I have been collecting my brother John's beautiful ceramic pieces for years. Often they are things he would not approve of me using as he does not sell many rejects- he smashes them, as his standards are so very high. I rescue some pieces when I can. Of course I do have pieces that were once perfect too. Things do break. After some effort, I trained everyone not to throw any broken thing away, although I still lost a few pieces due to family ruffians and ignorant people in my living space.
One quiet Sunday afternoon I started this project, but ran out of John's broken pieces. . I used one of my own pieces, a plate my husband had decorated and one of my earliest teacher Barbara Strauss's stoneware mugs , but had to stop and wait a month, before I could get some more beautiful shards from John's Swellendam studio.
I started by smashing them up with a hammer after covering with a thick layer of newspaper. I discovered later that the glass mosaic cutters worked very well on the pieces too. High fired porcelain is quite similar to glass.
I arranged them in squares and the design sort of developed from there. I glued them all down carefully. The 2nd batch of broken stuff I got via my mom included a stunning teapot which had a perfect lid.
Grouting this mosaic was quite daunting as the edges of the pieces are very sharp- and you might see bits of sponge still on the mosaic as the photos were taken while the grout was still drying. Not a good idea to fall against this mosaic- it could be very nasty. So it should be kept out of the reach of small children or wobbly adults.
|cracked fish tea party|
John's perfect and still entirely whole work can be seen on :http://johnnewdigate.com