Pique Assiette is a style of mosaic that incorporates pieces of
broken ceramics - plates, dishes, cups, tiles - and other
found objects into a mosaic design. Pique Assiette is
commonly referred to as Memoryware, Shardware, Broken
China Mosaic, and Bits and Pieces Mosaics.
Pique Assiette comes from the French term translated as
"stolen from plate." This folk art began in France and is
attributed to Raymond Edouard Isidore. Born in 1900, Isidore
began collecting glass and pottery shards in 1938 from the
fields near his home in Chartes, France. A bit on the
obsessive side, he began covering anything that would stand
still with his findings and when every surface of his house,
inside and out became covered with his mosaic designs, he
soon became a spectacle. He was infamously referred to as
"Picassiette" - plate stealer. This term has stuck today to
describe this folk art.
Mosaic art is not only beautiful but one of the oldest art
forms. There is a long tradition of using discarded materials
in the creation of something new. The ancient Romans and
Greeks used mosaic art. Aztecs used mosaics as
embellishment. This art form remains alive and well today.
The 'Found Objects' add a unique beauty and special
interest to mosaic projects. In addition to china and pottery
pieces, vintage buttons, antique jewelry, river rock, sea
glass,and shells add a unique touch to a piece of mosaic art.
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