Friday, August 29, 2008
Another Mosaic for Jingletown
There is a new mosaic outside 2908 Glascock Street (at Peterson) in Oakland's Jingletown District. Saundra Warren, a tile-making artist, is the owner of the business there called In Saundra's Garden. Her specialty is making ceramic tiles out of the leaves she finds in her environment all around her. Sometimes other people will bring her interesting and beautiful leaves they have found too. In her artwork she either uses the leaf tiles as they are for mosaics or turns them into the most wonderful plates, wall hangings, bowls, fountains, etc. Her work is beautiful! Outside her front door is a large, ugly, bare, cement planter box. Each face is 41" x 27". She lives next door to Bill Silveira who, if you have been reading this blog at all, you know has a building covered with art. For years he has been shaming, cajoling and goading Saundra into making her planter into something beautiful. She finally capitulated and contacted me to make her a glass mosaic frog and hummingbird with the idea that she would use them as part of a mosaic on her planter. So we decided to collaborate. Well it only took us a few days and, voila, two sides are done.Here is Saundra's side, during (above) and finished (below). We each have a different mosaic style: Saundra's uses regular cut shapes and is more serene and Zenlike. I use broken tiles which create a more energetic look. Here is my side during (above) and finished (below). In the above picture you can get a good look at the leaf tiles that Saundra creates. And the shine and sparkle from the glass frog and hummingbird give it that added unexpected element of surprise. Jingletown has long been becoming an art destination and this is just one more reason among many great ones to come on down and take a look.