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Recent projects and musings. Thanks for reading!

Genesis Mosaic

We've recently completed a 100 square foot Italian and Mexican smalti mosaic for the church of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini in east El Paso, TX. As we await installation dates, here are a few photos of the process.

Laid flat, the mosaic will be installed with three steps on three sides of the font. A cast bronze font bowl will be placed over the white paper square on the lunette. (Vertical wall mosaic not shown, as it was still curing in the studio).

Laid flat, the mosaic will be installed with three steps on three sides of the font. A cast bronze font bowl will be placed over the white paper square on the lunette. (Vertical wall mosaic not shown, as it was still curing in the studio).

One of four lunettes in 24k gold, Italian and Mexican smalti.

Lynne Chinn shows off a thinset panel from one of the font stairs.

Lynne Chinn shows off a thinset panel from one of the font stairs.

The Seton Madonna of Consolation

We've been working all spring and summer on the Seton Madonna. She is almost ready to be adhered to the base. A Dallas art conservator and installer is creating a one-of-a-kind mounting system to semi-permanently install the mosaic in the church columbarium.

Sun, Moon and Stars

"Sun, Moon and Stars" is the third in the Loyola University series for the Institute of Pastoral Studies. The Book of Job 9:9 says, "He is the Maker of the Bear, and Orion, the Pleiades and the constellations of the south." I've used a combination of white and pale 24k gold in the Pleiades to create a subtle shimmer as viewers pass.

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An Aggie Rooster

The Sexy Rooster, Part 2: Several years ago I completed a rooster stove backsplash in a kitchen. The client was a big collector of rooster-themed decor: pillows, dishes, tea towels, cookie jars. Everything rooster. Another client saw the backsplash on my website and has asked for her own version of the Sexy Rooster (so named because the inspiration photo I found on the internet, taken somewhere in Indonesia, was entitled, "sexy rooster." I think it was his shapely thighs). This time, we're bumping it up: this rooster will be accompanied not by a plump hen, but by a vintage red barn on the horizon painted with pro-Aggie slogans. The client has specifically requested that no burnt orange be used in the design. Stay tuned.

Rooster backsplash in progress. Mexican and Italian smalti, vitreous glass.

Rooster backsplash in progress. Mexican and Italian smalti, vitreous glass.

A New Series for Loyola University of Chicago

I've been commissioned to create a series of small mosaics for Loyola's Institute of Pastoral Studies. The subject matter is eight days of creation (the eighth day is Easter). Each mosaic is 8 x 8 inches (a coincidence?) and is made from Italian smalti with small gold embellishments. Below is a glimpse of the series coming together in the studio. Stay tuned for photos of the early December installation.