Wednesday, September 4, 2013

The Story Behind the Art: Coffee or Tea? Part 1

Coffee or Tea?

When people see this mosaic for the first time they almost always zero in on the half-mug and ask “How did you get the mug to break like that?”

Well, funny you should ask, because that’s how this whole thing started.

It was an ordinary day in the neighborhood. The mug, in its intact state, was innocently resting on the kitchen counter. I opened the door of the cupboard above it and KABAM! Something – I don’t even remember what – fell out of the cupboard onto the mug and split it neatly into two pieces.

This happened 3 or 4 years ago. I had done enough mosaics to know that there was a project (or projects!) to be born from the wreckage. The two mug pieces went out into the garage to reside in one of the bins of dinnerware awaiting slaughter. In the interim other mosaic projects were conceived and completed. I never forgot about the mug pieces.

By the way, I have since learned that you can buy mug halves. If you’d like to use half a mug in your own mosaic or other project, they can be found on Etsy and on mosaic supply websites.

If you had half a mug, what would you do with it?

How did I decide what to do with mine? Stay tuned …


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