THE ART OF POTTERY, CERAMICS & GLASS
She has traveled to Massachusetts and Western Wisconsin to study with accomplished mosaic artists and learn new techniques, including the construction of 3D concrete structures as a base for her mosaic designs.
Her mosaics incorporate stained glass, vitreous glass tiles, jewelry, shells, rocks, broken dishes, and any durable “found” object that fits her theme. She especially enjoys designs that reflect the natural beauty of Northern Minnesota. The beauty of the birds, trees, flowers, water, and sky provide constant inspiration. Each new piece begins as a blank slate – a challenging puzzle to assemble – and then as the pieces come together, the picture emerges. Colleen finds it to be a fascinating and fulfilling process.
She also likes the durability of mosaic once it’s completed and this is reflected in the variety of items she produces – wall art (to place indoors or outdoors), garden art, and upcycled furniture. She also offers custom mosaic designs to be permanently installed as a kitchen or bathroom backsplash, a fireplace surround, in a shower, and so on.
Her pots are wheel-thrown and altered using a variety of techniques. They are bisque fired, glazed and then fired again in an electric kiln to a temperature of over 2,200 degrees. They are all food, oven and microwave safe. If you break one, don’t fret. Just throw it away (or build a mosaic stepping stone for your garden) and get a new one!
According to Linda, “To see a beautiful pot is a wonder, to touch a beautiful pot is a gift, to use a beautiful pot is a blessing, and to make a beautiful pot is just a necessary lifetime pursuit.”