Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Holiday Special

Here's the Deal: each person who orders the Kasia Mosaics Online Class will receive a free Professor Plum Owl Kit with it.  I'm also doing an experiment with shipping to Canada and Europe so this is a chance for those outside the US to participate in the class. Let me know if you have any questions?  Email all inquiries to kpolkowska@gmail.com

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Blue Lotus

Blue Lotus, stained glass mosaic, 34.5" x 34.5" (36" x 36" framed), 2015

Here is a photo of my latest mosaic commission. Just like all of my flower designs, this kind of a mosaic is available to be commissioned in any color and size. Email kpolkowska@gmail.com for more info.

Above you can see me holding one of the hand cut petals.  All the petals in the mosaic are hand cut - no grinder, no saw - just Kasi!

 Size comparison - his new flower will measure to be 3ft.

 Making progress and trying to keep those annoying glass shards off of my mosaic.

Morning light hitting my work bench.

Ready to glue!!!

 It's been glued with super Kyle's help. Now onto my favorite part - grouting!!!


  All ready for shipping! 

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Red Lotus, stained glass mosaic, 34.5" x 34.5" (36" x 36" framed), 2015 by Kasia Polkowska

Available for Sale: http://kasiamosaicsstore.blogspot.com/
Just like all of my flower designs, this kind of a mosaic is available to be comissioned in any color and size. Email kpolkowska@gmail.com for more info.

Above is a the beginning process of the project.  All of the stained glass in this mosaic is completely hand cut by me using 4 basic hand tools. 

Here you can see the mosaic progressing.  During this stage, I wasn't yet sure if I was going to incorporate the red specs of glass into the background design.

Above is a photo of the grouting process - my favorite part!

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Imagining a Kasia Mosaics Art Fair Booth

I'm considering applying for a couple of art fairs for 2016.  This will be a new chapter for me as I'll be focusing on trying to get my work out there in the new year.  My only experience with an outdoor festival has been assisting my partner in a couple of fairs he's taken part of so I'm really excited to give it a go.

Above is a computer generated mock-up of what a potential Kasia Mosaics Booth might look like.  My partner Kyle Cunniff who is a freelance industrial product designer created this rendering using Solidworks. 

This isn't exactly what my booth would look like as I no longer have some of the pieces that are up in this computer generated rendering.  But there would be lots of new work as I'm busy in my new Denver studio creating lots of exciting mosaics.

Monday, November 23, 2015

A Glimpse into My Glass Cutting Technique

I thought that it would be fun to share one of my cutting techniques.  The above video demonstrates how I use a glass scoring tool, running pliers and the flathead tile nippers to cut out freehand full shaped hearts out of stained glass: 

Recently I've been seeing lots of misinformation about glass cutting for mosaics online, things that are meant to discourage people from using hand-tools to cut out semi-complex shapes out of stained glass, actually even simple shapes. Those videos are used for marketing much more expensive machinery such as grinders and wet saws.  I must add that I don't have anything against people using those machines to create their artwork but they are not always needed by people with healthy hands to cut out many of the shapes they want to incorporate into their stained glass mosaics.  For example all of the shapes in all of the artwork I've created up to this point are all hand cut.  If I was cutting glass for stained glass windows, a grinder would be useful to help create the tightest joints which are crucial for a structurally sound window.  Or if I wanted to cut out extremely intricate shapes that I could not possibly achieve with hand tools, I would definitely invest in a good wet saw. 

I am an advocate for fine craftsmanship that is achieved through constant practice and the full understanding of the tools one chooses to use and the material that one uses.  I love seeing the satisfaction on my student's faces when they can independently cut out beautiful shapes out of glass, never knowing how easy it can be if done properly. I hope that you enjoy this glimpse into my cutting technique and don't shy away from learning the basics of glass cutting.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

First Friday Art Walk

Following the 2015 Kasia Mosaics US Tour, we are gearing up to set up shop back in Colorado.  This time we'll be in Denver - it will be a little bit easier to get to than the bumpy, winding Fourmile Canyon, though we will definitely miss being tucked away in the mountains.  We'll be located at the 910 Arts Building in in the heart of Denver's Art District on Santa Fe Dr.  Visit us at Suite 302 during the First Friday Art Walk on November 6 from 6-9pm.  

