Hi, my name is Jenny and I am a mosaic artist.
I specialise in using broken crockery, found objects, stone and old jewellery mosaics to create new artistic and functional objects. In other words, I like to reuse stuff rather than buy heaps of new materials.
We seem to have more unwanted household ware than ever before, possibly because of an increase in imported goods. Great for me, and we can update our plates and dishes more readily than ever before.
One of the crafts I dabble in is polishing stones. There are some unusual, interesting, beautiful stones in New Zealand including Pounamu, agate and jasper. So it is only sensible to incorporate them into my mosaics.
My material influences my designs and products, which can be a challenge but very rewarding when I view the final products.
Broken or old crockery and pottery is easily sourced from friends, family, second-hand shops, recycle shops and the like, as is old custom jewellery. I have many fun excursions to source my material and have made many new friends along the way.
I also keep a bucket at home if anyone would like to drop off their old stuff and pick up one of my business cards.