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WOW, How long did it take you to make that?

Here are  a few of the questions I ask myself when I begin a project: What is the theme and message? How will it enhance the site? Who will see this artwork? What is the color palette? What textures, glazes and glass tiles will work best?  etc. etc. The question I rarely ask myself, but probably should, is “how long will it take?”

To celebrate completing my newest project, I invited a group of friends to a studio open house for a look at the artwork before it travels to its final destination in Clearwater Florida. Everyone  always asks me “How long did it take you to make that?”

After 15 years of doing  large mosaic installations, I know the true answer to this question is not measured in months or days.

The answer is ” it takes a lifetime .”

It takes a lifetime to figure out the right questions to ask yourself, and it’s an ongoing learning process.

Making a large mosaic installation for a public space is a long and tedious process but it’s not unlike any other profession. It takes an idea and a vision and a  lot of work. There are endless details to consider and most importantly, a successful project  always includes really, talented, competent people.

The client requested  a video of my creative process and that was a first for me. It gives a “behind the scenes “ look at what goes on in my studio and explains my working process.

I’d like to thank all the talented and  incredibly competent people who helped me with this project. I couldn’t have done it without their help!

Kathy Davis- Welch Architectural Signage Company –she and her staff put it all together and make it  happen.www.welchusa.com

The Menorah Manor Foundation Staff- they had a vision for a piece of fine art to enhance their beautiful project

Randy Cohen, Richard Rossen- invaluable technical assistance

Blue Green– Videographer and storyteller extraordinaire-www.sceamingreens.com

Taylor and Jeff–  muscles !!

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