|Sketch of landscape and selecting glass for mosaic|
|Glass selection laid out on cutting table|
|Grouting the glass mosaic|
|The hand cut glass pieces forming flowers laid out waiting to be glued in place before grouting.|
|The finished glass mosaic trompe l'oeil panel installed in the client's wine cellar.|
The history of mosaic goes back some 4,000 years or more, with the use of terracotta cones pushed point-first into a background to give decoration. By the eighth century BC, there were pebble pavements, using different coloured stones to create patterns, although these tended to be unstructured decoration. It was the Greeks, in the four centuries BC, who raised the pebble technique to an art form, with precise geometric patterns and detailed scenes of people and animals.
By 200 BC, specially manufactured pieces ("tesserae") were being used to give extra detail and range of colour to the work. Using small tesserae, sometimes only a few millimetres in size, meant that mosaics could imitate paintings. Many of the mosaics preserved at, for example, Pompeii were the work of Greek artists.
This project involved the process of hand cutting the pieces from sheets of hand made colored glass. These were laid out to create a trompe l'oeil landscape view of my client's family home in Europe where the vine yards for the well known Riesling wine are grown. After the work was completed it was installed in their wine cellar giving the impression of brightly lite window with a view from the castle on the hill.