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Contemporary mosaic art has an almost limitless variety of style and form, ranging from flat surfaces to three-dimensional objects. This album displays the work of 45 international artists with brief descriptions of their lives and artistic philosophies. As a source of ideas, it is similar to Martin Cheek's Mosaics Design Sourcebook (LJ 10/15/98), with a broader range of styles and motifs. There are no projects, but the mosaic works are beautifully photographed with detailed close-ups as well as views of entire pieces, many of which are outdoors or are architectural features in buildings. Recommended for arts and crafts collections.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Glass mosaicists take note and check out this book. Authors Locktov and Clagett have put together an impressive portfolio of artists working with mosaics in glass, ceramic, stone, and mixed media. Despite the varied materials, the section of "Mosaic Design" devoted to glass and mixed media mosaics is so rich in inspiring works, it will drive home even further the notion that the resurgence of mosaics is the most exciting thing happening in flat glass today. The group of glass artist featured includes Erin Adams (whose work is featured on page 6 in this issue), Ellen Blakely, whose preferred medium is shattered safety glass salvaged from vandalized bus shelters and store windows, Felice Nittolo of Ravenna, Italy, who works in Byzantine styled mosaics, Lucio Orsoni of the Orsoni factory who specializes in the use of smalti (small, glass mosaic elements) and Diana Maria Rossi, whose highly faceted surfaces have a strong emotional impact. The artists whose works employ other media offer plenty in the way of inspiration, making, this handsome volume a valuable resource for today's mosaic movement. -- Glass Craftsman Magazine, December 1998 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Rockport Publishers (February 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1564968758
  • ISBN-13: 978-1564968753
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 9 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,853,244 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 15, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Are you tired of the usual instructional, how-to book on simplistic, hobby-style mosaic art? Are you looking for a book on quality mosaic art that will captivate and inspire you? Well, this book is like visiting an art gallery totally devoted to exceptional mosaic art. It is especially good for the experienced mosaic artist as it is filled with inspirational and diverse mosaic masterpieces. If you have ever wanted a book on mosaics that passes on the instruction, but thoroughly inspires you with unbounded creativity, this is the book for you!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Bron Mitchell on December 17, 2002
Format: Paperback
This is an interesting, inspiring and beautifully presented book of work from mosaic artists around the world. There is so much variety in terms of style, technique, materials, and colour, and I very much like the fact that there are many photos of works in their entirety as well as pieces showing closeups of the same work in detail. There are generally between four and six pages for each artist, showcasing their work and talking a little bit about their artistic background, their technique used for certain pieces and their inspirations, all of which I found fascinating and brought me to a greater understanding of how the piece was created.
I admit that not everything in the book is to my own personal tastes: my preferences lean towards the more colourful. Among my favourite mosaicists in this collection are Erin Adams, whose compositions are based on intricately patterned oriental rugs; Gary Stephens, whose weird and wonderful designs feature brightly coloured fruit, fish, frogs, and ukelele-playing mermen (!); Linda Beaumont, especially for the assortment of objects she incorporates into mosaics; and Candace Bahouth, who I feel has a great eye for colour and shape. Nonetheless, there is a lot of creativity and enthusiasm evident in all the work in the book, whatever your tastes.
It also has possibly the best introduction I have ever read in a book about mosaic: "Mosaic design is a fascinating art based on paradoxes that must be embraced. Among these are the pieces, multiple objects of simplicity fused into a singular, complex wholeness; the irregularity that springs from deliberation; and, more often than not, the creation that is wrought from destruction. Such paradoxes are put into context by the mosaicist when the principles of other visual arts are applied.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 7, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Shows various methods of mosaics I never thought of before, very helpful for the beginner as well the advanced mosaicist. I really enjoyed reading it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 27, 1999
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Fantastic! Inspirational! I've been waiting for a book like this for a long time. Anyone interested in this medium and for those who think they couldn't do it - check out this masterpiece. Anything goes! Congratulations to the artists and the authors.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 24, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Breathtakingly inspirational ... it really is an artform and here it is taken very seriously. The book covers a wide range of comtemporary styles which are all unique and fascinating in their own way. A must for any budding mosaicist.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on March 20, 2002
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The Art Of Mosaic Design: A Collection Of Contemporary Artists by JoAnn Loctove and Leslie Plummer Clagett is a stunningly impressive, full-color artbook filled with photographs of both two-dimensional and three-dimensional mosaic works by forty-two bright, talented, and inspirational modern artists drawn from the U.S., Italy, England, Norway, France, Israel, and Japan. Amazing arrays of color, design, theme, and texture abound in this vibrant modern artbook make The Art Of Mosaic Design strongly recommended addition to any personal or art school reference library collection.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 8, 1998
Format: Hardcover
This book is an exceptional overview of the state of contemporary mosaic art. The photos are exquisite and the text inspirational. Clearly, this book is a labor of love by the artists, writers, and publisher. A great resource for someone looking to commission a mosaic project. After reading this book, I went out and purchased a mosaic piece from one of the artists in the book
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 8, 1999
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Although it's an ideal resource for the mosaic-minded, you don't have to have a great interest in mosaics to enjoy this book. All you need is an enjoyment and appreciation of beauty and craftsmanship. A terrific book to keep on display or give as a gift.
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