Friday, February 17, 2017

Kasia Mosaics Via Bored Panda


For an inside look into my work, read I Hand Cut Thousands of Pieces of Glass to Create Beautifully Intricate Imagery 

Excerpt from the article: "While designing new works, I sketch, always striving to create something new and original. I love coming up with new patterns and giving life to funky creatures and inviting environments. For each composition, I carefully hand pick the glass which I then cut and shape into thousands of unique pieces to create each mosaic."

Monday, February 13, 2017

Currently on the Table

Here is a sneak peak of my new work-in-progress. It is a3ft x 4ft impression of Chromatic Spring in Yellowstone National Park.  It is based on a photo I took while visiting the park a few years back.

I am currently working on a whole series of work inspired by the Yellowstone Region.  This is the second from the set.  The first one was inspired by the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River.  That piece is 5ft by 3ft and is complete.  Below is a process shot of the first piece in progress.


There will be at least 10-12 completed works when the series is complete.  The next piece will be a green pastoral scene of the rolling hills and a meadow which I so much loved seeing through out the park. 

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Johona Mai - A Glass Mosaic Matryoshka


Johona Mai, stained glass mosaic sculpture, 4ft tall by 22"wide/deep, 2017  by Kasia Polkowska and Kyle Cunniff  
 
Johona-Mai, Navajo for Sunny Bright Flower was named to honor the Navajo Nation who's ancestral land we inhabit.  She was created in Alamosa, Colorado - the land of 'Cool Sunshine'.  To reflect our region, we incorporated Southwestern colors, focusing on the bright blue of our big, clear sky and the warm yellow of the ever present sunshine in the San Luis Valley.  Johona-Mai was sculpted by hand and is adorned in a modern, colorful, hand cut stained glass mosaic pattern. Her form originates from Russia, where the first Matryoshka Doll was made and has since become a symbol in Eastern European Culture where Kasia was born.  Today the doll has a place in contemporary pop culture around the world. The form of our doll was kept traditional to inspire the nostalgia one often feels when laying eyes on a nesting doll.  The decorative motif highlights the purity of the form with color, pattern and the innocence of a flower often present on traditional dolls but with a contemporary flair.


Johona Mai set up in Alamosa, among the sagebrush, surrounded by the Sangre De Cristo Mountains

Johona Mai waiting for the sunset.  The photoshoot was set up to highlight Mt Blanca (14,351feet tall) in the background.

The artists, Kasia and Kyle, with the completed collaborative sculpture.  Kyle sculpted the form.  Kasia adorned the form with a hand cut stained glass mosaic.  The artist duo worked on the concept, design and colors together.

Johona Mai set against Mt Blanca watching the sunset over the San Juan Mountains to the West.

Kasia and Johona Mai.  Ever since starting to the concept design for the sculpture in December of 2016, Kasia envisioned taking the doll out to the vast sagebrush fields in the San Luis Valley.  One of Kasia's dreams/future projects is to design and set up a Sculpture Park in the valley.  This will be a collaborative project with artists partner Kyle.  Please email Kasia at kpolkowska@gmail.com if you are interested in supporting this project which is in its early development phase.

Monday, January 30, 2017

A Mosaic Matryoshka Doll Collaboraion


Johona-Mai, stained glass mosaic sculpture, 48in x 24in x 24in, 2017 by Kasia Polkowska and Kyle Cunniff

Johona-Mai, Navajo for Sunny Bright Flower was named to honor the Navajo Nation who's ancestral land we inhabit.  She was created in Alamosa, Colorado - the land of 'Cool Sunshine'.  To reflect our region, we incorporated Southwestern colors, focusing on the bright blue of our big, clear sky and the warm yellow of the ever present sunshine in the San Luis Valley.  Johona-Mai was sculpted by hand and is adorned in a modern, colorful, hand cut stained glass mosaic pattern. Her form originates from Russia, where the first Matryoshka  Doll was made and has since become a symbol in Eastern European Culture where Kasia was born.  Today the doll has a place in contemporary pop culture around the world. The form of our doll was kept traditional to inspire the nostalgia one often feels when laying eyes on a nesting doll.  The decorative motif highlights the purity of the form with color, pattern and the innocence of a flower often present on traditional dolls but with a contemporary flair.

 Detail of face - all glass is hand cut custom for the doll.


The concept sketches.


The mosaic beginning of the mosaic fabrication with basic hand tools.


The construction of the custom form designed for the doll.


Stacking, gluing, shaping the form.

A section of the mosaic cut, arranged, taped and ready for fitting.


Kyle reinforcing the pink foam form with fiber mesh and epoxy resin. 


Meanwhile, the mosaic is being constructed and tested against the form of the doll


The form is beautifully sculpted and ready to be mosaiced!

 The final fitting and gluing of the dolls face. 


The artists and their dolls, one all finished and the other a work-in-progress.


The fitting, gluing, tape peeling - repeat, repeat, repeat!


The gluing process for a 3d mosaic is much more demanding than our usual 2d work.


More tape peeling and inspecting our glue job.


All the glass on the sculpture is hand cut and shaped by Kasia. 


Getting close to finishing the mosaic aspect of the sculpture.


Adding the last piece of glass to the composition of the doll's scarf and the whole sculpture in general


All glued and ready for grouting!


This final step was exciting for sure!  FYI the doll weighs under 60 pounds.


The grouting process - the black really makes the bright colors pop!


Details of the grouting process.


Grouting the doll was tedious but rewarding.

The doll is adorned in an exquisite pattern that can be admired from any angle.



Thursday, December 29, 2016

Happy New Year


2016 has been a busy year of transition.  The hard work through out the year will pave a way for a very full and creative 2017.  I've moved to a more remote area of Colorado where I have a huge and beautiful studio space.  I have easy access to endless nature as the valley is encircled by mountains, with Sangre De Cristos to the East and the San Juans to the West.  This is a very peaceful and inspirational place where I feel a lot of good energy and excitement to begin working on new projects that I've been busy planning the last few months.  Lots is in the works including a new website strictly for my landscapes, a series of work exploring the landscape of the Yellowstone Region, an outdoor mosaic sculpture collaboration with Kyle Cunniff, a new series of landscapes inspired by my 2015 US Road Trip and more Online Classes for my mosaic students around the world.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River


Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River, stained glass mosaic (framed), 60" x 36", 2016
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In 2012, I visited Yellowstone National Park for the first time. I spent a week hiking, observing and feeling the magic of the park. I took photos as I explored the various landscapes.



I hand picked all the glass for this project, searching out for the right patterns and colors that would evoke the feeling of looking at the details of the canyon walls blending together in the distance.



I hiked along the canyon rim and looked down at the rushing river in the distance. I hiked through the rolling hills, watching the white water flowing through and shaping the landscape around me.


I wanted to show both that lovely turquoise hue that I was fascinated by as well as the strength of the white water.


In the sky I wanted to express light, wispy clouds weaving in and out between a lovely colored blue sky. The canyon walls that shoot down and meet the river are mighty and steep. The water mists them as it runs its course. As it passes, it gives life and creates a unique ecosystem along the canyon walls where moss, shrubs and trees grow.


Looking further toward the waterfall, the details start blending in, the colors are blended creating abstract compositions in this natural landscape. Further above the waterfall, is a forest filled with big trees. Of course from a distance they are tiny, coming together to be a large patch of dark green. But in my mosaic, I chose to highlight them just as the trees that are in the foreground, giving each one just as much value.


The grouting process, for me, is one of the most exciting parts of working on my mosaic art.  It is a that final touch that unifies all the pieces and is a common thread through out the composition.  It is the grand reveal.