Underfoot in Barcelona is a mosaic
of pattern, color, and texture
that makes the city unique.
Below my steps,
I found arrangements of graceful pavers,

glass fragments, 

ceramic sherds,
Miró and
a welcome.

Three pieces from antiquity

inspired this design:

two from the Met’s collection--

a maiolica apothecary jar

from the Renaissance and

a Turkish container decorated with Arabic calligraphy,

as well as a Roman glass goblet.  These ceramics have in common

blue pigments,

which have been highly valued over time because of

the difficulties and costs

of producing them. 

I favor blue, too;

the Ultramarine niche in my palette is in the #1 spot!

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Full Dozen

Blue Crab

Among my most special personal possessions are

lots of containers--

pitchers, bowls, vases, glasses, mugs, plates! 

Each has a story. 

I love to bring them out in turn--

for utility, and for beauty. 

A jug on the mantle can make my day. 

The pieces here are meant to reflect the spirit of

objects both utilitarian and treasured.

The Pieces

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Handle with Care

Refugees Welcome

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Shelf at Green Briar

 Isaiah Zagar has been creating mosaic murals on Philadelphia’s South Street since 1994, when he began working in his neighborhood’s vacant lots. Inspired by his nonprofit community art center and environment, Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens, this piece celebrates  a reflective and absorbing world of “visual anecdotes” layered with tiles, mirrors, and bottles. 

Golden Seams

Vessel Blues

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Red Crab

Starfish

Shade Garden

Sap I, II, III

Small World

Lobsters

Smaller World

Compassion Today

Scatter to Time

In the centuries-old Japanese art of Kintsugi, or “golden joinery,"  broken ceramics are repaired with gold lacquer and the damaged vessels are re-created to emphasize flaws.  The precious material highlights the accidental, embracing imperfection and illuminating the power of recovery and healing.

Bottles

Sill at Green Briar

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