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Mosaic Designs By Annie B

The Art and Design of Annie Thomas-Burke

Updated: 2018-03-05T22:10:30.967-05:00


New Mosaic Sale Page!


Hi Everyone, I know! It's been 6 months since I have updated this blog.Lets just say life sure does throw curve balls :)Back in action and better than ever, I have updatedmy website to include a buy now mosaic section.Here are just a few of my recent smaller pieces.I am happy to report that after a summer and fall spent getting to know several gallery board members and co-op owners, I have been asked to submit my work toboth a high end gallery co-op and a popular gift gallery as well.I am so happy to have these venues open to my work year round.I adore the people at the market on Sunday's, but the rest of the time my art hangs in my home. It needs light and love. Not just a good cleaning :)So, buy my work before the added commission of these new venues start in January.Mosaic Sale Here____________________________________Here's a little tutorial for prepping foam balls for mosaic work.Enjoy! Ball Prep____________________________________I wish you all a lovely Holiday season.I will be taking a bit of a break for the most part.I have one commission to get out before the 24th and therest of the month will be for shopping, wrapping and baking goodies.I hope yours will be much the same.Much love and joy to you all.Please "like" my Local Business page on Facebook. I will be phasing out the artist page for the business page. src="" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" style="border:none; overflow:hidden; width:160px; height:427px;" allowTransparency="true">Thanks! Annie[...]

2010 small mosaic stock


Chattanooga Market June 27th 2010

Tiny Dancer



Slow but steady...


The first couple of months of 2010 have been
rather slow artistically. Plans to expand
my studio space have been slowed as well by illness and injury.
My studio is in disarray making creative juices hard
to find.

The end of 2009 was a whirlwind of mosaic work needing
completion in time for the holiday. With the fall bash
and art show I think it all just wore me out and my
body took over and demanded a break.

I did complete those mosaics and each client was
very pleased.

Sisters By The Sea is a 16x20 inch mosaic before framing.
Thank you to the DeFoor family for the honor.


The other completed commission was for a friends
volunteer firefighter husband.
His truck number 7 of Walker County Georgia
11x14 without framing.

My work has been blogged recently by Irit Levy.
I was extremely honored to be included.
Irit Levy's Blog

I am finally working on the kite piece.
I'm also increasing stock for the first market day
in April 2010. I am so pleased to be a member of the
Chattanooga Market family.
Don't miss opening day the end of April 2010!

Hope you are all staying warm!

Kite Flying put on hold.


It was to be my next piece some time ago,
that image of a boy flying a kite...
but happily I have gained two commissions
since then that must be finished before
The first is a lovely image of three
sisters on the beach. Commissioned by
their mother. I just love capturing this
type of image in glass.


The other is a firetruck commission that
was ordered and then put on hold by the
client for a time. That one is back on
and will also be a Christmas gift.

Our annual fall party this year included
and art show and sale. I sold several pieces.
Not as many as I had hoped, but several
more orders were taken for small items.
It ended up being a rainy day, which I think
kept people away. Those that came tried
mosaics by making coasters. It was a fun time
that showed them a little of what I do all day.
I'll grout them and send them back to them soon.

The slide show playing in the sidebar
includes my latest flickr images.
My latest pieces, WIP's often and other images
I post there. Have a look at any time.

My facebook personal page has gone dark for
the most part. It is just too much for them
to expect you to be able to keep up with two.
One for personal and one for business.
So join the fan page if you are just on
the personal one.

I cant wait to see what everyone came up with
for the Winter White exhibit at Ciel.
I was just in small mosaic mode for the sale
and had no time to complete anything.
I hope to get there sometime in November to
see it. Pam always does such a great job with
the execution and promotion of these events.

Off to recover from the busy month!
Hope you are all well!

September starts with a smile...


Hello everyone!Thanks to all my new subscribers!I have just returned from theContemporary Mosaic Art 2009 exhibit inCharlotte NC. For those of you that have notexperienced such an event, please do. It is notthe stuffy atmosphere of the movies.It is an abundance of color and light to seemosaics in person. I try not to miss an openingif at all possible!The exhibit continues through October atCiel Charlotte. Thank you to Pam GoodeCurator and Artist for the opportunityto show my work in such a lovely venue.You can see photos of the event in my FlickrBut see it in person if you can!I was also asked to demonstrate my cuttingtechniques to artists and gallery visitors alike.I had a few moments of worry over the factthat teaching didn't seem like anything I coulddo. I am actually shy unless I talk myself intonot being so. I thought about what an amazing giftthis offer was and went full on into it.I am pleased to say that it has to be one of themost satisfying evenings of my life.What I learned could fill a page. The main lessonbeing, opportunities happen, allow the gift of it.-------------------------IN THE STUDIO:Pendant Mania continues...Adorable tiny pouches arrived alongwith organza ribbon chokers or cordingchoices. Presentation completed, I alsocreated a hanging display for them.My habit of DIY continues.-------------------------------UP NEXT:11x14 Titled Flying HighI'll also be working on a Firetruck fora local volunteer fire fighter.---------------------------------------Watch for the announcement of our: Fall Bash / Open Studio and Sale"Save the Date" announcement soon.It's getting closer!If you are a local artist, contact me to includeyour work for this event.Confirmed artists; The deadline is September 15thfor any needs your work may require.----------------------------------------------- This Weeks Mosaic/Studio Tip: Don't forget your local discount tool warehouse for Mosaic supplies.Locally, (Georgia) I frequent Harbor Freight.Items I use include, parts sorter trays.Several of these surround me filled with glassas I work, My palette. With the handy pour spout,clean up is fast as well.Of course mine is filled with glass :)Harbor FreightWhile you are there search for...Rubber tool chest liners. For a non-slip surface thatassists in holding my glass steady as I score.It costs a fraction of items sold for this purposeand does the exact same thing. ---------------------------COMMISSION ORDERS:Deadline to ensure Christmas Delivery is September 30th.Any commissions, large or small, need to be in by that date.Have a wonderful September Everyone!Annie Thomas-Burke(Find me on facebook too! )http://www.designsbyannieb.comannieb43@charter.net423-544-3784[...]

