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Pebble & Glass Tile Mosaic Shower

Pebble & Glass Tile Mosaic Shower

Pebble & Glass Tile Mosaic Shower

Mt. Kisco, N.Y.

Designer, Mosaic Artist and Installer:  Cathleen Newsham

Client:  Jill & Philip Lawrence

The master bathroom shower in a beautiful home in Mt. Kisco, New York. Created with white pebbles and glass tiles, Newsham designed, fabricated and installed this shower mosaic by adhering the tile to mesh with thin-set, then transporting to the home in small sections for installation.  

Creating texture with various shapes and sizes of pebbles, Newsham created a serene and unique space with a minimal palette and flowing andamento.  Circular bursts of tile surround the shower to create a sense of whimsy for these unique clients.

Sacred Heart University Chapel Baptismal Font

Sacred Heart University Chapel Baptismal Font

Sacred Heart University Chapel Baptismal Font

Fairfield, Connecticut

Creative Director, Mosaic Artist and Installer:  Cathleen Newsham

Client: Sacred Heart University, Fairfield CT

Sacred Heart University’s Campus Chapel of the Holy Spirit is a stunning work of contemporary architecture, designed by the award-winning international architecture firm of Sasaki Associates.  Occupying a prominent position on the campus quadrangle, it’s massive bells toll the hours and call the community to prayerfulness throughout the day.  The Chapel’s main worship space holds a treasury of dazzling mosaics created by the famed Father Marko Ivan Rupnik, who has created mosaics at the Redemptoris Mater Chapel in Vatican City, St. Hugo Church in Rome, and many other holy sites throughout Europe, Russia, Syria, and Slovenia.  Fairfield County Connecticut is fortunate to have two Father Rupnik masterpieces; the Sacred Heart University Chapel and The Knights of Colombus’ Headquarters Chapel in New Haven.

Asked by the university to complete a baptismal font mosaic that would highlight the chapel entryway, Modern Mosaic Arts created a stunning golden waterfall of smalti tile surrounding the image of the Holy Spirit; a single white dove.  Complementing the mosaics of Father Rupnik, the font was designed, fabricated and installed by Cathleen Newsham, owner of Modern Mosaic Arts.

Sacred Heart University’s Chapel of the Holy Spirit’s main chapel mosaics by Father Marko Ivan Rupnik

The Design Process

For many years the baptismal font stood in the chapel entryway awaiting the finishing touch of a mosaic insert.  Once hired for the project, Modern Mosaic Arts began the design process by creating templates of the areas where the mosaic would be applied.  Wanting to create an image that would reflect the name of the chapel, a single white dove was decided to be the focal point of the basin; the symbol of the Holy Spirit.

Choosing the tiles, then reversing the image, Newsham began the fabrication process st her studio in the reverse indirect method.  Adhering the tiles face down to the paper templates, the dove and golden water falls radiating from the bird began to form.

Installing the mosaics onto the font was the next step, placing the mosaics template side up into a bed of waterproof thin-set.  After allowing the thin-set to dry, the template paper was removed by wetting the paper.

The final step was grouting the mosaics with a cream colored mixture that Newsham chose to match the color of the granite stone surrounding the mosaic.

Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital

Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital

NYU Langone, Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital Mosaics

New York, N.Y.

Our latest project was fabricating and installing five mosaic murals for the beautiful new NYU Langone, Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital Pavilion.  A state of the art facility located in Manhattan at the corner of 34th & 1st Ave, the hospital was designed with the needs of children and families in mind.  The pediatric specialists provide the most advanced inpatient and outpatient care for children who have rare and complex conditions, as well as more common childhood illnesses.  For more information about this incredible new facility, click HERE.

Creative Director, Mosaic Artist and Installer:  Cathleen Newsham

Lead Mosaic Artist and Installer:  Jonathan Schreyer

Mosaic Artist:  Liadain Clancy

Mosaic Artsist:  Jasmine Jacobs

Installer:  Greg Hare

Client:  Dimensional Communications, Inc.

