This is a fun and creative online course for all levels. If you are looking to add some decorative art into your life and want an easy and simple project this is for you! Working with easy to access materials and not creating make much of a mess, David Jarvinen teaches this process while creating a unique mosaic art project. David through the mother of invention figured out how he could make a 3D sculpture that would be versatile, light weight and not take up a lot of space.
David shares his tips, tricks and techniques for how to create the shapes of the leaves, how to add a center piece and how to have the pebble edging to give it a "natural" look. These plant sculptures can be created into any shapes, any size and can withstand being in an outdoor but covered space. This project is a great way to create unique gifts for those you love.
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!