First, some mosaic resources I kept promising to send out!

1. For stained glass (and stained glass classes, including mosaic art):

Hot Flash Glass

2111 San Mateo NE

Albuquerque

505-255-1151

 2. Source for all kinds of foam to use for mosaic sculpture armatures:

Distribution International

6711 Edith NE

Albuquerque

843-7255 

3. The book I share in my classes about mosaic sculptures (that great chair): 

Sculptural Secrets for Mosaics, Julee Latimer (available on Amazon) 

4. New Breda mosaic tile nippers

Better handling and designed to use less pressure. These will be especially appreciated by those with arthritis or who just want to avoid repetitive motion injuries.  They will be launched in August. To learn more:  www.getthebreda.com

 5. Mosaic tile suppliers:  

 I get most of my tiles from www.mosaicartsupply.com and www.marylandmosaics.com  I have a list of other tile suppliers, so email me for more! 

6. Tint for thinset mortar:   

SWH Art Studio: https://swhartstudioinc.wordpress.com .  I can't figure out how to order it from her website, so best to send her an email or call her at 931-389-9649 to order it.  Thinset mortar only comes in grey and white and usually it doesn't matter what color it is if used as an adhesive that doesn't show.  But sometimes tesserae is set into thinset with no grout used, so it's nice to be able to tint it.  I have only used the carbon black tint.  Be sure to remember what ratio: tint to thinset you use so that you can replicate it. 

What else did I promise to send out to you?  Let me know.

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MY EMAIL MOSAIC NEWSLETTERS

I send out occasional emails to my mailing list, so send me a note if you’d like to have them sent to you. JillGat@mirafloresmosaics.com  I will also post them here when I think of it. 

Oct. 1, 2019

In this newsletter:

1.Mosaic Mural class in December by Lisa Domenici

2. Harwood Art Center Intro. class in November by Jill Gatwood

3. Tile Sorting Bash at Jill's studio!

4. 12x12 Harwood show December 7th (DO NOT MISS THIS)

5. The Gallery ABQ: inspiring show by Greg Lujan (metal and wood)

6. New Mosaic Mural at St. Marks on the Mesa Church by Manuel Hernandez and Lisa Domenici (in last Sunday's newspaper)

7. Jill's soap and coconut wax candles at a new meat shop opening

MOSAIC MURAL CLASS

I'm excited to announce that Lisa Domenici will be offering another Mosaic Wall Mural class, most likely the first weekend of November: 11/2-11/3. The finished mural will go up in a public space. This is an excellent opportunity to learn about process and installation of a mosaic wall piece. Please send me a note if you are interested, and I will put you on the list and send further details.

Lisa was the lead artist for the mosaic mural of La Virgen de Guadalupe on San Mateo, just north of Copper on the east side of the street (the Franciscan Friary). If you haven't seen this, you must go by.

OTHER MOSAIC CLASSES

Nov. 7-8: Oasis Albuquerque, Intro to Mosaics (I believe this one is full)

Nov. 16-17: Harwood Art Center, Intro to Mosaics (I think there are openings and it's in a great studio space!) https://www.harwoodartcenter.org/uncategorized/intro-to-mosaics-with-jill-gatwood/ to register (picture attached of student pieces from the last Harwood class)

TILE SORTING BASH!

I am going to try to reschedule this group effort to help me sort my mixtures of tiles on Oct. 26th (weather permitting, as it will be outside). It should be a fun social event and it will be at my studio, so if you need help with a project or want to grout something, you can do that then, too. Let me know if I should put you on the list.

12x12 HARWOOD EXHIBITION

DEC. 7TH, 6-8PM

This is the yearly fundraising event in which Albuquerque artists submit unique pieces on a 12x12 piece of wood and they are all sold for $144 each. There is live music, free food and the pieces (including mine!) are outstanding! Don't miss it. https://www.harwoodartcenter.org/upcoming-exhibitions/12x12-fundraising-exhibition-2019/

WOOD ON METAL, ART BY GREG LUJAN THIS FRIDAY

First Friday Event at The Gallery Abq, 8210 Menaul NE

Oct. 4th, 5-8pm

Within the mosaic genre, Greg's pieces are unique and beautiful. Stop by to see and support him (picture attached)!

