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Adventures in mosaics : creating pique assiette mosaics from broken china, glass, pottery, and found treasures : perfect projects in 4 easy steps
Lester, Meera.
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Publication Information:
Gloucester, Mass. : Rockport Publishers, [2003]

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126 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 28 cm
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TT910 .L47 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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All the rage in the 1920s, the art of pique assiette is back in vogue all over the world. Literally translated in French as "broken plate," pique assiette uses bits and pieces of a variety of materials--from broken china to stones and shells--to create mosaic-like works of art. "Pique Assiette is the only book artists and crafters of all ability levels will need to master this fun and exciting technique. The first section of the book walks readers step-by-step through choosing and collecting materials, creating designs and patterns, perfecting bonding and grouting techniques, and polishing and displaying finished pieces. Part two features beautiful pique assiette pieces from the simply made to the more elaborate, and lists the techniques and materials used for each along with full-color, step-by-step instructional photos. Each project can be accomplished in only 4 steps! From furniture pieces to accessories and gifts to murals and art, these pique assiette pieces will be admired by high-end collectors and flea-market aficionados alike.

Author Notes

Meera Lester is a writer based in San Jose, California, where she writes books, articles, and screenplays. Also an avid artist, Lester paints in oils and indulges her passion for pique assiette by decorating pots, bird baths, and stepping-stones in her garden
Marsha Janda-Rosenberg has spent more than 30 years studying and creating art in a variety of diverse mediums, ranging from textiles to steel sculpture. Her current focus is mosaics, where she has blended two of her passions -- ceramics and gardening. In her studio kiln, she fires the many fruit-and-vegetable pieces that she then uses in her unique pique assiette works of art. In addition to having her pieces exhibited in galleries around California, Janda-Rosenberg also participates in open studio events and art and wine festivals, teaches classes on pique assiette, and works with customers to create one-of-a-kind designs such as patios, walkways, and murals. Her studio is located in Soquel, California

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 A Short History of Pique Assiette Mosaicsp. 8
Chapter 2 Four Easy Projects to Get You Startedp. 28
Italian Bird Stepping-Stonep. 35
Bonjour Stepping-Stone Signp. 38
Italian Bird Plate/Rooster Saucerp. 43
Decorative Trayp. 46
Chapter 3 Garden and Yard Artp. 50
Pot with Italian Shards and Decorative Braidp. 53
Galvanized Watering Canp. 56
Cement Animalp. 61
Outdoor Muralp. 68
Pea Pod Birdhousep. 73
Chapter 4 Home Accentsp. 76
Wall Rack with Hooksp. 79
Picture or Mirror Framep. 82
Ceramic Tabletop Lampp. 87
Heirloom or Pastel Plates Tablep. 90
Berry Trivetp. 95
Chapter 5 Giftsp. 98
Four Stone Coastersp. 100
Roosters and Sunflowers Kitchen Utensil Caddyp. 102
Heart-shaped Paperweightp. 104
"Tea During Monsoon" Umbrella Standp. 106
Galleryp. 110
Resourcesp. 124
Directory of Contributorsp. 126
About the Authorp. 127
About the Artistp. 127
Acknowledgmentsp. 128