Contractor:  Turner Construction Company

Architects:  Skolnick Architecture + Design Partnerships

The ground floor lobby, which can be accessed on 34th street, welcomes patients and families with a replica of Lady Liberty made entirely of LEGO bricks.  The statue originally was created for the Toys R Us location at Times Square, but was purchased by the hospital when the store closed.  Surrounded by a bench in the shape of a star, Modern Mosaic Arts was commissioned to make a mosaic to cover the bench face.  Using Italian smalti, the artists created and installed a mosaic that replicates the look of the legos and complements the colors of the statue and upholstery.
In addition to the star bench mosaic, Modern Mosaic Arts was also asked to cover the face of a 60 foot long bench in a playful wave design that curves behind the Statue of Liberty.  Fabricating the mosaic of Italian smalti tile, the entire lobby pays tribute to the most recognized symbol or New York city while providing plenty of seating area for patients and families.
The elevator bank in the 7th floor lobby is surrounded by a custom built facade replicating New York City’s famed Grand Central Station, the hub of subway transportation that links Manhattan and the four outer boroughs.  Created by the talented carpenters at Dimensional Communications, the structure’s upper frieze is an 80 foot long mosaic of subway tracks that glistens with thousands of tiny glass tiles, each hand set by Modern Mosaic’s artists.
Anyone who has visited Rockefeller Center in midtown Manhattan will recognize the replica of the famed Prometheus sculpture behind the 7th floor reception desk.   Sculpted by the talented artist Hilda Borem, the golden figure floats gracefully over a mosaic background that features the signature greenery of the plaza area, and sparkles with flecks of gold smalti.
The 7th floor reading nook is designed to give patients and their siblings a private play area.  Modern Mosaic Arts created a charming mosaic that fits perfectly into the arched nook under the stairwell, and depicts a subway platform complete with characters awaiting their trains.

“Jacqueline” Picasso Wall Art

“Jacqueline” Picasso Wall Art

“Jacqueline” Picasso Wall Art

Mt. Kisco, N.Y.

This mosaic posed an interesting challenge to the design team at Modern Mosaic Arts.The original Picasso platter had broken into numerous pieces (we break a lot of pottery at MMArts, but not this one!). The collector wanted to salvage the pieces and came to us for help. How do you interpret a genuine Picasso so its original beauty can be appreciated, but looked at in a different way?  After reviewing numerous Picasso paintings, the designers noticed many of the figures were very rounded. Using the rim from the broken platter, arms were created to mimic these rounded figures. Adding their own flavor, the designers chose elements such as brightly colored pottery, rusted keys and sun-bleached shells to enhance the restructured form. We hope Picasso would have approved.

Design Process

Penthouse Gold & Marble Mosaic Floor

Penthouse Gold & Marble Mosaic Floor

Penthouse Gold & Marble Mosaic Floor

New York, N.Y.

Creative Director, Mosaic Artist and Installer:  Cathleen Newsham

Mosaic Artist and Installer: Claudia Schattman

Mosaic Artist:  Wendy Lipstein

Client:  Omnia Group

Architect:  David Paz

A penthouse in New York city’s famed SOHO neighborhood boasts marble and gold mosaic stairs and landings that were a creative collaboration between Modern Mosaic Arts, Cancos Tile and architect David Paz.  Mr. Paz designed an intricate flowing pattern that Cancos incised in white marble slabs using a wet-jet, then installed on the 5th and 6th floor landings and stairs of the luxurious penthouse condominium.  Modern Mosaic Arts Creative Director, Cathleen Newsham, then created paper templates of the incisions so the mosaics could be fabricated in thier Connecitcut studio without interrupting ongoing construction in the building.  Once the gold tile mosaic sections were completed and contruction was finalized, Newsham and Claudia Schattman installed the mosaics into the marble floor and stair incisions.  Finally, glass walls that divide the stairs areas were erected and the reflections of the mosaic in the glass complete the architect’s elegant vision of a Rorshcach-like staircase that opens up to an incredible living space in one of New York’s most desirable neighborhoods.

Transform the entrance of your home or business with a distinctive mosaic floor. Flecked with luxurious gold tile or simple bits of broken terra cotta, we can create a memorable and durable floor for any budget.  CONTACT US for more information.

Mosaic Fabrication Process

These mosaics were created in the reverse tile tape method, beginning with paper templates, then adhering the gold tiles face down to tile tape in the studio.  The mosaic was divided into sections in order to transport to the job location, then reassembled according to a map of the floor and stairs the designers had created.  Using thin set, the tiles were adhered into the incisions in the marble.  The mosaic artists chose a grout to color to closely match the white marble, which was then applied to the floor.  A final cleaning and sealing was the last step in creating this beautiful and durable floor mosaic.