NEW MOSAIC MURAL AT ST MARKS ON THE MESA CHURCH

I helped grout this mural one day and ended up featured in a picture in the Journal as though I had a lot more to do with it than that! The lead artist was Manuel Hernandez, who many of you may know. Brilliant piece. (Newspaper picture attached but go see the real thing.)

SOAP AND CANDLES, LIKE I DON'T HAVE ENOUGH TO DO

No Bull Prime Meats Open House: Oct. 12th, 10am - 4pm, free samples of various things. This new shop is opening on the corner of Griegos and 12th St. NW Beef, lamb, goat, pork all grown in New Mexico by a local guy. The store has more than meat though, and my natural soaps and coconut wax candles (with wooden wicks that crackle like a campfire) will be there, too! Try to stop by and say hello during the Open House.

That's a lot and I know I'll think of something else to tell you as soon as I press send. But I'll wait another month so as not to SPAM you.

As always, send me any questions or updates on your mosaic work.

Thanks!

Jill

.April 7, 2019

Just SOME of the latest news, and I know I'm forgetting some things, but I can't expect you to have a never-ending attention span...  Before I forget, if you know anyone who would like to be on this mailing list, please forward this email to them and have them contact me to add them.

THINSET MORTAR WORKSHOP

There has been continued interest in this workshop that I hold at my house.  The class gets better each time too, as I learn more myself about the various applications for thinset mortar.  I'm going to be out of the country for the month of June, so am setting up dates in July and August for these classes.  Tentatively looking at July 27-28 for the first one, so send me a note if you are interested and I will put you on the list.  Cost is $100 for the two day workshop, which includes lunch and all the supplies.

I'm also setting up Basic Mosaic Art workshops starting in July through UNM Continuing Education, Harwood Art Center and Albuquerque Oasis.

PASSAGES MOSAIC ART SHOW

If you haven't been to the gallery show of works by local mosaic artists, it ends May 12th.  If you aren't thrilled and inspired by these pieces by members of Mosaic New Mexico www.mosaicnewmexico.com , I will give you your money back.  (It's free.)

Open Space Visitors' Center, 6500 Coors Blvd NW, Albuquerque

https://www.cabq.gov/parksandrecreation/open-space/events/passages-at-the-gallery

PLACITAS STUDIO TOUR

THIS COMING WEEKEND is the Placitas Studio Tour, which I look forward to every year.  It is a self-guided driving tour, visiting the many studios and workshops of artists in Placitas and it's a blast.  Along with every kind of art you can imagine, there are many mosaic artists and it's a great chance to meet them and find out more about what they do.

www.placitasstudiotour.com  

SAMA CONFERENCE

 I just got back from the SAMA (Society of American Mosaic Artists) summit in Nashville, TN which - while ending up being hideously costly - was very inspiring.  I learned so much and SAW so many mosaic works from other members that were nothing short of incredible.  There were mosaic artists there from all over the world.  I will attach some pics of one piece that I particularly loved.  It was created by Anabella Wewer, who hand-cut the white marble for the "tablecloth" and used Litovi glass for the pink and red tiles making up the wine spill.  

https://americanmosaics.org/  (still waiting to hear where the conference will be next year) 

BREDA TILE NIPPER

Another reason the conference was so expensive was because I bought a lot of stuff at the Vendors' Show.  One tool I had my eye on for awhile was the new Breda tile nipper, which is lighter and more ergonomically shaped, making tile cutting easier and requiring much less strength.  I've had a number of students with arthritis or other conditions making the task of repetitive tile nipping challenging, and I think this will be a real option.  I'm getting used to using it myself.  I'll have it at my studio if you'd like to try it out. 

https://www.getthebreda.com/ 

OFFER OF PLATES AND POTTERY SHARDS

Betsy Greelee, a local mosaic artist, is moving and getting rid of plates and pottery shards.  If you are interested, you can email Betsy at elizalgreenlee@gmail.com  She lives in the north valley, near El Pinto restaurant.

