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The miraculous journey of a mosaic

In 2015, when I exhibited pieces for the Hamam mosaic in Brazil, visitors asked for a similar mosaic for their house in Washington. Years went by…

Floor mosaic in private residence, Ayvalik, Turkey 4m2, natural stone

We have since moved to Washington and I now live in here and in Berlin. In September 2023, I met our friends again and asked them if they were still thinking about the mosaic they had asked me for so many years ago. I met them in their house, we looked for a place and found a suitable niche above the bathtub. One of the fish from the Ayvalik mosaic could swim well there!

I presented them with 4 designs for the 45×29″ niche and an estimate, they chose one design and accepted the budget.Design_M&C_Oct_23

In November and December 2023, I produced the mosaic on a temporary support in my studio in Berlin. I glued the tesserae upside down onto craft paper.


When I was finished after 40 hours, I was able to cut the mosaic apart and pack it in pieces between polystyrene sheets for transportation to Washington.

As the journey went via our chalet in the mountains of Switzerland, the mosaic also traveled up there and back down into the valley before flying to Washington. It arrived there with me in one piece on January 8, 2024.

I fitted the mosaic to the specially made aluminum frame and glued it in with thinset tile glue. Then came the exciting moment of uncovering the mosaic. After a few hours, the wet wrapping paper could be removed.

On January 26, 2024, the time had come – the mosaic could be slid into the niche. The clients were overjoyed! It goes perfectly with the interior of the bathroom!

Commission in private residence, Washington DC, Jan 24, 45×29″, natural stone, ceramic tile, glass tile

Happy holidays from MosaicMoments Studio

Happy holidays from the MosaicMoments studio! As I wrap up 2023 and my first full year in my Berlin studio, I reflect on the many lovely moments and projects that took place, and look forward to opening studio number 2 in Washington DC in 2024.

  1. My lovely studio in Berlin
  2. Mosaic in action
  3. Happily working along during open studio sessions
  4. Lovely mosaics from my beginners workshop in Feb.
  5. Putting up the community project @ the Möckernkiez
  6. Group workshop celebrating a dear friends birthday
  7. A family effort installing our kitchen mosaic in Berlin
  8. Attending the SAMA conference in Buffalo and joining in on a great workshop with Carol Shelkin
  9. Creations with SMALTI, Byzantine glass and natural stone @ Cosmomusivo Studio, Berlin
  10. Work in progress for private commissioned piece

Wishing you all a good start in the new year and hope to share more mosaicmoments with you in 2024

The kitchen Mosaik is ready!

The setting of the 350x50cm mosaic in 0,8 cm crystal glass tiles brought my family in Berlin together: first my sister in law Carolin and her lovely daughters Frida and Fanny came and helped setting the blue area above the stove.

Frida  (12) and Fanny (9) loved the blue mosaic tiles and Carolin and I mached their lines with green and brown. My initial idea was to bring the colors of the Linde, the tree in front of the kitchen into the kitchen. But when I checked my stock of material I couldn’t leave the very unique collection of blue and red tiles aside.  So the blue tones ended up above the stove to cool me down when I am in my cooking fever and the red tiles ended up above the sink. The reds were set by my son Emil and my husband Martin who had a great session one afternoon listening to music and setting tiles together.

The installation on to the backdrop between the existing kitchen cabinets was rather tricky. I secured the mosaic tiles from the top with mosaic tape and cut the 3,5m into 12 sections . The most difficult part was the height. After measuring about 10 times it came out that at one end it was 50cm and at the other it was 51 cm. I decided to add tiles one by one for the higher part.

On installation day my husband helped to glue the mosaic to the wall and together we worked fantastic as a team. Didn’t expect that, as Martin is usually the one who workes with emails, meetings and phone calls and not with cement, tiles and around slopie lines.

When I grouted the mosaic my parents in law came by and my mother in law was the best grout cleaner in the world! With her 82 years she polished the tiles with great rigor.

We had a lot of fun debating if the Film that was still to be seen a residue of the grout material or the quality of the smoked glass!

I love my kitchen mosaic and all the time I spent with people dear to me making it.