Tree of Life

One of the pieces I’ve completed since the beginning of 2017 is this Tree of Life.  This is the first piece I have made that combines ceramics with Mexican smalti and I am so happy with the results! The piece is 25″ x 35″ and is available for sale. Contact me for pricing if you are interested at marsha@marsharafter.com

Mosaic Tree of Life

Mosaic Tree of Life (2017)

Tree of Life Mosaic

Over the last several years I have created many trees in clay as well as in mosaics. It’s a theme that obviously resonates with me. Here is my latest work in progress. It’s being created using Mexican smalti, which I have not worked with much at all before.  The border, tree, flowers, birds, and leaves are all created out of clay. I love designing clay elements into my mosaics. With such a long career of working with clay, I can’t seem to get away from it. It’s such a different medium than glass or stone- so malleable. I think the two work really well together. This has been a work in progress for a while due to making angels and my teaching schedule. I’ll be sure to post the finished product as soon as it’s done.

Angel Making in the Studio

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On occasion I depart from mosaics to create with clay (my roots and my college degree). Every year before the holidays I enjoy creating ceramic angels. This year I posted pictures on Facebook and the orders came pouring in! In addition, I had requests for a class. So the last couple of weeks, I have been spending time filling those orders and also enjoying teaching students how to make them as well. It was a fun and challenging class for them. If you’re interested in taking a class or in ordering angels, let me know. Below are the students’ completed angels.

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Life Sometimes Throws You a Curve Ball

img_8959Last weekend I was showing my artwork at a local event here in Rancho Bernardo. With the help of my friends Kim Willing and Pam Jara, and my husband Mark, we got everything all perfectly set up and ready on Friday afternoon. Early Saturday morning we got a call from the owner of the gallery. “There’s been an accident. And it’s not good.” she said. One of the other artists had apparently lost control of her car when she was parking and ran into the side of my booth, knocking the entire thing down. I was so shocked! I have heard of wind taking out a booth and causing huge losses for an artist, but never a freak accident like this. I actually thought to myself, “Well this could be a really good sales day for me.” I kind of starting laughing actually. How does this even happen?

Well, we hurriedly got ourselves ready and headed out the door to go see how much damage there was. It was extensive- not only broken artwork, but damage to my display. We spent the next couple of hours cleaning up everything and getting the tables and the display walls set back up. Needless to say, my sales were down for the show as I had such a reduced inventory. However, the good news is, I submitted a claim to her insurance company and when I woke up this morning I had an email letting me know that a check had already been sent. That certainly made for a happy ending to my story!img_8960

A Weekend of Mosaic Making in Los Gatos, CA

Last weekend I had the pleasure of teaching beginning mosaics in the Santa Cruz Mountains. The mountains are truly my happy place and having lived there for five years it was a joy to be invited to teach again. What a wonderful day! For most of the women this was their first mosaic. I thought their projects were amazing! And they were all so happy. Here’s the group with their creations with some close ups as well. Love them all!

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Vision Board: Birds

One of the things I do every January is complete a vision board for the coming year. A couple years ago, my board included a picture of six birds on a tree branch. I really wanted to create mosaics of birds and that picture was an inspiration. Well here it is two years later, and finally that bird mosaic became a reality. It was my first piece with feathers. I just loved the technique as well as the outcome. We’ll be having a class here to learn the feather technique or you can join my Tuesday morning class which meets every week from 10:00-12:30 and learn how create your own birds.

 

Avian Discourse Mosaic

Mosaic Peacock

Welcome to My Mosaic World!

Welcome to my mosaic world. I am so thrilled with my new website!

I feel very fortunate to live in the San Diego area where we have such a lovely climate. Most days in my studio are spent with the garage door open to the view of the succulent garden outside and the sound of the birds singing. However, not all days are glorious in Escondido, and after teaching a class in my studio last August when the temperatures got above 100 degrees, I vowed never to experience that again. So after procrastinating through the winter, I finally took on the project of fixing that problem this spring/summer. The first step was to get insulation and drywall in the ceiling, then to paint, and then to have the air conditioner installed. I am so happy to say that I now have a wonderfully cool studio. A side effect of the project was that I have done a great deal of cleaning and reorganizing, and now the space is beautiful and full of light. I hope you’ll stop by to see me or register for a class. It’s truly a wonderful place to hang out!