This was my first stab at mosaics and as you can probably tell, these ceramic pieces are crystalline glazed. These pieces were not intended for mosaic work at all, but these are the remnants of broken mugs, vases, etc. I think it is a maternal thing to want to keep the things your children have made, especially if they appear to be really nice. My mom has been saying for a while now, “Keep all of your broken pieces and bring them to me…I want to make mosaics out of them”. That can sometimes mean a LOT of pottery. In college there was a cluster of trees outside the studio known as the “graveyard”. It was here that potters would throw their flawed pieces against the trees and watch them bust and shatter to the ground. It was quite therapeutic. I don’t have my own “graveyard” yet, so I started putting my broken wares into a box for Mom.
As Christmas got closer, I was trying to come up with ideas to handcraft most of my gifts and save some money. I was in Home Goods when I came upon a serving tray and the idea hit me. I planned to make my mom a mosaic-covered tray using my broken pottery. This is probably the most personal thing I have created so far. The tile in the center of the tray reads, “Life faithfully, Serve lovingly”. That saying was used all the time by my grandfather. He went home to be with the Lord this past March. I knew I wanted to tie that in to this serving tray somehow, and it felt so appropriate being on a serving tray. The image above is how it came out. This was my mom’s dad that passed away, so it was a very emotional moment when my mom opened the gift and took in what it said. I know she will use it well and always think of him.