In this wonderful online course, students will learn from one of the best, David Jarvinen! David instructs students from all levels through the creative steps of this wonderful project that light will shine through. In this unique style that uses a clear glass substrate, David teaches students how to create a design that is used on both sides of the glass. He explains his techniques for cutting the glass, the best adhesive for this project, and how to complete it with grout. David shares a variety of different completed projects which will give students ideas and inspiration for creating with the circles of light.
David teaches students how to work on either a circle or square shape clear glass substrate. Students will learn how to cut certain shapes of colored glass including flower petals, leaves, and tree branches. Students only need one cutting tool (mosaic wheel nippers). Few materials are necessary to complete this fun, colorful, and creative project. This is achievable for the beginner to the advanced mosaic artist.
I came to the mosaic industry through ceramic tile contracting and a couple of clay artists. Our business was remodeling kitchens and baths with ceramic and glass tile, and doing tile jobs most other contractors wouldn’t. This led to a reputation for being creative.
During this time, I met those couple of clay artists that asked me to assist with their school and public mural installations they had created. It was great fun and I volunteered to help. Then, after a year or two of volunteering, I landed a paying gig to cover for one of the artist installers, as they needed to go out of town. That was the beginning. Circa 1998.
From this beginning, I worked to incorporate mosaics into my contracting business and there was a market! It wasn’t huge, but it was there—I worked to make mosaics mainstream through our business and have had some happy customers as a result.
Most of my work was architectural in nature. Then the clay artist who had instructed classes, for which I assisted—was moving out of state, so I approached the host venues and inquired to see if I could take over for her. They were happy to give me a try. That was the beginning of my instruction career. Circa 2004.
I continued to expand my collaborations and as of 2017 I am continuing to instruct, learn and create mosaics!