Last night started the first of three, 2-hour sessions of Intermediate Mosaics as part of the Adult Ed Program at Keith Valley Middle School. 6 ladies joined us on their way to discoverying designs and style for a 10×10″ framed mirror. Using paper templates and all the stained glass and embellishments we could carry from my home close to an hour away to the classroom in Horsham, they browsed through some books for inspiration, drew out a design, took notes, picked a palette and looked through the stained glass. My lovely assistant for the evening was my daughter, Tara, who provided the photos below.

Next week they will have the opportunity to score and nip their glass pieces choices and start gluing their design down on the wood. It was, once again, wonderful to watch them think through the process and by the end of the two hours have the ideas for their new mosaic.

Here in the studio, my 10×10″ wooden framed mirror donation piece for April 2011’s Doctors Without Borders’ online auction & exhibit coordinated entirely by Lin Schorr (, has been “glassed”. Once grouted I will share the final product before it heads out to Michigan where it will live until then.

There are a few leads in finding new places to give mosaics basics classes and as they develop I will definitely share them.

In case you missed last Friday’s announcement, GNAL ( has chosen me as their “Artist of the Month” for October. It’s quite humbling to have been asked and I thank them.

Monday’s blog will include the newest Etsy Treasury link. There’s some great choices in this one and it is perfect for this time of year!

Have a wonderfully creative week!