In this wonderful online course learn from one of the best, David Jarvinen! David walks any level of student through the steps of creating a wonderful mosaic art project that can be displayed so that light shines through. In this unique style of creating a mosaic using 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 grout it. David shares a variety of different completed projects to give students ideas and inspiration to create the circles of light.
Students will learn how to work on a clear glass substrate either circle or square. You will learn how to cut certain shapes of colored glass including, flower petals, leaves and branches of a tree. 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.
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!