Sophia Othman

Mosaic art & Concrete Sculpture

Posts from the ‘Residential Mosaics’ category

This glass mosaic commission was fun to make. The glass tile colors are a joy to work with.  The client’s home is built on stilts directly on the water just where the Napa River joins to top of the San Pablo Bay.  Pelicans are regular flyers in this area so the mosaic was a way for the client to bring the beauty of these creatures in the heart of the home, the kitchen.  

pelican sunset waves glass mosaic kitchen backsplash by sophia othman bay area mosaic artist
Pelicans flying into sunset over waves - kitchen backsplash for a home along the San Pablo Bay in Vallejo, CA

The pelican glass mosaic backsplash installed with tile trim.  The client installed the panel and added tile trim border around it framing it perfectly.  

Stained glass tile for the backsplash - finalizing the color palette for the mosaic.
Grouting the pieced pelican mosaic panel.
The pelican mosaic panel ready to be installed above the stove.
pelican sunset waves glass mosaic kitchen backsplash by sophia othman bay area mosaic artist
Glass Mosaic Pelican Backsplash - installed.

We had fun with the installed mosaic photo shoot.  I am an avid birdwatcher so it was a delight to create the pelican mosaic for this client.

This sweet kitchen mosaic backsplash was custom glass mosaic backsplash was for a kitchen remodel.   The client, Mrs. Heinz, was remodeling her kitchen and was open to adding a custom mosaic.

This glass mosaic kitchen backsplash was an intense experience in working with a new technique.  I had been introduced to the concept of appliqué anadamento in mosaic in mosaic classes but i had never expected to use it to the extent i did with this mosaic.


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An example of Appliqué Mosaic Andamento is the birds in this design – each part of the bird or subpart is composed of one discrete piece of glass shaped exactly as the element it’s meant to represent.  so the beak is made of one piece of glass shaped like a beak.  The wing is made of of individual and tiny perfectly shaped pieces of glass shaped like feathers.  This way of piecing mosaic is called appliqué technique which borrows its name from the quilting technique of the same name.

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More mosaic appliqué applications!  The roses were also designed so that each petal was cut as a whole piece of glass and so the roses were not made up of broken random shaped glass.  Similarly for the rose vine leaves – they are also done with appliqué mosaic technique but this time with two halves of each leaf cut exactly to the shape it represents so that the grout line left between the pieces becomes the central veining of the leaves. This is a very time consuming way to make mosaic but it provides a unique elegance to the andamento.


The inspiration for this mosaic came from her favorite colors and a gorgeous fabric whose design she treasured. I developed the elements of the fabric design into a mosaic design so that there were discrete pieces of each design element that could be translated to glass.  Here is the original inspiration for the design, on the right of this image is the fabric the client said she adored, and the color scheme that brought her joy.  In the top right are my sketches of birds and rose vines in bloom inspired by her original idea.  The mosaic in progress on the left.

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The background of the mosaic backsplash was pieced with iridescent white glass.  Each piece ends up with a slightly different angle to the light so the viewer sees a subtle iridescence scattered throughout the mosaic backsplash.  The iridescent glass adds a gentle pink warmth to the whole piece which brightens the mood and is a joy to the eye.

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I love to design from forms in nature and this was a lovely project to engage with from a design perspective.  Here is the final in-situ installed roses and birds glass mosaic backsplash.


Mosaic Collage using glass titled Invocation

Mosaic Collage using glass titled Invocation

As part of Vallejo Open Studios i have a piece of art (glass collage/mosaic) on display at the Vallejo Naval Historical Museum through November 23rd, 2013.

This piece is quite magical, super glittery, it is titled ‘ Invocation’.  It’s a prayer in solid form.

natural sunshine on blue glass mosaic countertop

sophia and custom glass mosaic countertop

Custom glass mosaic Commission: art countertops for two cabinets in an outdoor kitchen/grill area in Los Gatos.

My clients were celebrating their 20 year anniversary and we got the mosaic done in time for the party.

28 square feet of mosaic made especially to fit this outdoor eating/lounging living space. The theme for the design was to reflect the idea of water and sunshine, to tie in with the creek that runs through this living space, and connect to the vibrant blues of the indoor kitchen which is on the other side of the windows seen here. We included vibrant shades of blue/turquoise, greens, and copper and gold accents to complement the cool colors.

Contact us to create a gorgeous tempered glass mosaic for your home.

tempered glass mosaic before grouting

tempered glass mosaic before grouting