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Artist: Barbara Bussler

Studio: Mosaics and More

My Big Red Heart
Title: My Big Red Heart
Description: Mosaic on Wood
Media: Glass/Mosaics
Size: 14 x 14 x 2
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About Barbara Bussler

Artist Statement
Having grown up in Germany in my days went hand in hand with learning lots of traditional arts and crafts at home and at school, so over the years I’ve had my hands on oil and silk painting, pottery, paper cutting and decoupage, and photography while pursuing a business career during the day. Looking back I realize now that a visit to the mosaic lab of Munich’s Art Academy must have left a deeper impression with me because after being introduced to making mosaics in 2001 in Half Moon Bay, CA, I knew that I had found my medium. Creating colorful, contrasting rich mosaics became first a passion and then a profession.
I call it my way of meditation when I work on putting mosaic pieces of various materials into their final shape as I am deeply concentrated yet calm. On the contrary other steps like grouting are more tedious but then just as rewarding as only then the beauty of the final object shows through the combination of grout and chosen pieces. The materials I use are widespread, from traditional mosaic tiles to sea and Tiffany glass, rocks, found and natural objects. I put more and more emphasis on reusing materials I gather everywhere I go. That results in the fact that no one piece is like the one before. Sometimes the work happens nearly unconsciously, some other times there indeed is a clear plan (meaning pattern) to follow. I just love the possibilities of materials used and variations on a theme, my main one having been mosaic pumpkins and gourds with a natural twist for many years now.
I am a member of the Society of American Mosaic Artists, have attended many mosaic classes to study new techniques and learn from other professional artists, worked and volunteered on community projects with other mosaic artists or as the lead teacher. You can now visit me in my studio at the Art Center of Redwood City and San Carlos (#213, please contact me prior to your visit so I don’t miss you).
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