Artist Profile: Sue Majewski

Mosaic artist Sue Majewski presents her portfolio, and speaks about her background and inspiration.

 

"Poppies 1" mosaic by Susan Majewski See her artist profile at www.ArtsBusinessInstitute.org

 

ABI:  How did you originally begin creating mosaics, and how has your style developed?  

SM:  In college, I took every type of art class available, from printmaking to bookmaking. Once I started breaking things apart and rearranging pieces, I knew I had found my true artistic passion – mosaics. The process of bringing new life to something altogether different is very satisfying to me. To look for and find the beauty hidden within is special, but to share that beauty is exciting!

 

"Cross Necklace" by Susan Majewski. See her artist profile at www.ArtsBusinessInstitute.org

 

In art, I have always looked at things in our world a bit differently, shapes and patterns intriguing me most. I was always curious about “what else” or “how much more?” I was striving for just the right combination of elements to provide the perfect amount of contrast, and to create just the right look by adding and subtracting pieces. Mostly, though, knowing when to quit without overdoing an idea is a happy goal!

 

"Eddy Jones" mosaic by Susan Majewski. See her artist profile at www.ArtsBusinessInstitute.org

 

My curiosity started with broken china, tiles and glass. I was lucky enough to receive instruction from one of the best mosaic artists I know, Shug Jones. Once I soaked up her knowledge and instruction, her demonstrations, insight and critiques, I saw things differently once again. I created “Eddy Jones” (above) in her workshop and that propelled me further into the stained glass madness!

I have experimented with glass on glass and stained glass mosaics, and I always seem to gravitate back to the natural world, particularly flowers. I like to work with clay and have a small kiln, so handmade tiles are incorporated into some of the pieces I make.

 

Stained glass by Susan Majewski. See her artist profile at www.ArtsBusinessInstitute.org

 

ABI:  What are “memory pieces” and why do you make them?

SM:  My darling mother-in-law had five beautiful sisters. They would dress impeccably – matching their baubles to their St. John suits and head off to bingo, six days a week! As each of these darling women passed, their jewels were gathered, bagged and passed on. In the end, my costume jewelry supply was tremendous, and I created “Aunties Treasures” (below) in their memory.

 

"Aunties Treasures" mosaic by Susan Majewski. See her artist profile at www.ArtsBusinessInstitute.org

 

Many people have special, sentimental things, left from a loved one who has passed and they don’t know what to do with them. Instead of sitting in a bag in a drawer, let’s create something special to display, honor and remember that loved one.

 

"Duck" mosaic by Susan Majewski. See her artist profile at www.ArtsBusinessInstitute.org

 

ABI:  What is your newest direction?

SM:  Along with and included in my future artistic direction, my Memory Pieces are evolving. My newest pieces have incorporated beads. A customer purchased a beaded bird for his wife, the wildlife in their backyard being the inspiration. When she received it, she was thrilled and called me to ask me to make him a duck! These pieces are considered Memory pieces to me, because they have so much more meaning to them. “At this point in my life, I’d rather have things that mean something to me, not just things,” said my customer. I am happy to oblige.

 

Mosaic food items by artist Susan Majewski. See her artist profile at www.ArtsBusinessInstitute.org

 

My current and future pieces are still evolving … often including food items. I can’t wait to see what comes next.

 

 

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Comments

  1. Sue Majewski’s art pieces are truly unique, beautiful and amazing! When and where is your next show? The artwork shows great light with choice of colors, love of life and bright futures! Love your work!!!

  2. Betsy Kelly says:

    Such a talent! I’m truly inspired by her work and words!

  3. Susan you continue to impress me with your devotion to this craft. So glad to see this article that offers you an opportunity to share some of your thoughts, and show off some of your beautiful work! So proud to say you were my inspiration for creating mosaics myself for some time. I love your enthusiasm for art! i love it all:)

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