I grew up in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, living carefree while surrounded by the water and woods that inspire my artistry. My first career was in social work, where I witnessed the healing that art therapy could bring. Practicing art was a way to carve out time for myself and to have something to call my own; soon I felt the need to create, to connect with other artists and to encourage others to create.
Why glass mosaics? Art glass is mesmerizing! The intense colors invoke emotion… and how are those swirls formed in the glass, anyhow? That intrigues me! The mosaic process allows for endless possibilities in piecing together this rich, sometimes transparent medium. I cut the glass into organic shapes, then nestle them together, achieving flow, much like the brushstrokes do for a painter. I work from my photographs, paintings and sketches, enjoying the challenge of creating impressionistic representations of nature. If there is one common thread in my art, it is the life and movement I strive to imbue through thoughtful placement of the tesserae and choice of materials.
Though I am self-taught, I have sought out instruction through art classes and self-disciplined study. I appreciate the lessons received from many informal teachers along the way. I have been an active member of the Cedarburg Artists' Guild for nearly 15 years.
When not teaching mosaic workshops, I enjoy time with family and friends, our dog and guinea pig. I also seek adventure in travel and learning to snowboard and surf. This keeps my physical therapist in the latest fashion!
Beginning to end, this process is a joy. I begin with a general sketch directly on the substrate. As I hand-cut and place the tesserae, the image begins to take shape. Next, tesserae are adhered to the substrate. The final stage of grouting unites the entire piece. I find much symbolism in this art form. The whole is greater than the sum of its parts. It is not lost on me how the breaking and re-piecing of glass in mosaic work resembles the growth and healing process in life. Strong at the broken places.
What do I use for tesserae? Primarily the exquisite art glass made by Uroboros, Bullseye, Kokomo, Freemont and Chicago Art Glass. I also include stone tile, hand-built pottery, mirror, wire, found objects. Copper foiling techniques are occasionally used to preserve and incorporate my watercolor paintings, journal writings, and treasures from nature.
Thank you for taking the time to learn about my process. I hope my work brings you joy.
2023 Art Shows
I will not be participating in art shows this year; I am taking a much needed break. I will miss seeing all of you at the shows.
If you are looking for an art gift, my artwork is available at:
*Mosaics by Kerry Art Studio & Gallery (by appt)-
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