2013: A year in review

2013 has been a year of change for Rachel Sager Mosaics. Life changes, geography changes, studio changes, career changes.

TEACHING: You may have noticed a lack of new work posted this year. The leap into teaching my singular mosaic process has been partly to blame for this dearth of work. To my delighted surprise, I have found teaching to be a rewarding and energizing act. Sharing knowledge, philosophy, and creating new relationships with my passionate students has fed me in ways I never expected. Upcoming workshops include Stories in Stone, (May 16-19, 2014 and August 10-16, 2014), at Touchstone Center for Crafts in the summer of 2014. Take a look at their Workshops Preview by Date section for 2014.

Touchstone has made the smart decision to build a mosaic learning foundation into their curriculum. Partly due to the incredible success of my inaugural workshops, they will be hosting a small army of the most in demand mosaic instructors for the 2014 season. I predict Farmington, PA will become a mosaic learning destination. Mark it on your map and get yourself to the beautiful Allegheny Mountains!

In addition, I have been chosen as the representative artist for a learning initiative called the Craft Integration Program. The Craft Integration Program is a collaborative effort between educators, artists, and arts and cultural organizations to create a versatile tool to guide the design and implementation of high quality arts integration. Working directly with Uniontown High School teachers and spearheaded by Touchstone, I will be using my mosaic craft to interact directly with students in non-art classes.

TALKING: This year began with a fortuitous TEDx talk at Kenyon College in Ohio and ends with a speech about my Marcellus art to the San Francisco American Geophysical Union Conference in December where up to 20,000 geologists will be in attendance. Turns out, the world is interested in my Mole’s Eye View of Marcellus as Mosaic.

Other highlights were speaking to a Cape Cod audience at the Signatures Exhibition, a fun lecture at The Society of Contemporary Craft in Pittsburgh, along with several speaking engagements at Touchstone. I’ve been talking a lot!

SHOWING: It’s always an honor to be chosen for inclusion in the prestigious Mosaic Arts International, which this year was held in Tacoma, Washington. As an exciting addition to MAI, I was also invited to participate in the cutting edge, site specific Transpostions exhibition in Seattle. Pushing the tessarae envelope with Printlandia: A Conversation with My Printer was, by far, the most fun I’ve had this year in being a smart ass. A road trip up to The Cape of Cod for the highly successful Signatures Exhibition, and a solo show at Touchstone Center for Craft rounded out a very busy year.

WORKING: The studio has moved to the quirky hilltop neighborhood of Beechview, just outside of downtown Pittsburgh. My new live/work space, dubbed The Fort, is renovated and ready for visitors. I plan to open my studio to private student experiences this winter. Please contact me if you are interested in a personalized, one on one learning experience with me and The Hammer.

Keep a lookout for additions to the website in the form of new work in the coming months. A Fallingwater commission, a new Ashley Judd piece and an extended collaboration with Sophie Drouin are all coming down the pike…