The God Particle
March 22, 2013




We created this custom mosaic through a delightful collaboration.  In the design process, the idea of a monstrance-influenced piece came about to complement the communion host mosaic already installed in their backsplash.  The Shakespeares wanted to incorporate materials from their newly renovated kitchen – red glass and charcoal and ivory porcelain were balanced by layers of gold smalti, slate, mirror, iridescent glass gems, and bicycle spokes.  The materials are framed by a reclaimed iron cistern cover.  Emily created the mosaic from Chris’ design and used different techniques including layering glass, using a hammer and hardie, and a ring saw to shape the various materials.  Once complete, Chris noticed a similarity to the Higgs Boson or “God” Particle, and the mosaic found its name.