The man who wants to mosaic Sudan

Hoping to spread the joyful art of mosaics throughout Sudan is artist and teacher Abou Bakr al-Sherif. Despite being an ancient artform, mosaics haven’t been popular throughout Sudan. This lack of popularity makes sourcing glass tesserae difficult and expensive, so instead Sherif uses what is available (usually ceramics) to create his artworks. To ignite national interest in mosaics, he is decorating public spaces with portraits … Continue reading The man who wants to mosaic Sudan

Scenes of London Life

An artist from a young age, London-based Helen Beard has made a living observing life and translating it into ink and watercolour. With bespoke pieces ranging from bowls and vases to decorative ornaments, Beard’s hand-painted ceramics offer joyful scenes with unusual, quaint themes. Transferring lightly pigmented and delicately detailed paintings into ceramics is no easy feat. The process begins with freehand outlines, created using a … Continue reading Scenes of London Life

Update: The Living Seawall

Back in 2019 we shared one of our favourite tile-centred eco projects – Volvo’s Living Seawall. Now, three years on (and on Earth Day) we thought we’d have a look at how things have changed. Each 3D printed hexagonal tile was formed to mimic the roots of mangroves, a species once abundant on the coast of Sydney. Fifty tiles were place along these urbanised coastlines … Continue reading Update: The Living Seawall

Holidays in Wannsee

Pixel perfect scenes of daily life spread a touch of vintage joy at the Berlin-Wannsee train station. Created by Christoph Niemann and unveiled in 2018, two parallel murals welcome visitors with sweet stories and charming tableaux. Almost 20,000 100 by 100mm tiles were used to create the two 40 metre long storyscapes with a retro palette creating comfy vibes. Drawing on and continuing the NYC … Continue reading Holidays in Wannsee

Emily Hatton Design

Another of our Surface Design Show discoveries is surface designer Emily Hatton. Based in Bournemouth, Hatton creates from the waste up, experimentally casting both household and industrial waste to assess aesthetic value and product potential. Her Abstract Waste project saw how grass cuttings, egg-shell, sawdust and wood shavings affected eco resin, with each producing a texturally varied result and unique surface pattern. As well as … Continue reading Emily Hatton Design

Metal Mosaic Master

Used, discarded, and forgotton metal scraps find a new home and bright future with Matt Small. Though predominantly a painter, London-based Small has always sought to make use of ‘waste’ items in his work, utilising old car bonnets and wood in place of traditional canvases. Continuing this theme through to a different medium, rusted, worn, and misshapen bits of metal are shaped and sliced to … Continue reading Metal Mosaic Master

Wet Room

Artist Lucy Stein translates the underground passages of West Cornwall into a tiled installation with her Wet Room exhibition. These Neolithic spaces are believed to have been sites for ritual rebirthing ceremonies, a theme reflected in Stein’s choice to have water flow perpetually into and out of the bath and sink in the central piece. Though the majority of the exhibition’s artworks are paintings and … Continue reading Wet Room

Cyberspace Curiosities III

A couple more curiosities from cyberspace for ceramic-loving civilians. 1) Triennale This iconic ‘four curve’ puzzle piece style tile was designed by Gio Ponti and Alberto Rosselli in the 60s. We’ve seen quite a bit of it amongst Marazzi‘s designs, especially it’s colour-blocked varieties, but marble effects, patchworks patterns, terrazzo style, and more make it worth a mention in our curiosities. 2) Ogi Matcha Gloss … Continue reading Cyberspace Curiosities III

Sharing the Streets of Barcelona

Looking to interact with Barcelona and its inhabitants, a project was conceived to form a thread with tiles. Artist Joan Juncosa creates colourful interpretations of the city’s tiles, both on canvas and on panots, and sets them out for all to see. #tilesaroundtheworld invites people to take, reposition, and engage creatively with these artworks for a novel, collaborative urban art initiative. Initially four tiles were … Continue reading Sharing the Streets of Barcelona

AMP Art

Wisconsin born Anne Marie Price began life as a mosaic artist in the basement of her home. In between working and raising children she honed her skills with the help of online artists and by 2011 she’d moved to California and began full-time work as an artist. In September of 2014 she was awarded the 2014 Robin Brett Scholarship from the Society of American Mosaic … Continue reading AMP Art

Cyberspace Curiosities II

The weird and wonderful world of tiles has cooked up a fair few curiosities so we’re hoping to make this a regular segment for 2022. So here are five more! 1) Eskayel Dance from Clรฉ Tile Made in collaboration with New York textile designers Eskayel, Dance is one of eight patterns transformed to tile. These abstract Rorschach test-like images deceive the eye into seeing many … Continue reading Cyberspace Curiosities II

The Dreamy Streets of Nikki Monaghan

Feast your eyes on the fabulous tiles of Falkirk’s Nikki Monaghan. With a creative history spanning textiles, silversmithing, and interior design, today it’s cheerful scenes and townscapes that are the focus of her talent. Amongst these delightful prints, paintings, and unique funishings is a small collection of artworks transfered to tiles. Gloriously coloured, these works of tile art are wonderfully joyful featuring homes, cityscapes, and … Continue reading The Dreamy Streets of Nikki Monaghan

The Forager Mosaicist

A long-term mosaic art installation, mapscapes, and rockworks are just three of Sager Mosaics‘ gifts to the creative world. Located in Whitsett, Pennsylvania the studio of The Forager Mosaicist, otherwise known as Rachel Sager, acts as both a respite for travellers on the trail and a place to create immeasurable beauty. Continue reading The Forager Mosaicist

To Respect and Remember

This recently completed monument is restoring dignity and respect to those buried at the Delaware State Hospital, a former psychiatric institution known to locals as ‘Farnhurst’. Without names, dates of birth, or any reference to family, the hospital’s deceased were intially identified only by numbered white granite cubes laid in concentric circles in the Spiral Cemetery. Overgrown and mostly forgotten, many of the cubes became … Continue reading To Respect and Remember