Spring and Mosaics for the Garden

Are you thinking gardens? I am! Garden sculpture that is; concrete, rebar and buckets of broken china and stained glass just waiting to be put together to form something wonderful. I”ve been dreaming all winter of sculptures with colorful shining bits of reflective mirror and glass popping up out of the snow like some kind of other-worldly flower garden. As the last little bits of snow melt away,, I’m planning some big projects. Fantastical archways leading into paths strewn with smaller mosaic creatures peeping out from behind purple iris and bright yellow daffodils. Over sized found object mushroom stools tucked away under the pines. Fountains covered in every imaginable pattern of china, glass and colored mirror. So much to be done, I can hardly wait!
I’ll be busy this spring that’s for sure… An artist residency in an elementary school creating mosaic panels to help commemorate their town’s 250th anniversary, Arts on the Green for Mother’s Day with some of my glass on glass work, workshops at the Vermont Carving Studio, finishing up a compass rose project with a client in a private lesson…. so many wonderful projects!
I feel very lucky to be doing all that I am doing and loving every minute of it. I look forward to a busy and fun summer and hope to see you all. Stop by the studio- I’ll be out in the gardens!

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A Mosaic in Winter and other February Musings…

It’s been awhile between blogs. I guess that’s just an indication of being too busy with work to write, and that’s a great thing. Workshops here at Kast Hill have been suspended until spring. Again, other work to do! So thanks for your patience in advance…

I’m currently involved in a series of private lessons with a client who wants to create a compass rose of ceramic tile. She and her husband, who is from India, are world travelers and want the mosaic to represent this passion. The rose will have a very international flavor, romantic and evocative of faraway places, exotic marketplaces scented with sandalwood and jasmine… we hope we can pull it off! Once completed, the compass will be installed in a tile floor of an entryway in their new addition. This is a new project for me and I’m excited to be learning another skill! We’ll keep you posted!
I’m working hard on an RFP for the new Portsmouth Middle School in Portsmouth, NH. This is a 1% for Art project on a multi-million dollar renovation of a 1930’s school with a major addition, which includes a really fantastic student commons area. I hope to be chosen for an artist in residency project and am submitting three proposals. I’m excited to think I could be a part of helping the students create something wonderful for their new school. Wish me luck!
I’ll be at the Weare Middle School in Weare, NH in April for an artist’s residency to create three, 4 ‘ x 6’ mosaic panels to help commemorate the town’s 250th year celebration. Grades 5-8 will be creating panels that will feature historic buildings that represent some of the many villages that existed, or still exist today in the town of Weare. This town has an interesting history including being the first town to make shoes in NH! I think the students will have a lot of fun researching the subject matter and choosing their images. Our challenge will be recreating historic subjects with modern materials- this will be great!
Other work right now includes finishing up a mosaic commission of a dragonfly panel for a garden wall. Lovely to work on in a sunny studio on these freezing cold days!

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Kast Hill Studio Featured in NH Magazine December Issue

Dear Friends,
I’m so proud to be written up in the current issue (December) of NH Magazine! I had a very long interview with Creative Director Susan Laughlin, and am thrilled that she was able to make sense of all that information. We covered a lot of ground and she did an excellent job of honing it down into a very readable article. Thanks Susan!
http://www.nhmagazine.com/arts/983407-109/artisan-december-2012-html.html

In her article, she mentions a few Kast Hill Studio events and I thought I would too! For the month of December I’ll be the featured artist at Dos Amigos on Main St. in Concord, NH. There I’ll have the opportunity to show off all the wonderful Community Mosaic Projects created by participants from all over New England in the last several years, as well as a few pieces of my own.

On December 7th I’ll be taking part in the Concord Arts Market holiday “Giftopolis” at Eagle Square from 6pm until midnight. This is the first time I’ll be selling glass on glass mosaics made specifically for this show. Most are priced at $50 or under. Downtown Concord will be alive with fun things to do, great music and food too. Please come say hello!
http://www.concordartsmarket.com/cam-winter-giftopolis.html

And for those of you who have missed my workshops this fall, don’t worry! There are still a couple more before Christmas and then I’ll take a short break and will be back wish new classes for the winter! I have a lot of new tricks up my sleeve, so you need to come play!

I hope you all had a restful and happy Thanksgiving. Thanks for reading my blog and I hope to see you soon! Lizz

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Kast Hill Studio New Events for Fall and Early Winter 2012

The title says it all! Please go to my Events page to check out my busy-ness for this fall and winter. So many things to do, how to choose? I’m making new mosaics like a mad woman so I hope you’ll all come out and check ’em out! Think gifts! And be sure to take a look at all my new Workshops!

