For over ten years now, I have been creating Pique Assiette mosaics and teaching others the craft. This venture is something that I never anticipated, however, the events of September 11, 2001 inadvertently changed the course of my life. After 18 years of working in the travel industry, by the end of that fateful month, I suddenly found myself without a job. As the saying goes, when one door closes, another opens. Little did I know at the time where my journey would lead me. My younger son, Matthew, had been telling me for some time that he wanted to be home schooled. We have many close friends and family members in the large home school community, so I was familiar with the concept, but never thought it was something that my family would do. Because I was no longer working, it was something that we could now consider. After much prayer, we decided to try it, and the rest is history. Greek history to be exact. Matt and I were studying the ancient Greeks, when we came upon a unit on mosaics. We bought a stepping stone kit at Michael’s, which we worked on together, and I have never stopped! I fell in love with mosaics. A few months later we joined a large home school co-op where I volunteered to teach mosaics. Not only did I find that I loved working with children, but I discovered that they loved doing mosaics as well. I worked with close to a hundred kids over the years at the co-op and I will always remember that time to be so richly rewarding. I enjoyed it so much so, that even when Matt left the co-op to attend Baptist High School, I stayed on for a few more years working with my beloved students. Matt graduated from Baptist in 2011 and is now attending Camden County College as a Computer Science major.
Today, I work and sell my mosaics in four stores. Two of them, Medford and Rancocas, are artisan co-operatives, where I do many classes, workshops, ladies nights and birthday parties. In July of 2012 I was so honored when the Medford store was voted as best place for parties in South Jersey Magazine. My husband and I are also very blessed to work with mentally disabled adults at the White Pines Center in Pitman. We consider them to be family.
This past year I asked one of my very talented students, Michelle Feigenbutz, to partner with me and she has become such a great friend and an inspiration. Her love for vintage mosaics balances out my love for earthy ones perfectly. She truly has an artist's heart and together we have a ball doing all of the local craft shows. My life is so busy now and my business is expanding all of the time, but for someone who was born with the need to create, I feel so blessed that God has not only allowed me to discover my passion, but has given me the opportunity to share it with others as well because I have met so many wonderful people along the way! God Bless you, and thank you for visiting my site.