I made this for my friend Gina. I think it embodies her essence. My son, Mike says it looks like her. It hangs at the foot of the stairs in her home. Made entirely of smalti. It is inspired from the mosaic pieces by artist Irina Charney.
Romeo and Juliet
I think I made this piece in 2007. I saw the picture in the Allentown Morning Call Newspaper and it just spoke to me. Made entirely of Italian smalti.
this is one of the pair of mosaics I made for my son Patrick's behavioral specialist,Nicole when she was expecting her twins. Made entirely of smalti.
I made this for my aesthetician, Cheryl, years ago. She has been the recipient of many of my pieces. We barter. I don't tip her. I just make her pieces.
Made entirely of smalti. Somewhere in my files have the artist print that was my inspiration for this piece. It was built around the bejeweled being int he cobalt blue circle at the end of the branch. Michele Lynche is the artist who made that piece of jewelry.
Little Umbrella Girl
Made entirely of smalti. I have no clue where the inspiration for this piece came. I made in 2007 and the title escapes me at the moment.
I made this for my cousin Joann. She cooks for Christmas and I create art for her. Made entirely of smalti. Inspiration was a vintage greeting card.
Part of a mosaic challenge I did years ago...."song title." From the Beatles song "Lovely Rita ,Meter Maid." Made entirely of smalti.
What You See
This piece hangs in Twisted Scissors Salon in Whitehall, Pennsylvania. Inspired by a piece done by Irina Charney, one of my favorite mosaic artist's. Made of smalti and mirror glass.
I made this for my friend, Krista who loves polar bears.
Twisted Scissors Salon Commission #1
This piece was one of my first commissions by Cherie of Twisted Scissors Salon. Hangs on their wall at the manicure station along with it's twin.
Twisted Scissors Twin
Twin commission piece to Twisted Scissors Salon. My first commission piece. Both pieces were hung by my contractor,Simock Construction. Rick Simock is absolutely the BEST!
Made as part of a class taught by Martin Cheek in St. Augustine, Florida in 2011. The idea was to build a mosaic around glass fusions. The remainder of the tesserae is smalti.
I built this piece around the reindeer on the left created by Michele Lynche. Made os smalti and fused glass.
Amanda's at the Lounge
I made this piece for my god daughter Amanda upon her graduation from Moravian College. Made of smalti and rimmed with gems.
This was my first attempt at an icon. Made of Italian smalti, it was an ordination gift for Father Stokes. He was very influential in my son Michael's teenage life.
I made this a few years ago on vacation at our camp in upstate New York. I challenged myself to take a bunch of materials from my studio, and had to use them in the design. I had to work with what I had on hand as opposed to running to the shelf to find something new. made of smalti, mirror glass, cabochons, and millefiori.
Christmas At the Pond
Made entirely of smalti. This inspiration for this piece is a photograph from our dock in our camp in upstate New York. I made it for my husband for Christmas which hung in his office for many years.
I made this in my second workshop at Orsoni in Venice, Italy with the help of Antonella Gallenda. The inspiration for this piece was a photo I had taken the year before when I was on the island of Murano as part of mosaic tour/class with Gina Hubler. My travel companion, Roxy, is is the green shirt. Made entirely of Orsoni smalti.
This is a pic before framing. Currently resides in our camp at Sandy Pond, NY. One of my first pieces with glass fusions I made in my kiln. the remainder is smalti.
Tree of Wishes
I made this mosaic after reading The Night Circus, by Erin Morgenstern. Loved this book. Made of smalti, mirror glass, jewelry bits and marble. I critique I have is that the tree gets lost in the dark blue, not enough contrast. Learned I should color in my cartoon drawings so I can see contrast, if not working form an actual photo. This one was in my head.
Autumnal Castle & Spring Castle
I know I gave these as gifts to people I knew who were expecting "baby girls." There are two more in the batch but where the pictures are is beyond me. Made entirely of smalti. One subject is a princess, the other an angel. Both are heading to their castle. Notice the castle in the clouds verses the mountain top.
Another attempt at flower glass fusions. Remainder of tesserae is smalti.
