'Winter Fruit: Lemon'

‘Winter Fruit: Lemon’

STOLEN IN LINCOLN CITY, OREGON – MAY 2015. PLEASE REPORT TO ME IF YOU SEE THIS PIECE. Driving home to Oregon from Arizona one January day, we decided to stick to a secondary path that would skirt the Sierra Nevadas instead of the central highway through California. Following this more easterly road, we drove for miles and miles through ripe orchards of lemon and orange trees. In chilly, rainy weather these sunny scions dripped their glowing fruit onto the highway shoulders, beckoning us to stop.

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.