If you’ve ever watched design shows on TV, you’ve probably seen tables, chests, and bar carts with mosaic tops made from broken dishes. Shows like Flee Market Flip often feature them. I have a problem with smashing perfectly good china, but for those pieces that are chipped and cracked, this is a way to repurpose them, especially if they have sentimental value or feature beautiful designs.
On a recent stroll through an outdoor craft fair I came across an artist who goes a step further in his use of broken dishes as an artistic medium. Steve Terlizzese is a collage mosaic artist. His whimsical pieces go far beyond typical tabletops, chests, and bar carts. He’s created hall trees, grand clocks, sculptures, and more. His creations feature broken china, porcelain, ceramics, and pottery as well as glass, tile, shells, game pieces, and jewelry. Or as he states on his website, “any other damn thing that’s shiny, curvy, bumpy, blingy, fancy, pretty, funny, or artsy.”
Steve calls his style “maximalism” and describes it as “a party for the eyes, a riotous celebration of color and texture, a gathering of lots and LOTS of interesting objects that challenge the creative mind to find the commonalities, contrasts and clashes.”
Some of Steve’s work can be seen in public art settings around Chattanooga, TN. Now granted, his work is not for everyone, but what art is? Personally, his creations put a smile on my face. I wouldn’t mind having one of his small mirrors or wall pieces hanging in my home. What about you?