The studio will be freshly set up as we're moving in on November 1, 2015.  We'll be just starting out again, so there may not be too much happening yet but our doors will be open and we'd love to meet you!  There will still be lots of art to see and touch - plus there will be wine to celebrate this new chapter in the K&K Adventures =)

If you are planning to be in the Denver Area and would like to schedule a studio visit, email kpolkowska@gmail.com  In the coming months, we'll be starting a few big projects including my large scale landscapes inspired by our recent cross country trip, a collaborative sculpture with my partner Kyle Cunniff, a collaborative mural projects with artists from around the country among other smaller projects.  

We'll also be opening our doors to mosaic enthusiasts of all levels wanting to learn a new approach to stained glass mosaic art.  These classes will be open to all levels (beginners are always welcome) and all materials and tools will be provided.  Space for these workshops will be limited so early sign ups are strongly encouraged. The first local Denver class will be scheduled for the following weekend November 14-15, 2015.  Email kpolkowska@gmail.com to preregister.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

The Conclusion of the Kasia Mosaics US Tour

We departed from Boulder, Colorado at the beginning of March, heading down through the hospitable South, up the blossoming springtime East Coast to the very green New England, meandering through the calm Midwest, stopping over in our beloved Mountain West and currently enjoying what can only be described as paradise all the way down the PacificWest.  We have been on the road now for over 7 months driving through all of the United States, teaching pop-up Stained Glass Mosaic Workshops in nearly two dozen locations. We are on the last leg of the journey circling back up to the heart of the Rocky Mountains! (above is super driver Kyle on our stop over in Big Bend National Park and to the right is our customized van in the North Cascades National Park and below I am decorating =)

After spending many months on the road, living in a cozy 6ftx10ft van with my wonderful partner Kyle, sharing my love of mosaics with a growing community of mosaics enthusiasts around the country, walking on countless paths all through out the great American landscape, taking in incredible views that I'm thankful for every day, I am ready to go back home (for at least a little while) to take all of that inspiration and to turn it into a new body of work.  Many of our experiences and photos will be relived and transformed through glass into what I promise to be my best work yet - stay tuned!  We'll be setting up shop in either Denver, CO or Santa Fe, NM at the beginning of November.  The studio will be open to the public and we will keep offering our popular workshops that as always are open to all levels and are theme based for a fun learning experience.

The above mosaic "Cascade Canyon" is where I'll be picking up my work upon returning to the studio.  Click here to see the full blog post with process shots of this landscape: http://www.kasiamosaics.com/2013/07/cascade-canyon-mosaic.html

The other large project that I will be collaborating on with Kyle is a life size version of our Matryoshka Doll seen above.  Click here to see the blog post with the process of the smaller version we worked on a few years ago: http://www.kasiamosaics.com/2012/01/collaborative-matryoshka-sculpture-kk.html

Those are just two of the many projects coming soon!

Friday, May 29, 2015

Owls on the Road!

For the last three months I've been living and traveling in a converted cargo van with my partner in crime Kyle the Great!  Life on the road does not lend itself to creating large scale mosaics so I've gone cold turkey, not creating any of my artwork since leaving my studio in Colorado.

The other day, I did decide to get a quick mosaic fix.  While camping in Upstate New York, I got out some glass, one of my Owl Designs and my tools and went to town!  Before the afternoon rolled around, I had my Owl ready for gluing.  I might have to do this more often =)  Maybe I don't have to wait till 2016 to keep up on my cutting skills! 

Here is a shot of my progress.  A picnic table is not a glamorous studio but it worked.

