'Fall Harvest: Plum' ©2014 Joanne Daschel

‘Fall Harvest: Plum’ ©2014 Joanne Daschel

STOLEN IN LINCOLN CITY, OREGON – MAY 2015. PLEASE REPORT TO ME IF YOU SEE THIS PIECE. In late September, old Italian plum trees reach harvest on our family’s farm in the Willamette Valley of Oregon. Golden autumn light and warm, dry days backlight the canopy of oval green leaves on rough gray branches, dripping with clusters of ripe fruit. The fall of 2014 was generous and the harvest abundant.

This mosaic is created with Venetian and Mexican smalti, the traditional mosaic glass of Europe. The smalti design is outlined with black glass tile, standing in contrast to the natural gray “Iron Mountain” slate background.

Each piece of glass and stone is hand-cut and applied directly onto ceramic tile, using tinted thinset and no grout, for a highly textured effect. The piece is approximately 8″ square, signed on the back, and includes hanging hardware.