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,
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
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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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.
1. A hollow or concave container, especially one used to hold liquid.
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.
Sap I, II, III
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.
Sill at Green Briar