Sunday, September 28, 2014

Ptarmigan Tunnel Trail - Glacier National Park

Ptarmigan Trail - Glacier National Park, stained glass mosaic (framed), 30" x 30", 2014 available for purchase

This new mosaic is inspired by one of the hikes we did in Glacier National Park in Montana last summer. We combined the Ice Lake Trail with the Ptarmigan Tunnel Trail. On this 15 miler there were too many awe inspiring views to count. It was impossible to choose a favorite ... but emerging of the Ptarmigan Tunnel after 10 miles of pushing along, crossing our fingers not to run into a grizzly, yet kinda hoping to get a glimpse of one in the distance, trying to take in all the beauty of the lush and colorful, flower filled landscape, the final view of the Belly River Valley with the bright blue Elizabeth Lake appeared on the other side and it was so drastically different than everything leading up to it that it made the strongest impression on me. Still today it is as clear in my memory as if I was just there.

Hands down it is one of the best hikes I've ever done and would do again in a heartbeat. Don't miss it if you are planning a trip to the magic filled Glacier National Park.


Below are some of the process shots of this vast landcape mosaic coming to life in my little studio in the foothills of Boulder, CO.


This is a photo I took after emerging from the Tunnel, looking out at the Belly River Valley.  It is the inspiration shot for my mosaic. 


The charcoal sketch I created to help me visualize and to feel the landscape before diving into choosing my glass.

Choosing my color palette.

 More colors!

 Holding a glass 'Elizabeth Lake' in the palm of my hand - it is fun to be an artist =)

 Slow progress ...

 Detail of the little rocks I hand cut with flat-head tile nippers.



Weeks later, I am finally getting somewhere!  


Some more detail on the rocks and trees.


Working on the sky - the light at the end of the tunnel becomes visible =)


All glued and almost ready for grouting - just gotta peel the tape off.


As always this is my favorite part.  Grouting really makes the mosaic finally come a live!  Now we just have to frame it and it will be all ready to find a good home with someone who loves the mountains and mosaics as much or even more than I!

Adriana's Owl

This stained glass mosaic owl 18"x13" was created by Adriana, my 9 year old niece, while she visited me here in Colorado for a week over the summer.   She has keenly watched me work for years now and even has a few of her own projects and family murals under her belt.  Having had a helping hand in creating this wonderful mosaic gives me great pleasure.  Both I and her have learned a lot working on this mosaic and we were both very proud of the end result.  

Below are a few shots of our process:
Prior to starting the project, I encouraged Adriana to focus on developing her idea through a series of sketching.  I showed her how I approach my projects, we discussed her ideas and did research.  Then we each took some paper and pencils and did a handful of sketches.   Drawing with a child was so rewarding and it allowed me to really let go and have fun, not to worry about nice line work etc.  I think that's why it is hard to tell which ones are the drawings of a child and which ones are the drawing of a wanna be =)

The visiting artist hard at work!

Progress!

 
 Ready to grout!

She's a grouting machine! 

Me and the little Artist =)
 

 

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

New Landscape


Untitled (title to be determined), stained glass mosaic (framed), 24" x 48", 2014 by Kasia Polkowska
Available for Sale: http://kasiamosaicsstore.blogspot.com/

Several weeks ago in early spring, while driving on US 36 here between Lyons and Boulder, I was confronted with the most magical and serene view - I couldn't get it out of my head ... right away I knew that it was meant to be my next mosaic.  Actually I had to put my other very exciting project on hold because I needed to create this one so badly =-)
The drive on that road is really beautiful with the rolling foothills and our famous Boulder Mountains on display for all the cyclists and drivers to enjoy. The leaves on the trees were newly blossomed and everything was covered in an afternoon haze. The mountains and the sky almost became one as they created a peaceful backdrop for this lovely scene. It seemed kinda cloudy yet the sun was shining brightly underneath the thin layer of clouds. Right away my mind began to race as this mosaic began to come to life in my head during that lovely drive.
 Some of the progress before the sky ...

With the sky =)


Sectioned off for gluing.

 Grouting.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

New Flower Designs for Upcoming Workshops

I designed the flowers below for the Stained Glass Mosaic Flower Workshops I am teaching. To see a list of all of my upcoming classes and to sign up Click Here.

 
Aqua Dhalia, stained glass mosaic, 11"x11" (12"x12" framed), 2014 

 Here you can see the progression of the arrangement of the hand cut glass petals that make up the flower.

Tangerine Sunflower, stained glass mosaic, 11"x11" (12"x12" framed), 2014

First you can see the mosaic after it was glued, followed by a grouting shot shot and a close up of the finished piece.

Purple Water Lily, stained glass mosaic, 11"x11" (12"x12" framed), 2014

Here you can see all the petals cut and arranged, followed a shot of the glued mosaic before grouting and framing.


Orange/Yellow Lotus Flower, stained glass mosaic, 11"x11" (12"x12" framed), 2014

Here you can see the progress on the background, followed by a grouting shot which shows a piece of the custom made frame which all the flowers get.

Aqua Lotus with Yellow Center, stained glass mosaic, 11"x11" (12"x12" framed), 2014 

Here you can see all the petals cut and arranged, followed by a size comparison and a shot before grouting.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Purple Spiral

Purple Spiral, stained glass mosaic, 18" x 18" (19" x 19" framed), 2014 available for sale

 The beginning ...

 Progress and size comparison.

 The color dilemma!

Grouting!

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Pink Dahlia

Pink Dahlia, stained glass mosaic, 17.5" x 17.5" (19" x 19" framed), 2014    
Available for Sale: http://kasiamosaicsstore.blogspot.com/ 

Cutting and Arranging Process:  All the glass in the mosaic is hand cut by me.

Grouting Process


Thursday, March 6, 2014

Flower Series Continued ...

Blue Dahlia, stained glass mosaic, 11"x11" (12"x12" framed), 2014
Available for Sale via the Kasia Mosaics Store

 Some of the process ...

Yellow Daffodil, stained glass mosaic, 11"x11" (12"x12" framed), 2014
Available for Sale via the Kasia Mosaics Store

  Some of the process ...

Red Sunflower, stained glass mosaic, 11"x11" (12"x12" framed), 2014
Available for Sale via the Kasia Mosaics Store

  Some of the process ...

Lavender Lotus Flower, stained glass mosaic, 11"x11" (12"x12" framed), 2014
Available for Sale via the Kasia Mosaics Store

  Some of the process ...

Tangerine Gerbera Daisy, stained glass mosaic, 11"x11" (12"x12" framed), 2014
Available for Sale via the Kasia Mosaics Store

 Some of the process ...