This fountain was begun circa 1740 and is made up of not only Mexican pottery but also Chinese porcelain including Ming. Note if has whole plates, lids and cups.
There is even a manulua pattern at the base.
While looking for material to blog on mosaics I somehow ended up at Amazon looking at Giorgini's "Handmade tiles"
Looking at the rave reviews, it seems to be the book to buy on the subject and it even tells you how to make the tools to make the tiles.
I can so easily seeing myself doing a ceramics course just so that I can make my own tiles. The commercial tiles available just don't always cut it and there definitely is a role for making your own tiles in this hobby.
Just a few photos from flickr that I found of mosaic in Iraq. The mosques of Iraq are incredibly beautiful and one of the tragedies of the Invasion is the destruction of so much beauty and the efforts of so many people.
War does so much that is ugly.
There are people who are trying to protect what they can, and we need to be thankful for that.
I found this great photoset "Romeinse Mozaieken in Tunesië" by De foto's van Jan Hendrik van Oers. It is well worth perusing. The mosaics are mostly heavily Roman but there are a few that have a much more obvious Arabic influence. There are even a couple that dare to put in a few subdued colours.
Since I did a couple of posts about Japan inspired by Australia's soccer success in the World Cup, our next opponents are Brazil. I don't expect to see a victory for the Aussies there but Brazil is beatable and I can still dare to dream that given a lot of serendipity that Australia does well.
So I went looking for a Brazilian piece of mosaic and here is part of a mural in Florianopolis.