MOSAIC VINTAGE APPLIANCE SHOW 

Yep, that's my old toasters, rotary telephones and other vintage appliances that I have been collecting/hoarding, and tiling whenever I get the chance.  I am working out details now for a gallery show at The Range Cafe in Bernalillo in January, 2020. 

SORTING TILES!

I still need to set up a Wine n' Tile Sorting event.  I had to cancel the last one, and there was actually a lot of interest.  This will be an opportunity to meet other mosaic artists and aspiring mosaic artists, drink wine, eat snacks and enjoy sorting all my mixed-up tiles.  It's fun, in an OCD kind of way.  Will let you know when I set a date.



STEALTH MOSAIC

I have started working on a secret  anarchist public mosaic installation in Albuquerque.  More later.

Thanks, and keep sending me pictures of your artwork!

Jill

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June, 2018

I received a correspondence from the mail deliverer in Oakes, North Dakota (I think she's the only one!), asking about the price of an XL mailbox for the local newspaper, whose building recently burned down and they are in a new space.  Because it was a sad story and also because it was a mail deliverer who asked, I donated it to them (just charged shipping).  They put it on the front page of the paper!

oakes newspaper.jpg

My studio at the Harwood Art Center on Mountain Road is shaping up!  Everything is organized on new shelf units and I tiled the window sills and painted the window frames green.  I also have music and a pet mouse named Connie there.  I get so much done there with no distractions from home.  There was a gallery opening at the Harwood last week, along with open house for studios and I had a lot of visitors.  Am so impressed with the amazing, eclectic artists upstairs from me at the Harwood!  

Works in progress:  Currently I am working on a commission mosaic mailbox, of course, and also adding to my Re-purposed Iconic Household Appliance collection.  About seven toasters are tiled now and I have about 10 more vintage toasters ready to tile (help me stop looking at ebay, please). Some of them are so shapely and beautiful - shiny chrome with art deco etchings -  that, if I have a show at some point (hopefully at The Range Cafe), I will have to display a few of them as is in their original 1930s condition so that people can appreciate them.  On a whim, I picked up this coffee maker and re-purposed it for a betta fish tank.

People always ask if the coffee maker still works, but I don't think the fish would appreciate it if I plugged it in.

I did a free mosaic workshop at Habitat for Humanity ReStore recently and, while I was there, I scored a vintage sink.  I coated it in a primer, "Eco Prim Grip", and am tiling it using thinset.  When it's done, my plan is to put it on a pedestal with a tube and pump inside so that water will flow out the faucet. It will go in the front yard as a birdbath.

And look what just came in the mail today!  It's from the year I was born...

Stay tuned for progress on this one.

Last weekend, 12 people came to my house for a Thinset Mosaic Workshop.  The students tiled stepping stones which all turned out unique and beautiful (see below).  For another piece, they layed a thick layer of thinset mortar (tinted black) onto a HardieBacker substrate and enbedded shells, wood, pebbles, nuts and bolts, smalti, etc. into it.  No grout.  This is basically how the ancient Romans worked.

 

Beautiful mosaic pieces!  I hated to break them up when people took them home individually.

 

I have another thinset workshop at my house in August, mosaic classes coming up at Alegria (a retirement community in Bernalillo), a two day workshop through Oasis and one through UNM.  They are all full.   I will teach two 6 week mosaic classes through UNM starting on Sept. 12th (one in the afternoon, one in the evening.) I don't think they are posted yet so, if you are interested, watch for them because they fill up quickly.

Will post more pictures soon!

 

April, 2018:  Lots of classes this month; in my home studio, Harwood Art Center and a Mosaic Mural class with Lisa Dominici at her studio.  The April classes are all full, but I have classes coming up in June and July in my studio at UNM Continuing Education and through Oasis Albuquerque.  Check the Classes page here for information and links to register.  Drop me a note if you want to get on my mailing list to find out when new classes are added!  Here is a picture of the beautiful pieces created by students in the weekend class on Apr. 7-8, 2018 at Harwood Art Center.

 

Next week I will get the keys to my new little studio at Harwood Art Center!  I have a studio at home, where I also teach workshops, but I decided I also need a place away from all the distractions at home to work on commission mailboxes and toasters.  I'll still be doing all kinds of mosaic madness at home too, of course.

