A Labor of Love

I have a very supportive and generous husband, Ted, my resident patron of the arts (patron of my art, to be exact). The hallway floor just outside my studio needed to be redone, so we bought some plain square tiles. However, knowing my love for mandalas, Ted dropped a tile (on purpose, of course) and soon found himself in a project slightly more involved than placing the original tiles down. All the pieces are hand cut. He also added pieces from rocks collected by our grandchildren, and a few extra tiles he bought for color variation. Let me show you a couple sections (the color looks different because of variable lighting):

Mosaic Floor outside studio door

Mosaic Floor outside studio door

Mosaic floor further down hallway

Mosaic floor further down hallway

Gorgeous? I certainly think so. I know it’s a cliché, but the pictures do not do the floor justice. Ted has never thought of himself as an artist. I beg to differ.

Lest you think this is a small floor:

The entire hallway

The entire hallway

About CarolWiebe

Art entices, inspires, and delights me. Art is a vehicle for laughter, tears, wonder, enlightenment--taking me on a constant path of discovery. You can't say that about housework (except, perhaps, for the crying part).
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11 Responses to A Labor of Love

  1. arlee says:

    He definitely IS an artist! That is so unique!

  2. JWH says:

    What a sweetie – and artistic, too!!

  3. Twila Blume says:

    Yes, gorgeous, absolutely. And, yes, he is an artist in my mind.

  4. michelle says:

    love the floor!!!!! Hubby definately has creative juices going there!!!

  5. Tammy Vitale says:

    Awesome! I love the whole spaciousness and beauty of it! I always think in terms of using hand-made tiles for things like this, but obviously you can get the store bought ones (often for free in the throw-out piles behind tile shops) and lookie what you can do with them! I’m so impressed – and jealous (love the idea of rocks from grandkids included in the finished piece…)

  6. carolwiebe says:

    Tammy! Coming from a person who works with clay, that is a HUGE compliment, which I have passed on to the artist. He is beaming!

  7. carolwiebe says:

    JWH, Twila, Michelle: Ted is quite overwhelmed by all the attention. Of course, everyone in our neighborhood is dropping in to see THE FLOOR.

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  11. Lis Ricketts says:

    Ted is God’s art. Too have the vision is one thing; to complete it quite another! My father-in-law once built a pool for his wife. He went to the nearby river and collected smooth round rocks,(as you can imagine many many trips to the river). He used slate blackboards from a falling down old schoolhouse for the bottom of the pool. On the pool walls he embedded treasures like eye glasses, bottle caps, keys, coins, shells, fossils, etc. in amongst the river rock and dark plaster. The pool had a natural waterfall and was nestled under huge Valley Oaks and surrounded by ferns and ivy. The children and grandchildren enjoyed many games of “Eye Spy”. Sadly when his wife passed away the pool fell into disrepair and was swallowed up by ivy and leaf litter.

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