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Powder Room Heart Mirror

Powder Room Heart Mirror

Who has the prettiest powder room of all?  Mine is all about Hearts & Flowers. Heavy on the hearts. I do love hearts and don’t care if others think they’re sappy or corny ~ they express what you want to say when mere words aren’t enough. When I hand you a heart shaped object, I’m giving you my heart.  I’ve always drawn & collected them & cherish those given to me.

Each heart shape in the mirror was hand cut & arranged until I liked the color transitions, shape placement and overall look.  The glass shop guy who cut the mirror for my heart frame still tells me that this was the most creative mirror frame he’s ever seen!  Unsure how to hang it, he suggested we drill holes into the mirror & screw it directly onto the wall, so that’s what I did.  The screws are covered with mirrored ‘rosettes’ – one at the bottom & two at the top.

An avid gardener, I also love flowers.  And the birds that come along to eat the seeds and drink the nectar.  So, instead of cropping to show you just the mirror, I left in the goldfinch I did with pastels a few years ago.  The wall pocket is filled with an assortment of fresh cut flowers from my garden.  The blue hearts within hearts was a gift for my husband one Valentine Day.

In case anyone’s wondering about my wall treatment. It’s 2 shades each of pink, purple, turquoise, yellow, and spring green sponge painted on. Yes, it took FOREVER to do, but I wanted it to remind me of a field of flowers. And so it does. You can see the corner of a wall-hanging from my former life as a fiber artist in the mirror’s reflection, depicting a field of flowers.

 

Also in the reflection, you can see my curio cabinet filled with treasures I’ve collected, mostly from friends & mentors, but plenty of other things near to my heart.  Rather than strain your eyes, here it is.  Difficult to see details through the sliding doors, so one door open, one door not: 

 

Curio

Curio

I made all the hearts, mostly as gifts for my husband, including kilncarved (top left), cast (lowest shelf center, mostly obscured from the doors), tacked and fully fused as well as hand sculpted hearts from glass paste.  You can see vases from Fields and Fields, Alex Farnham, a horse from Newy Fagan, a leaf from Deb Williams, and an assortment of  ‘memories’…  The cast piece on the lowest shelf, suggesting a tree trunk with arms reaching out was made for an art show at Columbia Art Gallery a couple years ago reflecting death & dying.  Not a dark or depressing statement, but free and released from worldly pain.  The story behind it & how I made it will have to be a future post.

Reflections

June 7, 2009

 

Reflection of Tub Surround Tiles

Reflection of Tub Surround Tiles

Thanks to my life long friend, Paula, for suggesting I include a couple pieces from the architectural side of my work.  This is my main bathroom, for which I spent one summer making the tiles and mirror.  Due to the size of the tiles, 9″ x 12″,  I could only fire four at a time in two kilns.  The installation is comprised of 79 tiles that are each three layers of glass.  The color choices reflect my surroundings in the Pacific Northwest’s Columbia River Gorge, with a small square of purple dichroic glass dancing through the design for sparkle.  

It’s difficult to see the detail in the photo above, because my bathroom is so small that it’s impossible to get a good photo of the entire installation!  You can see only a portion of the tiles through the mirror & shower doors.  The combined tiles are designed ‘bargello’ style, all fitting together in a rhythmic pattern that make me smile during each and every shower.

The mirror reflects the color and quilt-like style, but for variation on the theme, I simply made 1″ squares & placed them in gradated colors.  My kiln wouldn’t accomodate the size I needed, so I made it in two parts, connected at the top and bottom with separate 3″ x 4″ tiles.

I had my original drawing for the installer to view as he installed, taped to a nearby wall.  I also had the tiles numbered according to where they went.  Then to make it easier for him, I drew it out on a large grid and taped the grid to the wall next to the installation.  Don’t you know he put in one wall backwards!  I won’t go into the details of my angst and subsequent conversations with the installer, but have learned to live with it.  Fortunately it’s the back wall and not evident to anyone other than the designer.  Below is the layout just after installation (minus the bottom row), each of three walls photographed separately & photoshopped together into a flat plane.

Steider-bath-tiles

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