Category Archives: Stained Glass

St. George’s in Bloom

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Flower pots are being pulled out, planters and gardens are being replanted for the St. George’s in Bloom Competition on Saturday, May 17th. Meander the streets and stop by The Globe and see the caterpillars and chrysalis in their garden.  Tucker Museum’s herb garden will be open as well.  The Olde Towne Market starts up for the season with vendors showing their wares (2-5 p.m).  In addition, there will be a Garden on Wheels parade (3 p.m) …so pull out your bicycles, dress them up with flowers and join the fun outside the World Heritage Centre.  Vendors and events will be between Water Street and The World Heritage Centre.

For more information on setting up a vendor table…especially with a Spring or Garden theme (honey, fruits, vegetables, crafts, teas) please visit http://www.oldetownemarketsg.com to fill out a form for a table.  Charge is $25 for selling…free if you are just providing information. Free for farmers, fishermen, etc.

Onto mosaics……….been busy in the studio and finally finished a special piece I’ve been working on.  Hope you enjoy it…better yet, pop by Pieceworks and say ‘hi’ when you are in the Olde Towne for St. George’s in Bloom. 🙂

Pieceworks will have a special workshop for St. George’s in Bloom.   Come by and mosaic a flower pot…$25  Gift for Mom???

Happy Mother’s Day to all the hard working moms!!  Relax, Celebrate…but most of all enjoy your family!

 

Shards of Joy,

Donna

'Eye on You' Mosaic

“Eye on You”

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Mosaic Workshops

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Into March already….it certainly has been a busy time! Since my last post, Pieceworks has been a busy little hub with workshops, mosaic parties, Intro to Mosaics Class….and even taking mosaics to our first Corporate Social – Mosaic and Wine Workshop.

A party of 8 year- old girls enjoyed making brightly sun-catchers with brightly coloured glass tiles, gems and squiggles (photo below) just this weekend. At the other end of the age spectrum…a small group of friends and family members  (ranging in age from 20’s – 70’s) enjoyed the Intro to Mosaics Class  Men found their creative side in the social evening, creating mosaic frames alongside their female work colleagues 🙂  Ladies from the International Women’s Club crafted their way through a winter afternoon, creating beautiful candle holders for their homes. What fun to see all the creations unfold!

As the birds chirp outside and the first day of Spring approaches, I am eager to see what the rest of the month brings forth.  Happy March!

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Sun-Catchers

Love is in the Air

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

February is turning out to be a busy month for workshops…frames and votive candle holders.  Very appropriate for sharing photos and setting the table for a romantic dinner for two!  I loved making the mosaics in the photo using the pinks, reds and whites associated with February….and hope the photo entices you to try your hand at mosaics or any other craft of your choice!

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Framing Memories

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Crashing Wave Frame     The ol’ town of St. George’s is so quiet with folks taking a well deserved break after the busy holiday season. For me, it is a great time to catch up on orders and create mosaics for our 2014 visitors. With a quiet town and studio, January and February are perfect  for an afternoon workshop or a class to learn a new skill. I have lots of frames in stock at the moment so it’s a good time to design one, if you’ve been thinking of that as a project. Maybe a frame for your favourite Christmas photo?

This month’s mosaic incorporates stained glass, millefori, textured mirror and kismet tile and titled “Crashing Waves”.

A frame for a 5″ x 7″ photo can take from 2-4 hours to create so it’s perfect for an afternoon workshop.  Cost for a frame workshop is $60..all materials and basic instruction included. Grouting is done for you after 24hours and collection/pick up can be arranged.  Please ask about group rates.

‘Tis The Season

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Ever since I was a child, it was the smell of a Christmas Tree that made my Christmas!  My husband proposed to me on Christmas Day, by the Christmas tree….and every year, we celebrate it with our extended family, reminding me of the most important thing in my life…family!  So, it’s no wonder that my favourite mosaic to create is a ……..Christmas Tree.  This one is made of stained glass, wispy green, textured amber and accented with red glitter glass tiles.  The border is maple irido glass tiles.

May the joy of Christmas be yours throughout the New Year.  God Bless!

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The Summer is Sailing By….

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Wow…the months flew by…or should I say, sailed by! In June and July, Pieceworks saw school groups for workshops and some beautiful ceramic and stained glass coasters/small wall plaques were made by the students.

July was a month of yacht races and St. George’s Harbour was filled with them.  Competitors and recreational sailors came by to visit and shop at the studio..one sailor had time for a workshop 🙂 They came from all over the world…U.S., Canada, Russia, Germany, France…a family of four…a couple with a cat.  I am learning about a whole different lifestyle through having the studio in St. George’s and I am loving it.

Naturally, all the beautiful sailboats inspired me to create mosaics of them.  The shapes of the sails and colours of the harbour shouted ‘stained glass’ to me. One I titled “Sailing through The Cut”….’the cut’ is the strip of water between two pieces of land that boats sail through to enter the St. George’s Harbour.

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April Flowers

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April flowers………..tulips, to be precise 🙂  I had fun hand-cutting the simple lines of the tulips from the beautiful stained glass for this project.  The petals and leaves are opus sectile (large pieces or sections of glass) while the background is opus palladinium ( random cuts) and all hand-cut pieces.  The stems of the tulips are pre-cut tumbled stained glass pieces which makes for an interesting contrast, I think.  The seeds of the tulips are tiny metal balls cut from a piece of chain (used as pull chain for a ceiling fan or light).

April showers bring May flowers!  The town of St. George’s will be IN BLOOM on May 5th, I hope you can come for a visit, wander the narrow streets and browse the shops while you enjoy the burst of colour the flower displays put out by the store owners 🙂  Pieceworks Mosaic Art Studio will have a small display at the entrance.  Hope to see you then.

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