Custom Architectural Mosaics

Mosaic work is enjoying a renaissance and  is an enduring, beautiful choice for home and public work. Mosaics are versatile, durable, lightfast, weatherproof and can be worked into 3-dimensional sculptural works as well as applied to walls, floors, and exterior. Mosaics require little maintenance and can make a hugely memorable impression, which makes them an excellent option for works that last. Your mosaic can also be created as a panel that hangs on the wall as a painting would, so that if you move, you can take your mosaic investment with you.

I approach my work rooted in a deep respect and appreciation for the classical principles and methods of creating mosaics. When a client requests a reproduction of an ancient mosaic, I pay exacting attention to the details of every aspect to produce as authentic a reproduction as possible. In contemporary works, while I may use the same centuries-old design principles that continue to be effective in the fabrication of mosaics today, I strive to develop these methods in new and sometimes innovative ways.

A commission begins with a discussion between the client and I about the client’s idea for a piece of artwork or installation,  and any visual materials they may want to provide me to work from such as photos, sketches, etc,  I then will asses the project and give them an estimate of the cost. This figure comes from several considerations, including designing, size, complexity of the subject matter and hours spent to create the work.   Clients are also welcome to come with a specific design already desired, and in this case are only charged for the fabrication.

During the initial consultation, Michael considers with you the vision, ideas, site and budget of your project. The initial design phase that follows provides you with two or three options presenting different choices of materials and designs. Once the design is approved, the process of rendering the mosaic begins.

All materials are individually hand-cut to size and laid one-by-one in the studio. When complete, the mosaic is moved from the studio to the site and installed. This hand-made approach is what gives your mosaic work its distinctive and sophisticated look that will stand apart from industrially-produced mosaic work. 

The mosaic is rendered in my studio by hand-cutting and laying each tesserae . I provide email image progress reports, but the client is also invited to view this meticulous and wonderful process at any time during the project.

Following are some common Materials used in mosaic work indoors and out.

"Still Beating" Hearts for San Francisco Benefit for San Francisco General Hospital Trauma Center- !!!Installed Linked in building-222 2nd St. San Francisco!!!

"Still Beating" Hearts for San Francisco Benefit for San Francisco General Hospital Trauma Center- !!!Installed Linked in building-222 2nd St. San Francisco!!!

Natural Stone Marbles, travertines, and limestone provide a natural and luxurious beauty suitable for floors, walls and all applications

Natural Stone
Marbles, travertines, and limestone provide a natural and luxurious beauty suitable for floors, walls and all applications

Italian Smalti and Gold A dense and brilliant Venetian glass originating in the Byzantine period; smalti is typically seen on the walls and ceilings of your favorite cathedrals in Italy, Turkey and Sicily. It is widely used today by professional mosaicists for vibrant, rich works of art. Suitable for walls, ceilings, and more but not often used in floors.

Italian Smalti and Gold
A dense and brilliant Venetian glass originating in the Byzantine period; smalti is typically seen on the walls and ceilings of your favorite cathedrals in Italy, Turkey and Sicily. It is widely used today by professional mosaicists for vibrant, rich works of art. Suitable for walls, ceilings, and more but not often used in floors.

Vitreous Glass This glass tile, often seen in showers, bathrooms and backsplashes provides a colorful palette; Suitable for walls and more but not for floors

Vitreous Glass
This glass tile, often seen in showers, bathrooms and backsplashes provides a colorful palette; Suitable for walls and more but not for floors

Unglazed Porcelain and Ceramic Tile Unglazed porcelain is an extremely versatile, durable and weatherproof material with consistent color. It comes in a more limited and muted palette, but is suitable for all applications. Ceramic tile provides a colorful alternative to unglazed procelain and stone, although all types are not suitable for outdoor use

Unglazed Porcelain and Ceramic Tile
Unglazed porcelain is an extremely versatile, durable and weatherproof material with consistent color. It comes in a more limited and muted palette, but is suitable for all applications. Ceramic tile provides a colorful alternative to unglazed procelain and stone, although all types are not suitable for outdoor use

Below are photos of some of the many methods I use for floor, wall, and hanging fine art mosaics. Dimensions and prices are listed below a few to give you a sense of each commission's budget range.

Remodeling and Home Design

Cherry Blossom Mandala

2012,  stone,  32" diameter,  commissioned floor mandala private residence-Belmont, CA

$5500

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Mosaics are very labor intensive and can take weeks and months to complete. Time and cost will vary depending on the project. There are several factors that contribute to the cost of a custom hand-made mosaic; size of mosaic, level of complexity of images or designs, size of the hand-cut pieces (tesserae), and materials are a few. First Consultation is free. Your package price will include /Design/ Construction/ Installation and Care instructions for your investment.

 

"Still Beating" (front)

2014, stone, smalti, gold and Swarovski crystals

 6'x6'x40", over 54,500 individually cut and laid tesserae 

"Still Beating" (back)

2014, stone, smalti, gold and Swarovski crystals

 6'x6'x40"over 54,500 individually cut and laid tesserae 

 

7-Pointed Star Planter Top, 20127, Stone and Gold, 26" x 26"

7-Pointed Star Planter Top, 20127, Stone and Gold, 26" x 26"

Floral Vine Floor Mosaic

2013,  stone,  3' x 3',  commissioned for private residence-Lakewood, WA

$7000

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Hellenistic Medusa Reproduction 2010,  stone,  32”X32”,  reproduction of Roman mosaic circa 115-150 AD $3500

Hellenistic Medusa Reproduction

2010,  stone,  32”X32”,  reproduction of Roman mosaic circa 115-150 AD

$3500

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