bull kelp forest mosaic

‘Bull Kelp Forest’ ©2014 Joanne Daschel

bull kelp mosaic - detail

Bull kelp mosaic detail – work in progress by Joanne Daschel

If you visit the Oregon coast you are likely to encounter these fascinating plants coiled on the beach, having lost their moorings from the sea floor and tossed on the dry sand. Seen from underwater, they form magical stands that glow in the penetrating light and dance with the current.

Read more about my inspiration and process for creating this mosaic.

This mosaic is created with Venetian and Mexican smalti, the traditional mosaic glass of Europe. Each piece of glass and stone is hand-cut and applied directly onto a substrate of Wedi board, using tinted thinset and no grout, for a highly textured effect. The piece is approximately 8×12 inches, signed on the back, and includes hanging hardware.