It was essential that the work be multi dimensional, not flat. In preparation, I began experimenting with multi-layered substrates to test out how the structure would be built, before leaving for Italy. I wanted to be sure that everything would work out in the limited time frame we would have on site in Ploaghe.
Once I had this figured out, I felt confident that I could execute my plan on site in Sardinia. I'm very happy for that preparation, as it helped everything to move along smoothly one I arrived on site. Here's my completed Symposium work.
"Find Your Own Path and Leave a Trail"
70 x 100 cm - Smalti, dinnerware, ceramic, stone, cork, cork tree bark & sea polished tile
A few months after my return from Sardinia, I was eager to get back to the experimental layered substrate, and finish the work which had played such a significant role in my success at the symposium.
19" x 12" x 3" - Dishes, stone, ceramic, stained glass, fused glass, gold
& mother of pearl shells, on a hand build cementitious substrate.
About a year later, I created yet another from the same series of drawings. There are more drawings in the series, so there may be more on the way.... Which way?
"Which One Way"
20" x 16" - dinnerware, hand made ceramic, vitreous and stained glass
"Choose Wisely" & "Which One Way" are available.
A list of other available works is here.
Please take a look here If you would like to discuss a commission.
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I hope your 2022 has gotten off to a great start!
As the new year began, I decided that for the 1st time in 5 years, I'd schedule a workshop in my home studio in Perdido Key! To my delight & surprise, it sold out in 3 days! I definitely plan to schedule more of those, so If you would like to be on my advance notification list, please let me know. My PK studio workshops will always be limited to 5-6 participants.
Beginning in April I have more workshops scheduled - On the Road Again!
Rockwall (Dallas) @ Hidden Mosaics
April 21 - 24, 2022 (sold out)
April 27 - 30, 2022
May 3 - 6, 2022
More info on in person & online workshops, here.
It was an honor for me to be asked to create an artwork for this project, which will be exhibited at the Skirball Museum in Cincinnati Ohio from Feb. 24 - May 8, 2022.
'From Darkness To Light: Mosaics Inspired By Tragedy', is a collection of 36 mosaic works created in response to and in commemoration of the lives lost in the horrific mass shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh PA in 2018.
My mosaic centers on the word LIFE, CHAI in Hebrew. My simplified version of the tree of life, includes eleven branches, each topped with a golden leaf, to symbolize each of the eleven lives lost on that tragic day. On a more personal note, my father's name, Chaim, is derived from the same root. As a first generation American, daughter of a holocaust survivor, I grew up with a keen awareness of antisemitism, and have always tried my best to eradicate hatred and bigotry from my own life.
Until next time, L'Chaim - To Life!
Much love, Gila
I often turn to my extensive Asian travels for inspiration. This work, "Love Buddha", was derived from photos I shot with my old Nikon FG while traveling in Laos and Cambodia in the late 1990's.
A few of my original source photos & inspiration
One of the things I love most about this piece is it's dimensionality & incorporation of mirror, which casts wonderful light and color around its environs throughout the day and changing seasons. You can see that a bit in this photo from a gallery show.