Summer Abundance


Hello!Exciting things are happening for my business andfor myself. I am feeling a creative down turn butalso a marketing upswing at the same time.This is important, but not as fun as creating art.Lately I have been reading:I highly recommend it for artists every where!Find It Here -------------------------EVENTS:I will be attending the opening of the Contemporary MosaicArt 2009 exhibit at Ciel Charlotte. Happily, two of my pieceswere accepted for this juried show. If you are interested, pleasejoin us on the 4th and 5th of September 2009.My thanks to Pam Goode for honoring me with aninvitation to demonstrate my glass cutting techniqueson the 5th of September for the "Meet The Artist"Reception. I'll be working on a mosaic floral pieceof Black Eyed Susan's. If you are in the area, stopby and watch me work. Several other artists willbe demonstrating as well!-------------------------IN THE STUDIO:I actually only completed one mosaic in Julyand half of August. It is the very detailed pumppiece below. All those tiny cuts are right up my alley.I loved every minute of creating it.Today I am creating a few pendants.Up next are small pieces for a fall sale here.Watch for those announcements!!Latest work:Summer Abundance18x24 unframed, all stained glass.Available soon through Ciel Charlotte.------------------------------------Current Marketing Campaign PostcardI'm in the midst of a marketing blitz. :)---------------------------------------Watch for the announcement of our: Fall Bash / Open Studio and Sale"Save the Date" announcement soon.----------------------------------------------- This Weeks Mosaic/Studio Tip: Attach a vinyl roller blind under the lip of your table surface.When you are doing a messy task,just pull the roller shade up and over the table top. Once used and dry, give it a little tug to retract the blind. Cost, about $5.00 for the cheap vinyl ones... ---------------------------COMMISSION ORDERS:Deadline to ensure Christmas Delivery is September 30th.Any commissions, large or small, need to be in by that date.---------------------------Have a wonderful September Everyone!Annie Thomas-Burke(Find me on facebook too! )http://www.designsbyannieb.comannieb43@charter.net423-544-3784[...]

It's been a while, But I've been busy!


Hello, it's been a long time since I have updated here.I should be ashamed, but I have been busy in the studio.It's a great excuse! I do tend to be neglectful of this space.If you need a fix, you can also find me on Facebook and Flickr.In June I was honored to be featured on the front pageof our local paper. The full story is at the link below theimage here, the same image was used in the article.I was very pleased with the article and the exposure itbrought me.ARTICLEMy most recent work is wall piece of a spot in myfront garden bed. An old and much loved water pumpthere among the flowers and shrubs. I have completedthis same image on canvas with acrylic paints.Now I am about half way through with the mosaic ofthe same image. It is quite interesting to see the differencein technique and results for each medium. I have beenhaving fun with all of it.Prior to these fun projects I completed a few giftsand a butterfly that is dear to my heart. A lost friendprompted me to recreate an image from her photographycollection. My child's birthday, a thank you and ananniversary were inspiration for the others.Those projects are below...Thanks for checking in here to see what I have been up to![...]

A Year of work


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2008 was a great year!


It's been an an incredible year of mosaic education.
My pieces are selling. I am pleased to say.

My goal for 2008 was to get my website updated, an ETSY store
going and to take the time away from family duties to do my art.

I have accomplished each goal, not by the end of 2008
exactly but now today, all those issues have been taken care of.
Two months late, but done all the same.

The taking time away one, being the hardest for me.
Because with a family of five in a 2000 square foot home,
there is always something that needs done.
Making my work hours a priority in my families eyes
has been an education for them as well.
They are old enough to take over home care, each being over
18 now...they can also take over meal prep a night a week each.
Though honestly they aren't home that much in the evenings anyway.
So the nest empties at the same time I need it to. Making all things easier.

Time to create is a good thing.
My goal for the first half of 2009 is to get a print
portfolio in order and other advertising as well.
To submit more work to galleries and shows,
both locally and elsewhere.

It's been a while


I have been consumed with glass.

