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Thursday, September 17, 2015

Mosaic Project - TROY University

On Sunday October 10, from 2 to 5 p.m., I will lead the first FREE workshop  of our next Wiregrass Mosaics Project at the Troy University in Dothan. A second workshop will follow on Thursday October 15, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Our goal with this project  is to demonstrate the technical feasibility of community mosaic projects  by quilting together small individual mosaics.

In community mosaic projects, often, one big mosaic is realized by a team of individuals working together on a big mosaic.

A group snail mosaic

In our case, individuals will realize their own mosaic, which will later be quilted together to realize a much bigger piece. 

An individual snail mosaic

Once we have demonstrated our technical and organizational ability, we will be in a position to launch bigger projects involving much more people in the Wiregrass Area.

In this first stage, our goal is to cover with mosaics concrete furniture installed behind the Malone Hall. 

They include :

4 round tables & 12 round benches

1 rectangular table & 2 rectangular benches

Only the tops of the tables and benches will be covered with mosaics, the rest of the furniture will be painted.

On October 10 and 15, we will hold 5 workshops of 10 to 15 people each, to realize the individual mosaics. The participants will work from printed designs.

Later in October we will set the mosaics on the furniture.

I have organized similar projects over the past 2 years with the Wiregrass Museum of Art and the Headland Chamber of commerce.

In May 2015 at the Headland Spring Festival, 20 small (6 x 6”) mosaics were realized by  children between the age of 7 and 12, some of them with the help of their parents.  We only used black and white ceramic tiles.

At Troy participants will mostly be adults: students of the University, and volunteers from the outside.  We will use the same type of ceramic tiles we used in Headland, only  in 10 different colours.

As I explained in an earlier post, I believe Art is the best way to develop creativity in people, because they can immediately see the result of their own creativity; and our world will need creators.

What is also very important is to help people realize what they can do as a group. Here, every individual makes a little mosaic, that little mosaic may not look very fancy by itself...

… But when you put side by side in an harmonious way all these little pieces, you get an amazing result.


This is why I like the concept of individual mosaics rather than having a group working on one big piece. In a group, the less assertive individuals might not be able to express themselves.

These workshops are open to students and teachers of Troy University AND  to the general public.

We would love to have you come join us, participate, and learn how to do these mosaics.

I will need much more participants for our 2016 projects, and am hoping to train people needed to lead small mosaic teams.

You need however, to REGISTER to participate so we can properly plan the workshops.


To Register and/or for more information, please contact :

  • Donna Miller by email at or by phone at (334) 983 6556 ext 1321, or

 See you in October !

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Chi lavora con le sue mani è un lavoratore...

Chi lavora con le sue mani è un lavoratore.
Chi lavora con le sue mani e la sua testa è un artigiano.
Chi lavora con le sue mani e la sua testa ed il suo cuore è un artista.

San Francesco D’Assisi

Who works with his hands is a worker,
Who works with his hands and head is a craftsman,
Who works with his hands, his head and his heart is an artist.

S. Francis of Assisi

Qui travaille de ses mains est un ouvrier
Qui travaille de ses mains et avec sa tete est un artisan
Qui travaille avec ses mains, sa tete et son coeur est un artiste !

Saint Francois d'Assise 

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Win an original mosaic with $1.00 !

We made it ! 

My Kickstarter Campaign for the Miura Hanshi Mosaic is now fully funded thanks to an amazing international community of persons, some of whom I have known for decades, some of them I never met before !

To express my deep appreciation for the wonderful community of my supporters I created a 3rd special reward, an original 6 x 6 " mosaic, which will be made out of the same materials I'll use for the main mosaic. 

This is how it goes :
  • I have generated a 3rd Lucky Number between 5,523 and 5,999.
  • If you pledge $1.00 to my Kickstarter campaign and are the FIRST person to reach the 3rd Lucky Number of the campaign, or you are the LAST person to pledge, you will win this original mosaic.

Here is the Link to pledge or forward : 

We have a little less than 2 days left. 
Good Luck, Thank you again ! 

The campaign ends next .

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Le Grenadier

While I am devoting lots of time and energy to my Kickstarter campaign, I am not neglecting actual mosaic work ! 

I am presently working on 3 projects. One pair of eyes (a rather famous guy), a community project in partnership with Troy University in Dothan, and a bigger edition of my Pomegranate Tree presently in France. 

All of this is very exciting for a number of reasons, but tonight I wanted to introduce my "Grenadier" (this is French for Pomegranate...)

Most of you have seen this first Pomegranate Tree,  all made of glass, I built it on mesh in Alabama and assembled it in my French Studio last July. 

Is this a beauty or what ?

However, I believe the next Grenadier will be even more beautiful, and I'll tell you why : 

  • I just brought back from France with me some really gorgeous tiles. 
  • I added two alchemical Sun and Moon at the top corners of the tree  !

Can you see the joy in these golds and orangey yellows I purchased from my friends at Championnet Carrelages ! This, my friends, is going to be gorgeous. 

Please let me know how you feel about it !

If all goes well, Grenadier will be available in December 2015, a fantastic Christmas Present don't you think ?

I am a modern mosaic artist with a deep admiration for ancient Greek, Roman and Byzantine Arts. You can see my own mosaics on my site at mosaicblues.

If you are interested by this piece or my work in general 
or if you would simply like to drop me a line, please 
contact me by email at  
or by phone at (334) 798 1639. 

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