Here are some of my glass on glass mosaics.
“Around the Corner” 30” by 12” $575
“Made for Each Other” 18” by 25.5” $500
“She Did All That in One Afternoon?” 15” by 22” $425
“Stop and Watch the Sunset” 14” by 27″ – $575
“That’s Envy My Dear” 14” by 27″ – $575
Here’s my bio…
GLASS: Elizabeth melted her first piece of glass about ten years ago at a workshop in the wonderful “Starfish” studio that used to be on Yates Street in Victoria, BC, Canada. Since then she has been passionate about glass as an art form, with a special interest in recycled materials and she has attended the Pilchuck school (founded by Chihuly) near Seattle.
Elizabeth’s work is created from discarded bottles, chipped serving dishes and old stemware along with other small scraps of glass from any source she can access. Discarded windows or old glass shelving from heritage houses are often used as her ‘canvas’. Her translucent glass-on-glass mosaics look wonderful when light can flow through them, but they are also effective against a wall with light shining on them.
Elizabeth’s studio is in her home. One of her favourite “precision tools” is a sledgehammer and her kiln runs most days of the year. She makes her own plaster molds to add details (such as hearts, insects, seashells and musical notes) to her work.
CURRENT WORK: Elizabeth’s mosaics are usually named after titles or quotable lines from jazz music, movies and plays. She has been awarded public art contracts in Richmond and Nanaimo for large-scale mosaics and her largest piece, titled “Solstice” can be viewed at the Woodwynn Peace Garden in Central Saanich. Elizabeth has volunteered at Woodwynn Farms with her husband, Deryk Houston, for the past three years.
BACKGROUND: Elizabeth’s first post-secondary experience was in an art program at Langara College in Vancouver. Then she switched into education, obtaining an MA in Educational Psychology which led to a career in education technology. Information literacy and critical thinking are what she believes should be the main goals of education in this information–rich era, focusing on the things that make us human (like the arts) and allow us to connect in important ways. Several years ago she wrote a children’s book (“Echoes from the Square”) with the power of the arts as its theme. She has a very personal reason for creating mosaics from recycled materials — repurposing objects from the past. She believes there’s often a place for things that might otherwise be discarded if you look hard enough to find it.