March, 2018:  I attended the Society of American Mosaic Artists conference in Boston this month!  Blizzards outside, but incredible, inspiring (if not intimidating, in some cases) artwork inside.  I met some great mosaic artists who I will now pester for advice on some of my new projects.  Went on a mosaic tour of the city (old Italian mosaics in a church, floor mosaics at the state capital, the Ayer Mansion designed by Louis Tiffany, two fantastic local mosaic art shows).  I attended a couple of workshops and - one of the highlights of the conference - helped work on a large mosaic mural that will be installed at the Boston Harbor.

One of the three panels that were connected into one mural.

February, 2018:  I  love transforming common household items into works of mosaic art that highlight the innate, iconic beauty of their shapes and purposes.  My mosaic mailboxes have been very popular.  Recently I started collecting vintage toasters, in love with their elegant shapes and art deco design elements.  Toasters are a simple, mundane part of all kitchens that we take for granted.  When re-purposed as art, we see them in a whole new light. 

Some of these are still in-progress.  I'm going to try to set up a Mosaic Toaster show, once I get them all finished (I now have about 20 vintage toasters, waiting to be dressed!)



Febuary, 2019

Hi!

A few upcoming classes and events you may be interested in:

Harwood Art Center, on Mountain Rd. and 7th St. is holding an Open Studios evening on March 2nd, 6-8pm.  Come visit my studio and see my mosaic toasters and sink and wander around the rest of the studios, too.  Some great artists at Harwood.  There are also some gallery art exhibits going on that should be really good.

Speaking of Harwood Art Center, I am teaching a weekend Intro. to Mosaics workshop there on the weekend of Apr. 6-7 that still has openings.  You can find out more info. here, so spread the word if you know anyone who might be interested:  https://www.harwoodartcenter.org/weekend-workshops/introduction-to-mosaic-art-with-jill-gatwood/.  

y classes through Oasis are full.

THINSET MORTAR Weekend workshop at my house still has two openings!  You don't have to have any mosaic experience, but if you've taken one of my classes, this is the obvious next step.  In this class we use two mosaic techniques on 7"x7" blocks that you can put outside.  We also create pieces with found objects.  And lunch is provided.  Cost is $100, send a deposit of $60 to reserve a spot. These classes have been very popular!

Mosaic Art Show: "Passages" at the April 6th - May  12th at the Open Space Visitor Center, 6500 Coors Blvd NW.  Pieces by the Mosaic New Mexico organization will be displayed.  Seeing one of these shows some 13 years ago inspired me to delve into mosaic art myself.  We have some of the best mosaic artists anywhere in Albuquerque!

Society of American Mosaic Artists (SAMA) has their annual conference in Nashville, TN this year Apr. 23 - 27th.  I went to this conference - that provides mosaic tours and workshops - last year in Boston and it blew my mind.  I'm going back this year!  I highly recommend it.  For more information:  https://americanmosaics.org/nashville2019/registration/

Okay, that's all I can think of for now.  Please feel free to email me with any questions about any of these events, classes, or mosaic work that you are doing yourself.  And I always love to see pictures of your projects.

Thanks!

Jill

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November 16, 2018

Hi all,

Read down to the bottom, where I have a special offer for people interested in attending an Intro. to Mosaic Art workshop.

WEBSITE: I am currently updating my website, www.mirafloresmosaics.com to add pictures of student artwork, new classes being offered and a few other things.  The artwork by the UNM Continuing Ed. class in Sept.-Oct., 2018 is there now. If you were in that class and your piece is not pictured, please send me a picture of it so I can add it. Other classes will be added shortly.
I noticed, while perusing my own website, that some of the resources I keep promising to share with you are listed there.  Where to get dense foam for mosaic sculptures, where to get thinset tint, etc.  Take a look and let me know what I need to add.

VIRGEN DE GUADALUPE MURAL:We are almost finished with the Virgen de Guadalupe mural for the Franciscan friars!  Will cement it to the baseboard this weekend and hope to install it soon. It is fabulous.