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On to the Next Event…

Be sure to come to the Canterbury Artisan Festival on Sat. and Sun., Sept 15 & 16, from 10-5 each day at the Canterbury Shaker Village.  Hands on activities, traditional and contemporary crafts, excellent local music, a farmer’s market, great food and more!  I’ll be leading a Community Mosaic Project and would love it if you’d come add  a piece or two or three!  See you there!

https://www.facebook.com/events/345454008867205/

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On to the Next Event…

Be sure to come to the Canterbury Artisan Festival on Sat. and Sun., Sept 15 & 16, from 10-5 each day at the Canterbury Shaker Village.  Hands on activities, traditional and contemporary crafts, excellent local music, a farmer’s market, great food and more!  I’ll be leading a Community Mosaic Project and would love it if you’d come add  a piece or two or three!  See you there!

https://www.facebook.com/events/345454008867205/

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Updated Summer / Early Fall Schedule

I thought it might be a good idea to post this again with an update… Can’t believe we’re almost at the end of July already! Scary how fast time is going by. Anyway, a couple of big events, then things will quiet down again so I can actually be in the studio doing some of my own work again.
Next up this coming weekend;
Shelburne Museum Art and Craft Festival, Shelburne, VT, July 27, 28 and 29. I’ll be here leading a new Community Mosaic Project! We’ll raffle it off at the end of the event and I’ll share proceeds with the Shelburne Craft School.
“Returning this year to the Shelburne Museum, this festival hosts 150 artists and artisans in media ranging from hand-thrown pottery to fine silver and gold jewelry to contemporary furniture. With a great selection of food and drinks, live entertainment and ongoing craft demonstrations, this festival celebrates the best of summer in Vermont in a beautiful and easily accessible location. Adults $8, get a coupon if you join their mailing list, kids 12 and under free. What a great mini-vacation!”
http://www.craftproducers.com/festival-details.php?id=42

Kast Hill Studio workshop on 3-Dimensional Armature Building for Outdoor Lightweight Sculpture. August 6-10. I’m back in the studio this month! Please see my Workshop page for details.

Canterbury Artisan Festival, Canterbury Shaker Village, Canterbury, NH September 15 & 16.
10 am to 5 pm both days. I’ll be here with another fun Community Mosaic Project that we’ll raffle off at the end of the event and I’ll share proceeds with the Village.

“The Canterbury Artisan Festival will be a celebration of craft, music and food. The Craft Fair & Farmer’s Market will be a strong focus of the event, with individual vendor tents dotting the lane, for a festive fair atmosphere. We’ve got great music including The Amy Black Band, Three Tall Pines, Chasing Blue, Crunchy Western Boys and Jordan Tirrell-Wysocki. All with a Beer Garden to boot! We’re offering a special $12 ticket for the event, $6 for kids 6-17, kids 5 and under enter free of charge.”

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Making Mosaics in this Heat!

The long and the short of it is… I’m not! (At least not until this Thursday, but more on that in a minute.)) Instead I’m figuring out how to keep the heat out of my studio and avoiding plugging into “the grid” with A/C! Looking into tinted window film for upper windows, making insulated roman style shades for same and simple push aside curtains for the lower windows- all 7 windows, plus 4 upper windows, including the picture window. A LOT of sewing which I think will have to happen in the house- where the FAN is!

That said… starting on Thurs. 7/19 I’ll be on Main Street in downtown Concord, NH for 3 days (!) of the fun and festivities of Market Days and Concord’s very own local Arts Market! (I just tried to give you a link but my “bandwidth has been exceeded” whatever THAT means! You might be able to “Google” it yourselves and look for InTown Concord or just Market Days.)

Anyway, the Arts Market will be ON Main Street this year, (not tucked away in Eagle OR Bicentennial Square) down by the Capital Bldg. where the Main Stage used to be. So! We’re hoping for cooler temps and a good breeze for all 3 days,

Community Mosaic Project at Granite State Music Festival

please and thank you very much! This event is being improved over the past year’s with more music, better food and more activities for families/children. I will have a Community Mosaic Project set up so be sure to stop by and add a piece or two or three! (I believe we are there each day from 10 to 9 or so.) Hope to see ya there!

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Kast Hill Studio Mosaic Events and Happenings!

I thought I better post my Events Calendar in a slightly more prominent place on this site so you all won’t miss these opportunities for some great summer fun! Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me if you have any questions…it’s gonna be a super busy season for us all!