Here is another owl I created in the small class I taught in Sewickley, Pennsylvania this weekend.  I'm on a roll!  An Owl a Day will Keep the Doctor Away =)

Below is a photo of my two owls along with the owls my students created during the weekend.  


Sunday, March 8, 2015

Back Yard Owl Project

This is a quick family mural project I worked on with my niece, her friend and one of my sisters.  We used my Owl Designs and just had fun with creating a new addition to the colorful wall in the garden =)

Saturday, February 21, 2015

DrOwsy or DrOwlsy?

DrOwlsy, stained glass mosaic owl silhouette, 17" x 9", 2015
Available for Sale: http://kasiamosaicsstore.blogspot.com/ 

I designed this sleepy owl for as a template for the students in my Stained Glass Mosaic Owl Workshops.  The classes are geared at beginners though intermediate as well as advanced students enjoy this class as well due to its theme of funky owls - who wouldn't want to make one? To see the full schedule of Owl Classes on my upcoming 2015 Kasia Mosaics US Tour - click here: http://kasiamosaicsustour.blogspot.com/

Friday, February 20, 2015

New Dahlia Design for Upcoming Workshops

Tangerine Dahlia, stained glass mosaic, 11"x11" (12"x12" framed), 2015 ~SOLD


Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Colorful Striped Owl

Colorful Snowy Owl, stained glass mosaic, 16.75" x 8." silhouette 2015

 In the process of coming together =)

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Lemon Drop

Lemon Drop, stained glass mosaic silhouette, 17"x10", 2015 ~SOLD

Here is my mom working on her owl.  This was her first stained glass mosaic.  You can see that she was a very focused and diligent student =)

To the left is my mosaic owl before we glued it down and to the right is my mom's mosaic owl. 
Here I am with my mom and our finished sister owls =)

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Ice Princess

Ice Princess, stained glass mosaic, 17.5" x 8.5" silhouette 2015 
available for sale: http://kasiamosaicsstore.blogspot.com/

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Tropical Flower Owl

Tropical Flower Owl, stained glass mosaic owl, 16.75"x10" silhouette, 2015 ~SOLD

This Owl is a recent slight simplification/alteration of the the beloved "Professor Plum" seen below to the left.  I feel that the new version of the design will be more doable for the students in my 2 day 'Stained Glass Mosaic Owl Workshop' I will be teaching on my 2015 Kasia Mosaics US Tour. 
Check the dates and location on the classes on the tour.  Besides the Owl Class, I will also be teaching my popular 'Stained Glass Mosaic Flower Workshop'.  Here is the link to the schedule and sign ups: http://kasiamosaicsustour.blogspot.com/  Some of the locations for the Owl Class include: New Jersey, New York, Maine, Washington State, California and Indiana.  Email: kpolkowska@gmail.com with questions

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Pink Zinnia

This Zinnia is the latest design I've created as an addition to the templates available to my students in my "Stained Glass Mosaic Flower Workshop" which I'll be teaching all over the Unites States starting at the end of February .

Visit my 2015 Kasia Mosaics US Tour page to see the full schedule of classes and their locations: http://kasiamosaicsustour.blogspot.com/ The classes are open to all levels.  No prerequisites.  All materials and tools will be provided.  At the end of the two day workshops, the students go how with a finished and framed artwork and most importantly the knowledge of basic stained glass mosaic techniques which allow them to continue creating mosaics at home. 

 Pink Zinnia, stained glass mosaic, 11"x11" (12"x12" framed), 2015 ~SOLD

Monday, January 19, 2015

Foxy Owl

Foxy Owl, stained glass mosaic owl, 17"x10" silhouette, 2015 ~SOLD

This is the latest Owl Design I've created to add to the curriculum in my Stained Glass Mosaic Owl Workshops.  Check the dates and location on my 2015 Kasia Mosaics US Tour.  Here is the link to the schedule and sign ups: http://kasiamosaicsustour.blogspot.com/  Some of the locations include: New Jersey, New York, Maine, Washington and California.  Email: kpolkowska@gmail.com with questions