Saturday, April 19, 2014

New Flower Designs for Upcoming Workshops

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


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

I designed these flowers for an upcoming workshop I am teaching in Montclair, NJ May 3-4, 2014.  To see a list of all of my upcoming classes and to sign up Click Here.  Below are a few shots of the process which the students will be learning in class.

 Cutting and arranging the flower petals.


The mosaic glued and ready for grouting.


Grouting.


All the petals cut and arranged.  

 Size comparison.


Before grouting.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Montclair, New Jersey May 2014 


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Class is limited to ten students. To reserve your spot in the class sign up either clicking the paypal button below or email Kasia kpolkowska@gmail.com to mail a check.

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Summary: This will be a two day mosaic intensive where the student will create a 12" x 12" custom framed mosaic art piece while learning the whole mosaic process from start to finish.  No previous mosaic or drawing experience needed as Kasia will guide the students through the process and provide special flower templates for the projects.  All the designs are created by Kasia with the intention to teach the use of repetitive shapes to create a successful mosaic while practicing cutting glass into curvy shapes - an essential skill in the kind of art Kasia creates.  The designs are well suited for a beginner allowing him or her to complete the project during class time though each one can also be utilized by an intermediate student  who chooses to put more detail into the design or to add their own flair.  

 

Cost: $265 ($210 class fee plus $55 material fee) all materials, use of all tools, additional templates to take home plus a 10 page colorful pdf summarizing everything covered in class plus more

 

When: May 3rd and 4th, 2014 (Sat 10am - 5pm with 1 hr lunch break, Sun 10am - 5pm with a 1 hr lunch break)

 

Where: 73 See Gallery in Montclair, New Jersey

 

Please email Kasia with any questions: kpolkowska@gmail.com

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 ...






Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Mosaic Flower Workshop

Longmont, Colorado February 2014 

Mosaic Flower Workshop at The Firehouse Art Center in Longmont, CO (Feb.28 - March 2). This will be a three day class where the students will have a choice of a few flower templates which I'm creating especially for the class. No previous mosaic experience or drawing skills needed - I will guide everyone from start to finish and the students will all take home a beautiful and professionally framed flower (frames will be custom made by my partner Kyle).  

 

 

Note: My Lotus Flowers are only used for promotional purposes, the templates I will provide will be similar but the students will not be making that exact flower as its part of my ongoing series.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Purple and Blue Lotus Flower Set


Blue Lotus Flower on Purple, stained glass mosaic, 22" x 22" (23" x 23" framed), 2014    $950   
available for sale: http://kasiamosaicsstore.blogspot.com/

Purple and Blue Combination Lotus Flower, stained glass mosaic, 22" x 22" (23" x 23" framed), 2014    $950  
available for sale: http://kasiamosaicsstore.blogspot.com/

Purple Lotus Flower on Blue, stained glass mosaic, 22" x 22" (23" x 23" framed), 2014    $950   
available for sale: http://kasiamosaicsstore.blogspot.com/

Glass selection.


Hand-cutting all the glass petals.

The three flowers coming along.  Deciding on the colors for the centers as well as for the backgrounds.

Hand cutting all the glass circles with my steal flat head tile nippers

Ready to glue!

 Grouting!
 

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

The Dallas Divide

The Dallas Divide, stained glass mosaic, 16" x 48", 2014   available for sale

In September 2013, Kyle and I were planning a trip to the San Juan Mountains here in Colorado.  Due to the epic flood, being displaced from home for nearly six weeks and all that comes with natural disaster, we had to cancel our plans ... This mosaic is my way of visiting the mountains I dreamed of seeing this fall but couldn't.  Below are a few process shot of the making of "The Dallas Divide".


The beginning ... spontaneously working on a very rough sketch.

The aspens are done; some are created with larger shapes of glass while others are made with individual little, aspen leaf shapes. Now onto the pines, then the mountains and the sky!


Here is a good size comparison of the little, hand carved aspen leaves next to my hand.


Here is one of three sections of pines I added to the composition.  All the little trees are created with the three hand tools seen in the bottom right of the photo. 


Here you can see one of my freehand cut mountains created with the same three tools I used to create all the other shapes in my mosaic.  I carefully scored and carved my Rocky Mountains while hoping that my beautiful glass wouldn't CRACK! My initial plan was to make them of many, many little rocks I'd cut out by hand to depict the very, rocky peaks we have here in Colorado.  Anyone who's climbed some of the big mountains here, knows exactly what I'm talking about - it is pretty mind blowing to experience in person!  But the beauty of the glass I chose for this project altered my plans.  I decided to show the overall impression that all those rocks make together to create the illusion of one solid mountain rather than focusing on the many, many parts that make a whole.   

Here I am using the other half sheet of this awesome glass to start the process of creating the mountains on the left side.

 The blue Colorado sky is coming alive!


 Before sectioning off the taped mosaic for gluing.

Here I am holding up one of the sections before gluing it down.  The the glass tesserae are held together on the face with clear tape - that's why I can hold them up this way =)

 Last but not least, actually my favorite part, is the grouting.  Here I am grouting my mosaics in a sanded charcoal grout.