Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Please Support The Tile House in Wonder Valley California

In the Mohave Desert outside Joshua Tree, in Wonder Valley is a magical place called the Tile House. The Tile House is an art project/home by artist Perry Hoffman. Perry's goal is to cover the entire house in mosaic. To achieve that goal he has set up a Kickstarter to raise the funds needed to complete the project. Below are some words from Perry about the project and be sure t follow the links for more info and to donate!

"My name is Perry Hoffman, a mosaic artist who has been creating an art installation, roadside attraction, beacon and portal now known as the Tile House. The Tile House is also my home, in the Mojave desert near Joshua Tree, in Wonder Valley. I moved from San Francisco to the desert in 2000. I have been working on this project for eleven years. I have mosaic/tiled walls inside and outside the house. as well as some floors, using my handmade fused glass and ceramics, Mexican tile, smalti, thrift store bric-a-brac and donations of ceramics from fellow artists in the desert and other gifts from kind individuals. This house reflects the beauty of the desert and is a mirror of wildlife, beauty and gigantic skies. As you can see in the video it is almost impossible to capture the expanse and range of mosaics that has become this installation/portal to a magical desert. I would like to complete this installation by the end of 2013. Scaffolding, thin set, tile and labor are needed to finish the walls, approximately 500 sq feet outside and 2300 sq feet inside. When I am away the house is rented as a vacation rental.

The notes people leave me are often of a cathartic nature which tells me that my art is communicating something of value and helping people see themselves and the desert in a new way"
So if you are in need of a desert get-away the Tile House is the place, follow the link for more info. And if you can spare a few bucks be sure to follow the link and donate to a wonderful project. Click here to donate today! If you cant donate money I know that Perry gladly accepts donations of tile. Leave a comment below.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Cool Stuff

So I have continued to neglect So Cal Potters, and I do hope to get back to regular posting soon but I had something to share!
Last year I had to pack up my studio and put it into storage.  In cleaning up I had gathered a couple boxes of odds and ends from some projects as well as some failed ideas.  I hated to throw it all away and thought I should find someone to give them to so that it could have a new life and hopefully inspre.  Then I remembered one of the interviews here at So Cal Potters was with Mosaic Artist Perry Hoffman and sent him an messsage.
Today I saw this photo with my tiles and masks scattered about this amazing wall.  How cool to have this in your yard!  This is part of Perry's latest project and I cant get over the feeling I got when I saw it, and my creations being a part of someone elses creation. If you ever wanted to learn the art of mosaic, Perry does workshops at his home in Santa Barbara or in Wonder Valley.  Go to his mosaic page for more info