Maria Headrick, another of our delightful artist donors, is giving us a glimpse into the world of her artwork. See below her interview and view some pictures of her engaging mosaic pieces.
What is your background/how did you get started in your medium?
Ten years ago I found a book on Mosaics in the public library and instantly fell in love. I began making items for my home, then to give as gifts. I was part of an online community of mosaic artists and I began to sell hand cut stained glass tiles for use in mosaic work to other artists. The following year my online retail mosaic supply business was born - Mosaics By Maria .
I continue to create and sell my own art while providing other artists products and advice for their own mosaic work.
What effect are you trying to have on people through your art?
I love how mosaic work refuses to be rushed. Every piece must be carefully chosen and laid. There is a meditative quality to mosaic work, you must get into a rhythm. I also fell in love with the variety of gals, mirror and tiles available to work with.
Early in my career I was lucky enough to be mentored by Sonia King and Laurel Skye, two mosaic teachers who have since become revered in the mosaic world. They are both gifted teachers and have published books on mosaic techniques.
What was your first piece of art you created and what inspired it?
A mosaic mirror with an Egyptian design. I was inspired by a stained glass panel I had seen at an art show.
What are some of your favorite projects?
My favorite project to date is a mosaic guitar. I also love some of the birdbaths I have created. There is something wonderful about taking an ordinary object and making it into a piece of art!
What are you working on right now?
I am currently working on a series of 6" X 6" panels that are reminiscent of small tapestries or rugs. I am having fun trying new color and tile combinations and the challenge of working on such a small surface.
I recently opened a studio in the Harris Arcade, suite #103. We have a mosaic gallery, supplies and classes.
Please come and see Maria's work up for auction at Taste Full Beans Coffee House and Gallery.