I thought this commission turned out exceptionally well. I free handed the design without computer imaging. Worked on the lettering for days! made entirely of smalti. Large panel. I would say 24" x 36' or so.
I made a series of these trees for christmas presents a few years ago.
Sittin' on the Moon
This is a 12" x 12" piece was commissioned by my god daughter Amanda. She has a friend who was expecting and coveted all the pieces I give to Amanda just because.....
I made this for a friend of mine who remarried. We reconnected thru Facebook. We had to worked together in the ICU at Allentown Osteopathic Hospital many years ago. Made of Italian smalti, millefiori, ceramic tiles and glass gems.
More attempts at flower fusions in my kiln. Turned out a lot darker than i anticipated. Contrast is an ongoing learning experience.
Mother & Child
My second attempt at an icon though this was inspired by a Christmas Card from my husband's cousin, Kathy Risley. It is made of Italian and Mexican smalti. I think it captures the love a mother has for her child. It currently hangs in the Rectory of St. Joseph the Worker Parish in Orefield, Pennsylvania.
Over the Rainbow
This was inspired from the autumnal Little Umbrella Girl. The tree and the little girl were to be in silhouette, with her standing on a field of gold. which is actually gold smalti.
First attempt at a dog.
This piece was inspired by the mosaic work of Jacki Sowers. It was built around the white porcelain flowers which I bought at TJ Maxx in the clearance section. I am my worse critic but would change some elements of the design no that it has been completed.
Second attempt at a dog.
Gloria & John
I created this mosaic from a black and white photograph of my parents. My Mother is 86 years old. I involved her in the creation of the mosaic by having her look at the Orsoni sample board for smalti and pick the colors of her dress, car and my Dad's clothes. this was taken when they were newlyweds, unencumbered by the daily stress of life.
Vic's in Italy
I made this my husband's boss, Vic Lopiano when he worked for PPL.
I did this just for fun.
Large Flowered Panel
Another attempt at fused glass flowers but on a larger scale. Currently framed hanging in family room.
This piece was commission by son Mike, for his boss ,Carl Grega for Christmas in 2014. Currently, my son is employed at Carl's Service Center in Slatington, Pennsylvania as head of maintenance. The headlights are glow in the dark gems.
Baby Shower Gift for Brian and Nicole
This is a baby shower gift for the young man I babysat when I was a teenager. He was the first infant I held and the first diaper I ever changed. Couple is expecting their first child. I used their shower invitation as a design. Just changed the background. Made of smalti, stained glass and millefiori.
Madonna and Child II
This is a commission piece for St. Cecilia's Parish in Adams, NY. They are celebrating their 60th anniversary as a parish. Father Marty contacted me regarding such. I had already begun this as a challenge to see how my style has changed over the past few years.
Made for my god daughter's brother, Josh Sutter, because I start a piece for him and they end up having flowers. Hopefully, this piece makes up for it. made entirely of smalti and edged with glass tiles.
38" x 23" The largest mirror I have completed. It is a mixture of smalti, stained glass, mirror glass, tumbled glass pebbles, tumbled glass shards, jewelry, marble. glass fusions, tiny tiles,crushed shells, pyrite and jewelry.
Fused Flowers made in my kiln using a 3 part firing process. Very simple. I really liked how this one turned out.
I made these for the Ben Yorgie Event in July. Kind of mirror images of one another. It is difficult to photograph mirrors. I use natural light. These were placed on my concrete patio. they are actually gray with yellow grout but does not pick up in the photo.
Shamrock Mirror for the Pond
I needed a mirror for the spare bedroom at Sandy Pond. The shamrocks are actually hearts arranged in a shamrock patter. I made the hearts using the freeze and fuse method in my kiln.
Mirror for my Niece Jodi
Experimenting with shamrocks and the freeze and fuse method.. No better person to receive this gift than my niece.
20" Square Mirror commissioned by my daughter for her friend Courtney. She Said to Kate, " I don't care what you get me for a wedding gift, as long as your Mom makes it!" Wish granted. But alas, the wedding didn't happen and has been indefinitely postponed. The mirror was gifted to the LoveRunsRed Foundation for a fundraiser they are having in November 2016.
