Peggy Schuning Mosaics

Mixed Media & Mosaic Artist

 

Newest Artwork

My mother and I traveled to Bear’s Mill outside Greenville, OH. It was built in 1849 and is an operating water-powered mill. The Mill Gallery exhibits Ohio artists in the summer time on a rotating basis. 

“Water Falls” is a triptych in which each piece is 6″ x 6″. Slate stands on end from top to bottom to represent the land under the falling water. The blues are created using smalti, an Italian glass, and transitions from dark to light. the light and white at the base of the image depicts the roaring water as it falls and hits the land. Additional stones and marble complete the image.

I will be exhibiting my artwork at Bear’s Mill from July 27 to August 26, 2018. The opening event occurs on July 27 from 6 to 8 PM. An artist talk will be given at 7 PM. You can see “Water Falls” along with other works inspired by the area. Find out more information about Bear’s Mill at www.bearsmill.org.

Bear's Mill, water fallsBehind Bear’s Mill in Greenville, OH

 

Why I Create

As a modern mosaic artist, I enjoy uncovering a masterpiece in the broken, discarded, or unused pieces of daily life. My artwork is inspired by the hidden or modest splendor of the earth around me. Using slate, marble, stone, stained glass, ceramic tile, smalti, and other broken and found objects, I focus on the beauty of the element itself. I then strive to highlight its color, design, or other understated detail with relevant pieces. In my realistic work, the same materials can be used to produce a convincing representational piece.

Currently, I am studying the natural and subtle allure of slate, stone, and marble. It is quite breathtaking to discover and build a relationship with a piece as I call attention to the textures and movement that can be observed. Much of the stone mosaic art is created out of assorted sizes of slate and marble previously utilized as roofing or flooring.

Mixed Media & Mosaic Techniques

My mosaic artwork is created using slate on a light-weight, waterproof backer board. First, the substrate is covered in mesh and thinset. D-rings are attached to the board for hanging.  Then the slate is cut or broken to prepare for the stone mosaic art. Next, it’s adhered to a board with thinset. At times, the thinset is augmented by adding powdered colorants during mixing. After the larger pieces are glued, I search for stone, smalti, and other materials that enhance the natural properties of the slate.

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