Here's a few of my latest pieces...


This Child Of Mine
Currently on exhibit at Ciel Charlotte.

(image) Bliss, All stained glass.
Original from a photo I took in Michigan this summer.

Ode To Klimt, Mother and Child.
Titled Molly's Gift

(image) A Dancers Grace, Sold

see more at www.designsbyanniebcom

June 2008 Completed works.


Red Rock Journey,
Commission June 2008



Essence Of Summer Mosaic
11x14 Hardibacker substrate


Confidence Mosaic
9x14 Foam substrate.
Available for purchase.
Stained and Tempered Glass


May 2008 Work Completed


I have had a productive month along with my
daughter graduating and another moving out.
It's been wonderful to escape to the studio.
Enjoy my latest pieces! Commissions always welcome!


(image) Foam substrate with thinset and plaster wrap applied for strength.
Stained Glass wall hanging 10x10 inches, Sold.
Faux Stone Wall Hanging

Dance With Me

(image) Stained Glass on Hardibacker, Framed 205.00

A Dancer's Grace

Foam substrate with thinset and plaster wrap applied for strength.
Stained Glass wall hanging 12x14 inches, Sold.
Faux Stone Wall Hanging



My Latest project(image) Stained glass on 8x10 wood piece.
Woman by the lake.

Landscape complete


Titled; Autumn Muse

948 Leaves, yes they were counted!
Not by me of course, that would make me go crazy.
See it bigger here: Flickr

My thanks again to my flickr friends for their encouragement and support.

Sharing the art...


I started a local freecycle list a few years ago and recently
a chat list as a sister list to it.
The purpose was to have a way for people in this very
rural area to get together occasionally and go to dinner,
meet for a movie, chat and support each other.
When they found out that I have a working studio
and was willing to open it to them, the idea was hatched
to meet here to learn various art and tool techniques.

Today two members came and we did stepping stone
mosaics. I think they had a great time.
I am looking forward to the next one!


Completed, and honored


I'm so pleased to have this wonderful outcome for the masks.
Credit must go to my flickr band of amazing friends who
supported my ability to do this from the start.

(image) I have been honored by the Murano Millefiori site by
being asked to submit this art to their store gallery.
The exposure this will bring to me is massive and I
thank them profoundly.

Two other on line sources and wonderful people
have asked to do features on my work and me.
Terrifying stuff!

One must move through fear to
see what is on the other side.

(image) This is the current update on a teak serving tray I am
creating. A landscape of the northern woods and a
beloved studio space there. It encourages me to grow
in this art form wonderfully!

Thank you all for the honor of being my friends
and for supporting my work!

Please see any of the images in this blog on my flickr site.

Comedy and Tragedy Masks Commission


It there anything better than finishing a project?
I cant find it if there is.
I am very pleased with the results and to be on to the next project!

After grouting that is...
Will be sending this to my client within the week!



Next Project sketch....
Commission in Progress:
Kudo's to: Maryland Mosaic's and Murano Millefiori!

Larger Pictures in Flickr
Kathy at Maryland Mosaics is amazingly fast with shipping.
You barely place an order and get an email saying it has
been shipped. Not to mention a huge supply of anything
you may need. And her usual gift packet in each order.
All carefully wrapped in tissue paper and tied with
lovely ribbon every time! I bought these beautiful
Cameo's this time. They have been in my wish list for
a long time. I love this store! My gift this time was
several more cameos and those small bags of glitter
3/8 inch tiles.

Murano Millefiori actually called me to let me know
that my shipping could be cheaper and faster if I
picked a different option. Ok!
Their selection of Mille is outstanding!
Shop with them both please!

A Wip and the next project....


Beginning the layout process for a new piece,
Scan, Enlarge, Mosaic!

(image) The substrate will be a breakfast tray,
this will be a gift to a friend.

WIP (work in progress)
Commission piece Comedy and Tragedy Classic Masks.


See the process bigger at:
My Flickr Portfolio

Completed Butterfly


Titled: I Dream Of Spring

Constructed out of 2 inch foam over plywood.
See the entire process on my flickr account at
Art...Bit By Bit

Available for Purchase.

Foam Prep


(image) Foam objects are prepped for future Mosaic Pieces.
The foam is prepped with rigid wrap bandages then a coat of
thinset is applied. The combination makes the objects strong
enough to drop onto concrete without damage.
I know from experience!

Gone Fishin'


This large piece depicts
a quiet afternoon alone at the local fishing pond.

24 inch square Vitreous Tile,
Stained Glass, Ceramics.

(image) Available For Purchase.
Email Inquiries To:
annieb43 (at) Charter (dot) net

Pieces Of Me


Full Torso Mannequin
Shown here completed in Decoupage Medium
Retro Design.

(image) Mosaic Options Available By Commission.

More Of My Work


The Jester
Commission Piece(image) ------------------------------------------------------------------

French Country Frame

Small Frames

Recent Work


Memory Mosaic


Created using items from a lifetime.
Commissions Welcome.
This is a perfect gift for a loved one!
Contact me at: annieb43 (at) charter (dot) net