About me

I am a lifelong educator, former academic, and independent multimedia artist primarily working in mosaics, and a certified Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (fHEA). I create mosaics in my Berkeley studio, I sell mosaics across northern CA, and I teach mosaic design and craftsmanship out of my Berkeley studio. I am passionate about involving people of all ages in art, and providing avenues and scaffolding for you to realize your creative inspiration. I have worked with adults and childrenIMG_0829 for 25+ years in a number of artistic and self empowering outlets, spanning gymnastics/acrobatics, mosaics, painting, cooking, woodworking, designing and decorating 3-D fairy houses and garden design, in addition to 15 years in academia as a sociolinguist. And yes, Catboy (pictured, R), does indeed snore.

As a hiker, gardener and birder, I find inspiration from foliage, landscapes and beasties as I encounter them in the wild and urban settings, while my analytic tendencies are nourished by close attention to contrasting shapes and textures within more abstracted patterns, and as a lens for expressing texture, depth and movement.  My interpretation of the wildscapes I traverse as a hiker build into completed pieces and iteratively feed into my teaching workshops: I regularly draw on images from natural field guides (John Laws’ Sierra Nevada book is a current favorite), while I also encourage new mosaicists to embrace and consider abstracted re-imaginings of their visions and designs through their glass creations.

Commissions, Original Work & Further Information. I am available for custom commissions! I am happy to discuss your custom ideas and develop a timeline for completion, dimensions, and prices.  To get an idea of how my eyes and hands work, and what I produce, check out the following:

  • Examples from my portfolio can be seen in the Gallery.
  • Pieces for Sale.
    • Last Sale of the Year! Find me Dec 18/19 8-1pm @ the Sunrise Mall Farmers Market Winter Holiday Christmas Bazaar, 6041 Sunrise Blvd, Citrus Heights, CA. I will have garden stepping stones, framed suncatchers and 3D relief wall hangings
    • My studio is housed in the Makers Workspace, which has started opening back up, and we aim to have quarterly open studio+sales–we had both Nov and Dec 2021 open days which were well attended and super fun!
    • I regularly sell at  CNPS (California Native Plant Society) bi-annual native plant sales, e.g. chapter sales in Sacramento and El Dorado County.
    • Select indoor and outdoor pieces are for sale at The Riveter, a boutique for local art in the Gilman District of Berkeley, and at Oaktown Native Plant Nursery in Berkeley.
    • I also have pieces for sale at Rainbow Glass, in Sacramento.
  • Commissions. I regularly accept commissions==reach out if you have a specific idea!
  • Other Visuals. I (sparingly) showcase some pieces (and pictures of the snoring Orange himself) on Instagram under the SnoringOrangeStudio profile
  • Teaching. I teach individual and small group mosaic classes from my Berkeley studio. I also teach a range of mosaic classes at Rainbow Glass, in Sacramento.
  • Direct Contact. If you feel my artwork would contribute to your art/garden shop,  or are interested in a commission and pricing/availability of pieces in the gallery, please contact me. You can also schedule an appointment to visit my Berkeley studio.
  • Daily haunts. As a collaborator in the Makers Workspace (MWS), my studio is open by appointment, and during open houses I hold regular demonstrations of the mosaic design process.