AIGA Mosiac Workshop

This summer Johannah led a mosaic workshop coordinated by the local AIGA chapter, a community of creative professionals with an emphasis on design. We had about 20 people, so we spread out on the big steel tables that usually serve as workspace for metalworking projects at Phoenix Handcraft.

This fantastic group hung out for about two hours, making small spontaneous mosaics with a variety of materials. Though most were new to mosaics, the results were wonderful! Johannah’s favorite students are those who declare themselves “not creative” or “not artistic.” Given a little direction and lots of freedom to explore, those inner artists can really start to show themselves.

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You can see more photos of our fun event on the AIGA Richmond website.

Modern Staircase

Earlier this year we built a modern staircase and handrail, installed in a beautiful new modern home here in Richmond, Virginia.

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First up, creating the pieces and parts to make a staircase and handrail.

Next step is installation. First the stringers, then the steps, followed by the handrail, and finally the glass panels.

Detail photo of the clips we fabricated to hold the glass panels in place. Photo by Rendersphere.

Final installation looking fantastic with the home owners great taste in art and interior design. Photo by Rendersphere.

Magic Carpet Ride custom mosaic

This spring Johannah worked with a client to design and create a custom mosaic for their home. The piece was created for a specific location in their kitchen, and we used colors and nature themes found through the house.

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A series of process shots from idea sketches to color palette, through the creation of the finished piece. We used Italian smalti, an opaque glass and traditional mosaic material, for the leaf silhouettes and various glass and porcelain tiles for the background.

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The finished piece in our studio...

... and some detail shots plus the piece installed in their kitchen. The title of the piece comes from the rippling background combined with the night sky feeling of the gold tile sprinkled amidst the blue.