carefully, you may see the face of Buddha in the hills of Ithaca, in my mosaic Feels Like Home, on Tioga St. And perhaps you remember my Potential Buddhas series of paintings? Well, these days I am making Buddha faces, of many shapes and sizes, as ceramic tiles. They can be a tiny icon for your alter, a touchstone to keep in your pocket to remind you of your own true nature, or maybe the keystone in a the tile work you are doing on your back patio. However you choose to enjoy them, I hope they bring a little peace to all that see and touch them.