Piece 24: Make My Hands Respect the Things You Have Made

Piece 24: Make My Hands Respect the Things You Have Made

W.orking with Dallas high school student interns and local artists and community volunteers, Piece 24 is the first in a series of public art sculptures initiated by 29 Pieces. 

Utilizing the maquette totem made by students, we instructed them on proper mosaic technique and created the majority of the imagery in the 29 Pieces studio. Once the steel form, fabricated by Albert Scherbarth, was delivered, mosaic sections were applied to the surface. In November, 2016 the sculpture was transferred to its intended site in front of the Oak Cliff Cultural Center. Two weeks' worth of work on site completed the sections and the steel ball attachments.

Piece 24: Make My Hands Respect the Things You Have Made

Piece 24: Make My Hands Respect the Things You Have Made

Steel, concrete, glass mosaic. 18 feet x 4.5 x 4.5 feet.

Piece 24 detail

Piece 24 detail

Piece 24 detail

Piece 24 detail

Piece 24 detail

Piece 24 detail

Tower of Unmelting, Chocolatey Truffled Goodness

Tower of Unmelting, Chocolatey Truffled Goodness

A recent edition to the Upcycle Mosaic Project, the Tower is made from styrofoam shipping containers, repurposed to become chocolate-themed sculptural cubes. Each cube is separate, and they stack on a center steel pole base.

Made from Bisazza's Opus Romano enameled glass using the Laticrete One Step Method to adhere, the sculpture is suitable for outdoor display.

60" x 17"

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Getting ready for reds

Getting ready for reds

Can't wait to get into the deep reds, cranberries and pinks of Mary's gown.

A New Collaboration: The Seton Madonna of Consolation

A New Collaboration: The Seton Madonna of Consolation

We're excited and honored to be working on a new, collaborative commission for St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Plano, Texas. Lynne Chinn has designed this beautiful Madonna and child with input from the parish priest, Father Bruce Bradley, and his committee members. 

The mosaic will be framed and installed in the columbarium garden at the church.

Design copyright l . c . mosaics, 2015 www.lcmosaics.com

Selecting the right colors

Selecting the right colors

Choosing precisely the right colors from hundreds of options is an exacting process. Lynne and Julie are combining their stashes of smalti collected over the years from other projects, and are ordering additional colors from Italy. The color palette in the mosaic will complement the thematic colors of the columbarium garden: purple, white, red and green. 

Seton Madonna is underway

Seton Madonna is underway

We've completed two sections of the roses and Christ's swaddling. The smalti is hand-cut, beveled, and placed face-down on a reversed pattern made from a high-res photo printed in reverse. Once the sections are completed and the next section's first border pieces are aligned with the previous section, the earlier section can be cut away and stored. 

Eventually the mosaic will be glued in place by flipping each section into the mortar, tamping it down and gently sponging away the paper pattern from the front side. This reverse technique allows us to create a very flat surface on the front of the mosaic. The irregularity of the cut pieces (seen here) will be absorbed into the mortar on the back side. 

To follow this process in real time, follow The Seton Madonna of Consolation on Facebook.

University of Dallas Seal

University of Dallas Seal

Commissioned for the living room of the UD President's Residence, Irving, Texas.

University of Dallas Seal

University of Dallas Seal

24k gold and Italian smalti. 30 inches.

Mosaic copyright Julie Richey Mosaics, LLC, 2015

Vade Mecum

Vade Mecum

My submission to the international Bibliomosaico exhibition hosted by Girasole Publishers in Ravenna, Italy.  Bibliomosaico is an exhibit of mosaics about books.  Artists from Europe, the US and beyond have contributed small works to the exhibit, which is displayed at the biennial Ravenna Mosaico Festival.  In 2014, Bibliomosaico traveled to Riga, Latvia, where it was displayed in the national library. In 2015, Vade Mecum was part of the Bibliomosaico exhibit at Girasole Editions in Ravenna during RavennaMosaico, the biennial of mosaic.

Vade Mecum

Vade Mecum

Limestone and smalti on Kindle e-reader.

Vade Mecum detail

Vade Mecum detail

Ulysses: New mosaic mascot of Dude, Sweet Chocolate.

Ulysses: New mosaic mascot of Dude, Sweet Chocolate.

34 inches tall and weighing about 100 pounds, this solid concrete cottontail rabbit sculpture is covered in Bisazza's opus romano enameled glass. He has found a new home at the Greenville Avenue Dallas store of Dude, Sweet Chocolate. We hear he'll be a rotating mascot, visiting their Oak Cliff, Preston Road and Fort Worth stores, too!

Ulysses at Dude, Sweet Chocolate

Ulysses at Dude, Sweet Chocolate

Here's Ulysses at his new home amongst such Dude, Sweet favorites as Crack-in-a-Box Chocolate Bark, Love Potion Chocolate Sauce, Fungus Amongus Toffee and Tubby Elvis Spread Peanut Butter, Banana and Chocolate decadence. Not to send you off on a tangent, but Dude, Sweet! 

Giacomo

Giacomo

Natural stone, unglazed ceramic and glass on hand-formed base. 17 x 10 x 10.5 inches. Suitable for outdoor display. Private collection, Texas.

Seton Madonna of Consolation

Seton Madonna of Consolation

Seton Madonna detail

Seton Madonna detail

Italian smalti and 24k gold leaf mosaic medallion. Custom design by Lynne Chinn, l . c . mosaics.com. Mosaic fabricated by Julie Richey and Lynne Chinn.

Rooster and Hens backsplash

Rooster and Hens backsplash

The piece are finished and thinset; just awaiting the go ahead for their installation in Atlanta.