When china and ceramic pieces are broken into small, oddly shaped, highly decorated pieces, and then arranged in patterns with other found objects to create a mosaic, it is a mosaic technique called Pique Assiette. Wikipedia describes it as: "… a style of mosaic that incorporates pieces of broken ceramics—plates, dishes, cups, tiles—and other found objects into the design. The name comes from the French pique-assiette, meaning 'one who eats from others' plates' ". This last statement "cracked" me up (sorry) as I envisioned mosaic artists eating off of other people's plates then grabbing them and breaking them into pieces.
What I love about this technique is that your pallet of colors, patterns and texture is huge. You finally have justification for cutting up that ugly set of dishes you got as a gift or that costume jewelry you never wear anymore, and repurposing it into a beautiful work of art. Found objects, coins, old drawer knobs, are all great possibilities and the list goes on and on! Sometimes you can even strike it rich at garage sales and flea markets if you're on the lookout for those hidden treasures. This technique offers lots of freedom in the way you express yourself in your art.
Here's some tips and tricks to keep in mind while using this pique assiette technique:
Pique Assiette is a really fun method that you can take to extreme levels. Finding those hidden treasures and using your imagination is a big part of this fun technique.
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