Artisan Shares Creative Vision with Mosaics
“Mosaic is the art of creating images with an assemblage of small pieces of colored glass, stone, or other materials.” -Wikipedia
At the intersection of “skilled artisan” and mosaic art” you will find Ariel Shoemaker. Actually this talented artist found me. She makes original art in a traditional or contemporary style utilizing the ancient technique of mosaic. This tile style art, which dates back 4,000 years, is accessible today through her beautiful work. She recreates the mosaic craft with a fresh new spin to make unique works that perfectly reflect her clients. Ariel has a thriving business which she runs out of her home studio outside of Boston, MA. It is my pleasure to introduce her to you so, without further ado, here is my interview with Ariel and some very artful kitchens featuring lovely examples of her work.
Artful Kitchens: What is your background? How did you get into creating with mosaic art?
Artful Kitchens: What has been your favorite project and why?
Ariel: I actually don’t have a favorite, but I think that might be fairly typical for someone who LOVES what they do. Each project is unique, and I love that about my work.
Artful Kitchens: What do you do when you’re not beautifying homes with your work?
Ariel: I work nearly full time during the week while my children are in school and daycare (our boys, Simon & Max are 9 and 7 years old, respectively, and our daughter, Josie, is nearly 2 years old). And then there are many nights and weekends that I work to make deadlines, meet with prospective and current clients amd complete administrative tasks. Fortunately, my husband is an incredible dad, and his working hours as an eighth grade math teacher gives him flexibility after school to be with the kids when I need to work. We’ve developed a balanced partnership parenting our kids–and over the years, we’ve managed to work out most of the kinks. Having three kids and a career is truly a balancing act. I meditate every day and do yoga often. Both keep me a saner, calmer, and more focused mommy/artist/creative entrepreneur.
Artful Kitchens: How do you come up with your ideas? What is the source of your inspiration?
Gloria is a kitchen and bath cabinetry designer with AKBD certification from the National Kitchen & Bath Association. She has also served on the Florida Treasure Coast Chapter's Board of Directors as the VP of Communications. Her work has appeared on This Old House as well as in Florida Design Magazine, K+BB Magazine and the Palm Beach Post. She is co-author of The Complete Idiots Guide to Remodeling Your Kitchen, Illustrated, as well as a freelanced writer contributing occasionally to the Sun Sentinel in the area of kitchen design. She is a proud member of the Blanco Design Council and the illustrious Brizo Blogger 19.