Growing up, I was the kid that is every mother's worst nightmare to take shopping…the kid who feels the need to touch everything! Soft, hard, scratchy, smooth - didn't matter, I had to understand the object in a tactile way. I was also interested in anything creative and explored many areas including music, drawing, writing, and cooking. I stayed with some of those pursuits for years, but none of them left me completely satisfied.
Then, on a trip to Sicily and Italy, my eyes were opened to a world of mosaics that I’d not known existed. After viewing the stunning ceiling of Monreale, the bikini girls of the Villa Romana del Casale, and St. Peter’s Cathedral there was no turning back. I was hooked on learning everything possible about mosaic.
The feel of the tesserae in my hand, the weight of the nippers or hammer, shaping this glass that is at the same time hard and soft, then placing each piece with my fingers. Mosaic is the perfect combination of my innate need to touch and desire to create.
While I love creating larger mosaic art pieces (see www.studioambenz.com
), a love of jewelry and creating in tiny spaces also appealed to me. This led me to start creating pendants, then expanding to rings, cufflinks, purse hooks and more. Creating these tiny little bits of wearable or usable art is tremendous fun and allows me to share the world of mosaic with even more people.
Based in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.