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Featured Artist Barb Holmes (Uhlenbruch)

I have been making mosaic art since 2001. Over that time I have developed a deeper love for and attained more skill in this ancient art form. The process is slow and tactile. The final product is an expression of a personal journey.  
My main works are with smalti glass, predominantly Mexican Smalti. My jewellery works are a more recent interest , using filati glass and millefiori from Italy.


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How to promote mosaic as art form

Started by Linda Biggers in Creativity/Inspiration/Motivation. Last reply by Linda Biggers on Friday. 9 Replies

I live in an area where mosaic is an uncommon art form.  When entering art shows that ask for a category, I am considered mixed media. I do understand this because there are not enough mosaic artists (I am often the only one) but I do find it…Continue

Injuries and your health and Mosaic

Started by Liz Tonkin in Creativity/Inspiration/Motivation. Last reply by Agnes Robinson Aug 15. 22 Replies

Hi All :)I was wondering if anyone out there in mosaic land has injuries sustained from our love -MOSAIC.I am in the process of getting tests done on my arm which has pain in the elbow and wrist area's.How do you protect yourself from potential…Continue

Interaction on CMA

Started by Solly in Creativity/Inspiration/Motivation. Last reply by Karen D Aug 14. 27 Replies

Why is participation in discussions so low?  Do we need more controversy?  Has it all been discussed earlier in the forum?  Are there too few active members?Continue


Started by Solly in Creativity/Inspiration/Motivation. Last reply by Solly Aug 14. 17 Replies

Self-doubt ebbs and flows in all of us, whether it relates to our choices, jobs, relationships or art. With respect to the latter, I find validation in the views of others, getting into exhibitions and receiving awards.  Yet, while I am working on a…Continue

Tags: self-doubt

Ilana Shafir's Philosophy ...

Started by Jennifer B. Raeburn in Creativity/Inspiration/Motivation. Last reply by Pam Givens Aug 12. 6 Replies

Since the late (and great) Ilana Shafir has been mentioned twice in Solly's self-doubt discussion, I thought that her philosophy of what mosaic should look like would make an interesting forum discussion.I have seen micro mosaics in Italy that are…Continue

What do you listen to while working on mosaics?

Started by Sophia Wong in Creativity/Inspiration/Motivation. Last reply by Kelly Harrah Aug 12. 113 Replies

I usually prefer to start working on art projects in silence.  While I am making a necklace out of beads at home, I work in silence until a song or piece of music comes to mind.  Then I go to my iPod and play that song, and related albums, while I…Continue

Tags: soundtrack, process, studio, sounds, music

Satisfaction with one's work ...

Started by Jennifer B. Raeburn in Creativity/Inspiration/Motivation. Last reply by Solly Jul 8. 1 Reply

"In all my artistic life I have never had one moment of complete satisfaction."-- Arturo ToscaniniI was struck by the great conductor's admission; it made me wonder how our mosaic artists here on CMA feel about their own artistic lives.Do you ever…Continue

Creativity, Mind, Body

Started by Pam Givens in Creativity/Inspiration/Motivation. Last reply by Solly Jul 5. 9 Replies

In her book "The Creative Habit" Twyla Tharp states:"“I can’t say enough about the connection between body and mind; when you stimulate your body, your brain comes alive in ways you can’t simulate in a sedentary position. The brain is an organ, tied…Continue

Tags: creativity, exercise, connection, body, mind

How do you handle rejection? Do you let it get to you?

Started by Julie Mazzoni in Creativity/Inspiration/Motivation. Last reply by Jane Russell Jul 3. 18 Replies

The hot topic this week seems to be rejection.  As artists, we all face it at one time or another.  Whether it is poor sales, juried shows, or your brother-in-law's flippant remark- do you react with grace and dignity or are you boiling hot and…Continue

Tags: positivity, shows, juried, negativity, Rejection

Does Art have Rules? Is Mosaic Art?

Started by Teresa Townsend Miller in Creativity/Inspiration/Motivation. Last reply by Teresa Townsend Miller Oct 14, 2016. 36 Replies

Does art have rules? Is mosaic art? So if mosaic is art.... why all the rules? Is it not better to think outside the box? Be creative and think for yourself.... or should we have to follow set rules in art?? or set rules in mosaic?Continue

Tags: mosaic, rules, art



I recently completed a commission called "Circle of Life" and would like to share the process that I used. You might say that the actual process was a "work in progress" because it evolved as I went along.

"Circle of Life" is a half circle (seven feet on the long side with a 3.5 foot radius). This semi-circle mosaic will be on the side of a bluestone paved terrace. Circular steps will descend from the mosaic landing to the lower part of the garden area. Unlike many mosaics, this commission is not be the focal point of the setting. The purpose is to add to the overall beauty and mood of the landscape. The goal is to have the mosaic become part of the landscaped garden in almost an organic way. Ultimately, the mosaic will be installed in New York after the weather has warmed read more



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That title is a joke – albeit an obscure one that needs explanation.

 In English parliament – if the motion is carried then they announce “The Ai’s Have It!” I’ve chosen it though because as well as being funny (well to me at least) it’s also apposite – because I really do believe that the ‘eyes have it’ and can completely dominate / monopolize / change a design – for better or worse!

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A lot of people have commented that I manage to capture ‘character’ in my work. I am always pleased to hear this because, as a former animator, it is my principle read more.


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