The photo above (upside down) shows my design evolving. At first I thought nothing of using two different thicknesses of tiles, I soon found the uneven surface not to my liking. To replace the thicker tiles with thinner ones is challenging, color choices are limited in our inventory of found and discarded material. I also removed the green glass beads, the big tree in the middle looks better in dark green instead of my first choice of a thick light green tile. I like the changes. On the left horizon line I added smaller trees of broken blue green chips. So far so good. The nearby foothills became shades of mauve, scatterings of yellow-gold glass in the foreground are made from smashing a vase into bits. The sticky back mesh arrived today, tomorrow I’ll go through the painstaking process of transferring this whole design onto the mesh which we hope will hold the whole composition together. If this works we will carefully slide the heavily laden mesh onto a freshly mortared bench top.
Gail Niebrugge, Alaska artist