Recent projects and musings. Thanks for reading!

Meet Giacomo

Giacomo (because he's a jackrabbit, and because most all of my works have Italian titles) is a small, garden-friendly sculpture made on a hand-formed base. He has "real" taxidermy jackrabbit eyes that give him that alert look.  He's available for purchase and would fit right in among the summer vegetables and blooms. Photo by Stacy Bratton, Bratton Photography.

New in the Mosaic Firmament: M3 Gallery

Vicki Hanson-Burkhart, mosaicist and gallery manager, has just opened her own shiny new space in Pineville, NC.  M3 Gallery features artists whose work was curated by Emma Biggs for the two recent Pattern Now exhibits in North Carolina and Kentucky. Vicki will teach mosaic classes, host visiting instructors for workshops, and promote fine art mosaics in her enthusiastic and sophisticated style.  Best wishes to Vicki and M3 Gallery!

Common Heritage Series: Chauvet    recently sold at the Pattern Now XIV show at the Gateway Regional Arts Center.

Common Heritage Series: Chauvet recently sold at the Pattern Now XIV show at the Gateway Regional Arts Center.

Ulysses: New mosaic mascot of Dude, Sweet Chocolate.


"Ulysses" is a concrete rabbit covered a delicious opus romano Italian enameled glass. He was a featured item at the recent fundraiser for leukemia patient and Dude, Sweet Chocolate sous chocolatier Ulysses Galvan. A generous patron purchased him and gave him to Dude, Sweet. They plan to move him from store to store in Dallas and Fort Worth. Look for Ulysses next time you stop at Dude, Sweet for a chocolate fix!

Vade Mecum: My Bibliomosaico Entry: Riga or Bust!

During our Mosaic Masterpiece Tour to Italy in October, we had a studio visit with Rosetta Berardi, owner of Girasole Publishers in Ravenna.  Rosetta has been curating a brilliant little exhibition (Girasole is a small gem bookstore, a boutique publisher of art and culture texts).  Every time Ravenna hosts a Ravenna Mosaico, the biennial of all things mosaic, Rosetta hosts new works in an ever-growing collection of mosaics about books.  Some of the best-known and most accomplished artists in the mosaic world have contributed clever and tongue-in-cheek mosaics to the exhibit.  While touring Bibliomosaico, I was pleasantly surprised (thrilled!) to be invited to contribute a piece.  The next Ravenna Mosaico exhibit isn't until October, 2015.  In the mean time, Bibliomosaico is traveling to the National Library in Riga, Latvia.

So here it is: Vade Mecum

Here's the story:  In 1945, an Arab peasant discovered 13 papyrus codices in a cave in Nag Hammadi, Upper Egypt. The treasure contained more than 50 texts thought to be written in about 140 A.D., including the Gnostic Gospels heretofore considered lost when early Christian church leaders subverted Gnostic teachings in a struggle to establish one “true orthodoxy.” A complete translation was finished in 1970, and biblical scholars embarked on a re-evaluation of early Christian theology and their understanding of Gnosticism.

Vade Mecum, Latin for “go with me,” is defined as “a ready reference or repository of knowledge to be carried about by a person.” The mosaic depicts a map of Upper Egypt and Nag Hammadi, where the codices were found. The substrate, an e-reader given to me five years ago, is already old and obsolete. I have replaced it with a smaller, faster, lighter Kindle. Although the reading screen is covered in rough limestone and glass to symbolize the Egyptian terrain and the Red Sea, underneath it is a repository of unlimited knowledge in the form of texts downloaded from the Internet.

While literally all of our combined writings can now be carried on an e-reader in a pocket, the thoughts and stories contained in the Gnostic Gospels were available to us only when the physical scrolls were unearthed, dusted off and translated by scholars.


A special thanks to maestro Giulio Menossi of Udine, Italy, for introducing me to the Gnostic mosaic cycle at Aquileia and guiding our group through the story of the Nag Hammadi discovery.

SAMA Conference in Houston: Professional Development Workshop

Public Art Bids and Large Commission: Getting to the Next Level with Julie Richey

Assembling the San Angelo Heritage Mosaic for Angelo State University, 2013

Assembling the San Angelo Heritage Mosaic for Angelo State University, 2013

Session 1A: Thursday, May 1, 2014,  8:00am — 12:00pm
Session 1B: Thursday, May 1, 2014, 1:00pm — 5:00pm

Cost: $190 (includes $15 materials fee)

Level: Intermediate/Advanced

No matter where you are in your quest to expand your portfolio of public works, there’s a lot to be learned from others’ experience. The goal of this workshop is to give participants a good understanding of what’s required to successfully carry out a major public work. We will take an in-depth tour of several public art projects and their requirements. Participants will be guided through a series of challenges to determine whether they are prepared for a large project and will receive detailed checklists they can use for future project bids and analysis.  For more information on the workshop, please see under 2014 Education Program: Workshops.