This was a redo. Added some antennae to the bugs. I started this mirror with another design plan. 2/3 of the way completed, I chipped off every tile because I disliked where the design was headed. I had made these glass fusions for a mirror class that never happened. The green swirls I made in my kiln just for fun.
Raffle ticket Item for St. Joseph the Worker CraftFest in November 2016.
Here Comes the Sun
Whimsical Mirror that was totally unplanned and made from odds and ends in my Studio. 20.5" square.
Bouquet of Blue
14" square mirror
Birds in a Cherry Blossom Tree
All these little pink circles were hand cut with glass nippers. size is 14" square.
Mirror for St. Joseph CraftFest
Trying to incorporate found objects into the mirror. The Choir singers are vintage XMas tree ornaments from the 1950's which is what the piece was built around.
XMas Mirror for St. Cecelia's Catholic Church
Father Martin asks and I deliver. XMas Bazaar item for St. Cecelia's Catholic Church in Adams, NY / Mary Queen of Heaven Henderson, NY. Sister parishes we frequent during our summer months at Sandy Pond. This piece was built around the vintage angel ornaments from the 1950's.
I made this years ago for my daughter's orchestra teacher, Karen Creeden at Parkland High School. My daughter Kate was a cellist.
First attempt at sculpture.
One of my many pots and one of my favorites.
This piece was commissioned by my friend Suzanne Duell.
I made this for my friend ,Rose Sibilia. Our boys grew up together. She obliterated me at Scrabble.
My Mom's Lamp
My mom needed a new lamp for her bedroom.Broken china and cup handles. I embellished the shade with beaded trim..
Jim Sui's Sister
Jim Sui is my Reiki guide. These are his sisters. Found objects from the Pier 1 Clearance section. Currently, they dwell in my china Cabin.
This is the dress I made at Sue Wechsler's dress Workshop.Currently, hangs in my Mom's sitting room
I found this metal flower Sculpture at Michael's and mosaiced the flowers to match the quilt in my Mom's bedroom.
Another gift for my god-daughter Amanda. Large glass vessel I found at TJMaxx on clearance.
I won a partially mosaiced dress form from Sue Wechsler. I didn't like the black and gold color tesserae so I removed it. This is the front of the dress.
First Dress Form (front)
This is the first dress from I made by myself. Using the previous one I had won as an example. I bought the decorative iron form at Hobby Lobby. I then covered it with sculpting mesh and rigid wrap, a type of plaster. Coated the entire thing with Wellbond glue and then added the tesserae.
First Dress Form (back)
I made the bowling pin just for fun. I was playing with different size shapes in between projects.
My Kitchen Utensil Holder
I made this kitchen utensil holder for my newly remodeled kitchen.
Bruce (side A)
I made this sculpture for my esthetician Cheryl Madeira. Over the years I have made her things rather than tipping her. My husband dubbed the sculpture "Bruce."
Kaityln ( Side B)
The other side of the sculpture.
This was a gift for Paige Sibilia. And I have no clue where I came up with this idea. I think I had some old ceramic doll parts in my stash and was Like "What am I going to do with these?"
It's All in the Details. I bought these decorative metal angel wings at Hobby Lobby and covered them sculpting wire mesh and Rigid Wrap, as I did with the dress form. These literally evolved.
This is what I did with a percolator that no longer "Perked."
Top of Percolator
Abandoned beads, porcelain and ceramic roses.
What to do with a percolator that no longer "Perks." This was a challenge especially and the handle and spout. Tessserae includes: jewelry, stained glass, glass tiles, beads, mirror glass, noodles, and mirror.
I bought this wooden tree from Marshall's on clearance. Has been hanging around my studio for abput 2 years. The Christmas balls are glass fusions and the garland is a necklace.
Side View of Tree
This tree was a challenge to grout.
Backside of Tree
Martini's for Amanda
I found this glass at Marshalls. The tesserae is fused glass scraps that were tac fused in my kiln. Birthday Gift for my god daughter Amanda. The Gold ribbon at the base is a vintage jewelry broach.
