From Marylou: This post is about a project I did a few years ago- a commission to mosaic a curved plastered wall for an outdoor shower/sauna . The client was really brave, the best yet, and said – I want something quirky and fanciful, and please could she notice something new, every time she had a shower? She gave me her collection of mosaic things, a shoebox of a few interesting pieces for me to include in the mosaic.
We made a few tile samples in the colours and designs we thought our client would approve of, and once that was all sorted, we started in earnest making hundreds and hundreds of hand made square and circle tiles, and I decorated some of them using a wax resist method- like batik textiles. The wax burns off in an extra pre-glaze firing, they are cleaned and then glazed over in light blues, greens or clear glazes.
I prepared the wall with key coat/bonding liquid and began the month long mosaicing job. It was in a lovely garden setting and very hot, so I rigged up a shade-cloth cover. I paid my son, Julian, to help me and we enjoyed working together as a team.