My first degree is in Geology, i have a lifelong love of rocks. My love of the beauty of the natural world was my guiding passion in choosing Geology as my subject for university. I chose to decorate a natural rock with a mosaic that is an ode to dragonflies and their iridescent beauty. I used glass tile in gentle green and gray and white colors, some with iridescence. I chose a design mimicking the layering of sedimentary rocks and how animal fossils end up petrified in rocks. The central green ceramic dragonfly was cut from a broken pottery plate i had been keeping to use in mosaic art. It has finally found a home as a utilitarian geological mosaic art piece. The rock serves as a soothing point of beauty in a garden and also as a small seat.My love of the beauty of the natural world was my guiding passion in choosing Geology as my subject for university.
The greens grays and browns of this garden mosaic rock seat blend gently with a natural setting. Dragonflies have enchanted me all my life. Their iridescent wings, their magical flight patterns, jagged, powerful for such a small creature, and yet still elegant. They are formidable predators in the insect world, gorgeous yet deadly. They are helper insects as they eat mosquitoes so they are an important part of the natural mosquito abatement.
Glistening raindrops add magic to the iridescent and shine of the mosaic pieces.
This rock weighed close to 200 pounds so i was able to work on it in my studio using a hydraulic heavy duty cart so. This way i could stand comfortably while i pieced the mosaic. A wet tile saw or ring saw is useful to make curved cuts in ceramic tile.
The glass and iridescence add a touch of magic to the art piece. The pebbles add a grounding element to the mosaic’s design.