Embracing The Tender Heart
I was not really sure where to put this one. It's a clock made for my friend, Dr. Regina Bogle who recently published her first book. This is the book cover represented in a clock. And so appropriate because she always as issues with "time." It is made of stained glass and millefiori.
Mosaic dress for Amanda
The tesserae used in this piece was also used in the large vase/vessel on this page. It is a present for my Goddaughter on her 29th Birthday. The waistband is a gold tone necklace I bought almost 20 years ago. The blue gems at the waistband glow in the dark. Size is about 22 inches x 18 inches at the widest point. I made the form from sculpting wire mesh, rigid wrap and styrofoam.
Palm Tree Micromosaic
This is my third Micromosaic. It is made of glass beads, tiny shells, wire, tumbled stones, fillati, and the moon is a silver charm. the size is 2.5" x 3.5"
Joann's XMas Tree
I made this as a gift for my cousin Joann Wischner. She cooks for Christmas and I create. 2.5" x3.5" Made of marble, millefiori, smalti, glass beads, crystals and glass pebbles.
Diana's Birthday Cake
I made this for my dear friend Diana Janny's birthday. I gave her a painted pink cane a few years back so I had to top it. I have a few more years until she hits 60. Maybe I will mosaic a walker for her. The size is 2.5" x 3.5" Made of wire, stained glass, smalti and glass beads.
I made these in a series. I was playing with with glass in my kiln.
Series of Three
The idea behind this series was to find a fused piece of glass and build around it. Size is 2.5" x 3.5"
I made this set from a print. A gift for my husband's nephew's wife, Terri Gardner for her Birthday.
Mom's Coffee Table
This was my Mom's coffee Table that I rescued from the attic years ago.
This is the third in a series of garden benches. VERY HEAVY! The tiles are Chinese tiles I bought in Chinatown in SanFrancisco, California.
I made this for my niece, Jodi years ago. I picture of her house , her and her husband Scott love to snowmobile. Lastly, their dog Kally in tow, who has since passed.
I bought these wall pockets at a flea market and built a mosaic around them.
This dresser was left in the retro trailer off Lake Ontario, we bought Sandy Pond, New York. I refurbished it and it now sits in my addition.
I made this lamp for my Mom for Mother's Day, years ago. Mad e of broken china.
I made this for my daughter Katie. Made of broken china.
This sits at the top of my stairs in my home. Thank goodness my son is strong because this piece is VERY HEAVY! Made of ceramic tiles.
I bought this bench over ten years ago. Was just too plain for my liking so I turned it into a mosaic. Sits at the top of the stairs in my home. made of glass tiles and glass fusions.
This s a rescued window pane. Made of stained glass and glass fusions and grouted. I had fairly light behind it to illuminate it at night but have since removed it from my wall.
Another Repurposed Window
I have yet to hang this piece. Made of stained glass and glass fusions, than grouted.
I bought this wire sculpture at Michael's in clearance section. Tumbled stones were attached to the leavers with clear epoxy.
Our trailer window was badly in need of replacement because of hazing. So over the summer(2015) I turned it into a mosaic using stained glass, glass fusions and gems. I used a silicone epoxy to attach to the window and then, grouted and sealed.
This window is the window to "nowhere" in our vacation trailer. It opens to the addition which was added years later. I had leftover glass from the other window so i decided to do this. Again, stained glass and glass fusions. Attached with silicone epoxy , grouted and then sealed.
Hooks and More Hooks
Glass fusions and stained glass. Where we hand our hats in the trailer at the Pond.
Baby Sarah's Treasure Chest
The previous three pictures are of the sides and front of the treasure chest I made for Sarah Rosenbloom. Her Mother ,Verona Malitz Rosenbloom has been my sons' speech therapist for many years when they were school age. Verona's home is full of my "treasures."
Time for Tea
Or maybe coffee in my case. I rescued this cup from a scratch and dent at Home goods. Turned it into a mosaic using stained and mirror glass, jewelry, tiles, and glass fusions. currently, hangs in my newly remodeled kitchen.