HARWOOD ART CENTER 12X12 SHOW:

Reminder: Harwood Art Center 12x12 art show opens the evening of Dec. 1st.  Artists around the region were given a 12x12 piece of wood on which to paint, mosaic tile, create a sculpture on... whatever they want.  Some of these are well-known, collectable artists.  I got a pre-pre-view of them yesterday and this is the best collection yet!  They all go on sale for $144 on Dec. 1st during the opening (proceeds go to Harwood Art Center).  I am telling you... you need to see this show!  There will be music and appetizers by many great restaurants. 
THINSET MORTAR WORKSHOPS:I have two thinset mortar workshops coming up at my house: Jan. 12 - 13: FULLJan. 19-20: four openings!Contact me soon to reserve your spot.


SPECIAL DEAL ON SMALL GROUP INTRO. MOSAIC ART WORKSHOPS!

Most of the classes and workshops I offer through Albuquerque venues, including my house, range between $90 - 125 a person, and sometimes there is an added supplies fee.In January and February, on selected weekends, I will be offering small group workshops in my studio at Harwood Art Center.  Cost will be $120 total for 2 people, $140 for three people, $200 total for four people.  This is about half price, for a smaller class with even more tiles available. 

This might be a nice Christmas gift for a few of your friends or family members. I can make up a gift card for you to give them.

These are the weekends available, so reserve now!

1/5 - 1/6

1/26 - 1/27

2/2 - 2/3

2/9 - 2/10

2/23 - 2/24

Thanks!

Jill



June 21, 2018

First, some mosaic resources I keep promising to send out!

1. For stained glass (and stained glass classes, including mosaic art):

Hot Flash Glass

2111 San Mateo NE

Albuquerque

505-255-1151

 2. Source for all kinds of foam to use for mosaic sculpture armatures:

Distribution International

6711 Edith NE

Albuquerque

843-7255 

3. The book I share in my classes about mosaic sculptures (that great chair): 

Sculptural Secrets for Mosaics, Julee Latimer (available on Amazon) 

4. New mosaic tile nippers currently in development; 

Better handling and designed to use less pressure. These will be especially appreciated by those with arthritis or who just want to avoid repetitive motion injuries.  They will be launched in August. To learn more:  www.getthebreda.com

 5. Mosaic tile suppliers:  

 I get most of my tiles from www.mosaicartsupply.com and www.marylandmosaics.com  I have a list of other tile suppliers, so email me for more! 

6. Tint for thinset mortar:   

SWH Art Studio: https://swhartstudioinc.wordpress.com .  I can't figure out how to order it from her website, so best to send her an email or call her at 931-389-9649 to order it.  Thinset mortar only comes in grey and white and usually it doesn't matter what color it is if used as an adhesive that doesn't show.  But sometimes tesserae is set into thinset with no grout used, so it's nice to be able to tint it.  I have only used the carbon black tint.  Be sure to remember what ratio: tint to thinset you use so that you can replicate it. 

What else did I promise to send out to you?  Let me know.

MOSAIC WORKSHOPS AND CLASSES

 All of my mosaic workshops in June, July and August are full.  It is possible that I will set up another thinset workshop in August and will let you know.  In SEPTEMBER I will again be teaching the 6 week mosaic classes (once a week) through UNM Continuing Education.  There will be one class in the afternoon and another class in the evening, starting on Sept. 12th.  Watch for registration opening as this class fills up fast.  I also have a two day workshop at Oasis Albuquerque, Sept. 24-25 (Mon. - Tues.). 

Lisa Dominici's class on broken dishes mosaics this coming weekend was cancelled.  There are still openings for her Mosaic Garden Art class. 

 Mosaic Garden Art

Friday July 20 11:00-3:00;

Saturday July 21 10:00-4:00

Sunday July 22 11:00-2:00

 Learn to shape and waterproof dense foam to create an mosaic to hang on an outdoor wall or to place in your garden.  Day 1: we will cut out a shape ( about 14”x14”) from insulation foam and then cover it with thinset and fiberglass mesh.  Day 2: using your choice of tile and or glass, we will mosaic the piece using the direct method and thinset. Day 3: we will grout the mosaic, paint the back and adhere the hanging device. 

  As usual, I always love to see pictures of your current projects, completed and in progress!  

If you'd like to come by and see my studio at Harwood, let me know and we can set up a time.

See you soon, Jill