Peggy Schuning Mosaics

Mixed Media & Mosaic Artist

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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