Keene Art Walk, Keene, NH, June 8 & 9, from 9am to 3pm both days. I’ll be at Railroad Square on Main Street leading a Community Mosaic Project from 9am until 3pm. This event is free and open to everyone as part of the “Paint Out” event held each year at this time. Maps will be available at the event. Follow up with a Mosaics to Go! workshop with me on June 16th at The Starving Artist, in Keene from 1pm – 4pm. For more info/registration; http://thestarvingartistcollective.com/

I’ll be leading a rockin’ Community Mosaic Project at the brand new Granite State Music Festival, outdoors at the Riverfront Park at Everett Arena, Concord, NH. Come hear live bands, enjoy great music, check out the Concord Arts Market artisans and craftspeople. The GSMF is a two day, non-camping, non-profit festival and will take place on June 23 & 24. All proceeds go to benefit the Concord Community Music School; the largest employer of musicians in Vt, NH and Maine! http://granitestatemusicfest.org/index

Intro to Mosaics workshop at the Vermont Carving Studio and Sculpture Center, West Rutland, Vt. I’ll be teaching again June 30th and July 1st. This is a two day introductory course for anyone who loves mosaic and would like to learn how to create an indoor mosaic panel. If you’ve taken this before, don’t worry! You can always benefit from practicing your skills. In addition, this year I’ll be talking more about color, composition and mixed materials. More info on my Workshop page and at http://www.carvingstudio.org/workshops/workshop-information.asp

My mosaics will be featured at Apotheca Flowers and Tea Chest, Goffstown, NH for the month of July! Reception date to be announced soon… To be followed by a Mosaics to Go! workshop on July 14th from 3-6pm. Fee is $45 and includes all materials for a finished mosaic panel that you can take home and hang or give as a gift. Please contact Apotheca to register for the workshop.
http://apothecaflowershoppe.com/#/home-2/

Market Days Festival, Concord, NH, July 19, 20 & 21. Newly renamed and revamped, the festival will feature more local businesses and vendors. As a Concord Arts Market participant of the past, I can say I am thrilled to be back again at a new location on Main Street in front of the State Capitol Building. I’ll be leading a Community Mosaic Project, this year there will be a surprise!
http://www.mainstreetconcord.com/index.php

Shelburne Museum Art and Craft Festival, Shelburne, VT, July 27, 28 and 29. I’ll be here leading a huge Community Mosaic Project! We’ll raffle it off at the end of the event and I’ll share proceeds with the Shelburne Craft School.
Returning this year to the Shelburne Museum, this festival hosts 150 artists and artisans in media ranging from hand-thrown pottery to fine silver and gold jewelry to contemporary furniture. With a great selection of food and drinks, live entertainment and ongoing craft demonstrations, this festival celebrates the best of summer in Vermont in a beautiful and easily accessible location. Adults $8, get a coupon if you join their mailing list, kids 12 and under free. What a great mini-vacation!
http://www.craftproducers.com/festival-details.php?id=42
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Kast Hill Studio workshop on 3-Dimensional Armature Building for Lightweight Sculpture. August 6-10. I’m back in my studio this month! Please see my Workshop page for details.

Canterbury Artisan Festival, Canterbury Shaker Village, Canterbury, NH
September 15 & 16. 10 am to 5pm both days
I’ll be here with another fun Community Mosaic Project that we’ll raffle off at the end of the event and I’ll share proceeds with the Village.
“The Canterbury Artisan Festival will be a celebration of craft, music and food. The Craft Fair & Farmer’s Market will be a strong focus of the event, with individual vendor tents dotting the lane, for a festive fair atmosphere. We’ve got great music including The Amy Black Band, Three Tall Pines, Chasing Blue, Crunchy Western Boys and Jordan Tirrell-Wysocki. All with a Beer Garden to boot! We’re offering a special $12 ticket for the event, $6 for kids 6-17, kids 5 and under enter free of charge.”
If you’d like to pre-register;
http://www.eventbrite.com/event/3146678801/eorg

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Barrington Middle School Artist Residency and “Spring Into Warner!”

Spring really is here!  The birds are singing, the spinach is coming up in the garden and life is good.  This is just a quick post. I’m really tired after spending 3 days of a 5 day artist residency at the Barrington Middle School.  115 middle school students are each creating their own 6″x 6″ mosaic panel that will become part of a large quilt or hallway border.  They’ve worked so hard all week, what a great bunch of kids!  Tomorrow is the last day of attaching pieces to their panels and Friday will be a mosaic grouting marathon!  All hands on deck in the cafeteria for mass mud flinging (hope not!)  A lot to get done in a short amount of time.  I’ll let you know when it’s all done, and will of course have a great Facebook album for you to look at.

This Saturday, May 19th from 10am-4pm, I’ll be in Warner, NH for their annual “Spring Into Warner” celebration.  I’ll be demonstrating the art of “pique assiette” style mosaics (broken plates!), and there will be plenty of other craftspeople, artists, children’s activities and locally grown food and music for all to enjoy.  So if you’re out and about, please come say hello.  And happy spring!

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