I rescued this from one of my "haunts" for lost things found. It was missing many of the gems/ pearls that were in the skirt of the figure. The remainder was in excellent condition. So I pryed them off and attached glass gems I made in my kiln. Currently, resides in my Mom's bedroom.
Another rescued Lamp
I bought this lamp base at St. Joseph the Worker's Flea Market at their summer picnic. The base is fused glass, and the mosaic is glass gems, stained glass, and broken china. Currently, lives in out trailer at the Pond, in upstate NY.
For my Mom
I made these for my Mom who said to me "You know, that wall's empty!" Hint Hint. An experiment of sorts. I bout the cobalt blue vase wall pockets at one of my haunts. The gold around the necks of the vases is an old necklace. I tried to give the flowers some dimensions by cutting along the inner rim of the china dishes. The blue background is damaged scrap glass I purchase at Warners. The other flowers are glass fusions I made in my kiln. The size is about 10" x 20".
Repurposed Dresser #2
Dresser purchased at one of my haunts for $25. Refinished after mosaic applied. Made with stained glass, glass and ceramic tiles, mirror glass, jewelry and glass fusions.
Side of Dresser
Other Side of Dresser
Scrap Mirror Glass
What to do do with bits and pieces of mirror glass? As an artist I do not like to throw away anything. it can always be repurposed.
These are new endeavors. Glass vessel bought a Hobby Lobby. Whole drilled into the back to allow for the insertion of fairy lights. Glass tesserae is made from scrap glass that is fired in the kiln.
Improved Pier One
Bought these plain glass candle holders at Pier One on clearance. Lost in my studio for a year or two. Applied tesserae which are scrap pieces of glass fused in my kiln. Currently, sitting on my mantel.
Half Cup 1
Half Cup 2
Half Cup 3
Half Cup 4
Half Cup 5
Half Cup 6
Half Cup 7
Half Cup 8
Bought this lamp at our church flea market for $5.
Stained Glass & Such
Various pieces of mosaic using primarily stained glass.
Carol Shelkin's WorkShop
Beyond challenged. Gifted instructor.
Gift for Katie RosenBloom
Verona has recieved some of my work. Found a good home for this piece.
Katie Rosenbloom's sheep which accompany the large panel.
I did these switch plates just for fun.
What to do with Scrap mirror glass.
Small Angel Plaque
Small Angel Plaque
6.5 " square
Small Angel Plaque
6.5 " square
Two Panel's For My Mom
My Husband replaced the light bar and the cabinet in my Mom's Bathroom. As not to make more work for myself, I made 2 mosaic panels to go aside the new cabinet to cover up the wholes in the paneling. These are about 8" x 30" Edged in glass tiles. The vase was a pair I bought a thrift shop and cut in half with my tile saw. The flowers a fused glass that I made in my kiln. The remaining tesserae is glow in the dark tiles, china, stained glass, tiny tiles and millefiori.
i found these stakes when i was looking for pink tesserae in my studio. Filled with leftovers form Bloomin' Heart.
L is for Laura
Tessera includes glass tiles which edge the piece, stained glass, glass fusions, mirror glass and jewelry.
Q is for Quinn
I wanted the letters to grow with the baby. I love the idea of the sheep floating on the clouds.
W is for Wischner
New House Sign
My old House sign is 10 years old. Remade this one using silicone glue, mirror glass, stained glass and ceramic tile. Let's see how long it lasts. Under a porch roof but weather here can be brutal.
Christmas Present for my son Mike
Pins collected thru our family vacations over the years become the focal points of this initial M.
K is for Katie
XMas present for my daughter Kate.
P is for Patrick
My autistic adult son loves Disney! Hence, the mouse ears.
I have made a couple of these lamps. The glass is cut and tac fused in my kiln to round out the edges. Fairy lights inside. Love the effect!
Fused Glass Art
12 Inch Square dish
Nine Inch Square dish. Puddles and cabochons arranged a top of piece of clear glass and fused.
Did someone day Retro?
Six inch square Dish with dichroic accents.
Stack method atop opaque white. Eight inch square.