Mosaic Artist and Instructor: James Schlichting , By Nancy Niggel
MSoP - Mosaic Society of Philadelphia
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3M ago
Creating art, building, and community engagement have always been part of James’s life. And what a life! He has been a roughneck on oil rigs; a set carpenter in Hollywood; an event organizer of the Pittsburgh Arts Festival; and designer, builder, and driver of Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade floats. He is also the catalyst for many fantastic community mosaics that involved hundreds of volunteers for the city of Philadelphia, the Overbrook Environmental Center, and the City of Camden. Truly, a life well-lived. James is now a retired Vocational Ed teacher from the Philadelphia School Distr ..read more
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Mosaic Artist and Instructor: Aya Kinoshita, By Nancy Niggel
MSoP - Mosaic Society of Philadelphia
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3M ago
Current member of the Mosaic Society of Philadelphia Aya’s background includes working with performance and visual artists; and teaching as well as researching art museum management and cultural anthropology. She began making mosaics in California while on sabbatical from her teaching in Japan. Her style varies with what she is working on and what material she uses. Most of her work is commission-based, ranging from large murals to small pendants. No matter what she is making, she enjoys the creative process and the discovery upon completion. She adds that it’s always very special to create ..read more
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Mosaic Artist and Instructor: Yulia Hanansen, by Nancy Niggel
MSoP - Mosaic Society of Philadelphia
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3M ago
Member and workshop instructor for the Mosaic Society of Philadelphia Yulia opened her mosaic studio shortly after graduating from art school. She has been creating mosaics, doing commission work, and teaching mosaics ever since. Yulia is a master of many styles and skilled in using several types of tesserae. She creates mosaics for indoor and outdoor spaces. Florals, landscapes, and abstracts are her favorites; especially abstract wall art as she loves beautiful sweeping andamento and the ability to include stone, smalti, stained glass, and glass rods. Yulia is constantly looking for new way ..read more
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Mosaic Artist and Instructor: Carol Shelkin, by Nancy Niggel
MSoP - Mosaic Society of Philadelphia
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4M ago
Founding member of the Mosaic Society of Philadelphia, past president, and current member After attending Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Carol became a painter and potter before beginning mosaics. Her shift to mosaics is the perfect niche for her love of color, tactile nature, and artistic background. Mosaics allow her to “paint with glass” as her vision evolves using stained glass and millefiori in her mosaics to create her specialty, portraiture, and offer commissions. She especially likes working in stained glass using an impressionistic style. Carol’s teaching method is to unders ..read more
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Mosaic Artist and Instructor: Laura Lyn Stern, by Nancy Niggel
MSoP - Mosaic Society of Philadelphia
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4M ago
Former board member and current member of the Mosaic Society of Philadelphia Laura Lyn’s background is in textiles and ceramic design. Her first encounter with mosaics was during a grad school project - 4-foot-high teacups covered in handmade tiles. After grad school, she focused on metaphoric and figurative sculptures of functional ceramic pieces, slip-cast tableware, and open-faced molds for hand-pressed tiles. Laura Lyn describes her style as abstract and narrative. She works on custom commissions for clients using handmade ceramics, cast glass, stained glass, and tile. As a teacher, she s ..read more
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Mosaic Artist and Instructor: Carol Stirton-Broad
MSoP - Mosaic Society of Philadelphia
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4M ago
Founding member of the Mosaic Society of Philadelphia, and member of the Education Committee Carol has a degree in ceramics from Tyler School of Art, and mosaics have been part of her artwork for a long time. She began by incorporating mosaics in her tile-making and glasswork. This allowed her to enjoy multimedia projects. She is a versatile artist, able to work on large and small-scale mosaics, and easily meets her clients’ expectations. She enjoys pushing the boundaries, taking risks, and exploring new techniques. Her current work incorporates reclaimed materials, and she is relishing the c ..read more
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Mosaic Artist and Instructor: Claire Brill
MSoP - Mosaic Society of Philadelphia
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5M ago
Mosaic Artist and Instructor: Claire Brill Former board member and current member of the Mosaic Society of Philadelphia, and head of the Education Committee Claire has a background in education and experience working with artist residencies to create large-scale installations. She enjoys working from her home studio. Her mosaic style varies depending on what she’s making, and she loves bright colors and a little bit of whimsy. One of her favorite pieces is a 3D indented orb entitled “Loss”. She feels it is well done and conveys the exact emotion intended. Her current mosaic project is a series ..read more
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"Three Generations of Artistic Women" by Marcy Rosner
MSoP - Mosaic Society of Philadelphia
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9M ago
Painting by Fran Silberfeld A very special show will be on exhibit at the Cosmopolitan Club in Philadelphia next month. My mosaics will be shown along with by my mom’s (Fran Silberfeld) paintings and pastels and my daughter’s (Brienne Rosner) jewelry and mixed media wall pieces. My initial connection with the Club was through MSOP. One of their gallery committee members saw my “Breathe” piece at the annual show in Chestnut Hill in March 2022. She invited me to participate in a rotating exhibit showcasing three other artists. Wondering if this was something I should pursue, I forwarded her ema ..read more
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"Mosaic Melodies" by Marcy Rosner
MSoP - Mosaic Society of Philadelphia
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1y ago
Susan Allen, a member of MSOP, has found her passion: Mosaics. She is a trained scientist and physician who has found her healing art. She is amazed at the beauty that can be created during difficult times in life. I had the pleasure of speaking with her about her latest exhibit and her true source of pleasure. Susan’s current work is on exhibit at the Art League of Ocean City, Maryland, for the month of May. In her words, “This exhibition is dedicated to the concepts of repurposing and re-creation.” She was thrilled with the opening reception on May 5, when about 150 people attended. She rece ..read more
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"The Francis House Project – Mosaics, Management, and a Heartfelt Experience" by Nancy Niggel
MSoP - Mosaic Society of Philadelphia
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1y ago
Four mosaic quilts designed by Carol Hemsley and Carol Stirton-Broad for the lobby of Francis House. I recently had the pleasure of a conversational interview with Carol Hemsley and Carol Stirton-Broad. They are longtime friends, founding members of the Mosaic Society of Philadelphia (MSoP), and epic collaborators. We talked about their most recent project - four fantastic mosaic panels installed in the lobby of Francis House. Located on the campus of St. Ignatius Nursing & Rehab Center in West Philadelphia, Francis House is a 60-unit facility administered by the Felician Franciscan Sist ..read more
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