|Mosaic Ball: View 1|
I have a collection of bowling balls. How many people can say that?
|Mosaic Ball: View 2|
I don't even bowl. My collection of bowling balls are picassiette mosaic covered art objects.
(Picassiette, or the French "pique assiette", are mosaics made with broken bits of china.)
|Mosaic Ball: Detail showing five red and white patterns|
The colors for this mosaic ball were going to be black and white and red all over. (There are so many jokes that start that way...) But, alas, my red and white dishes "read" as pink. (That means the visual effect of the red and white appears pink from a distance instead of red)
|Mosaic Bowling Ball and Bird Bath Base in Garden|
When it became apparent that the red would not be prominent, I decided to embrace the pink effect and intentionally mix in pink.
|Mosaic Ball Detail: Two styles of Pink and White china was used|
I was able to use two contemporary orphaned pink dishes I loved.
|Mosaic Ball: View 3|
The six black and white patterned dishes used in making this ball came from contemporary china found in resale shops.
I was wondering why most black and white china is contemporary. Older vintage and antique china embraced color more. Perhaps our ancestors valued the bits of color during the long white and gray winters.
|Mosaic Ball: View 4|
Today, people see so many colors everywhere - in print and on-screen viewing, in fabrics and objects. My ancestors, and many historical cultures had a lot less color in their world, especially in harsh winter months in Northern climates. (We can't all be descendants of tropical people, or those that had colorful silks and dyes.) In long snowy winters, whites, grays, browns and blue (skies) would have predominated.
|Mosaic Ball: View 5|
I attended an art lecture where the speaker noted that black and white and gray were calming to city collectors in places like New York City, where the noise of the urban environment made people want to come home to neutral spaces. Maybe that is why styles changed to include more black and white, vs. the colorful china in the past.
|Mosaic Bowling Ball and Bird Bath Base in Garden|
Some notes: The birdbath base (above) is one of my earliest large projects, made more than a decade ago. It was sealed and has been outside since then, holding up surprisingly well.
I mentioned in this note here that I like to learn from my projects. Here is my tip from this project: DON'T use the concave and convex bends in china, or the thick sections from the bottom. I made a mosaic tip graphic below. It doesn't look as sleek as I would like, but it took a lot of time and at least my "mosaic tip" is done!
Click on the images to see them enlarged.
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