Mosaicist Marlo Bartels has work on display all over the Southland, but somehow I've missed seeing his name. So I'm gonna devote the next coupla Mosaic Mondays to him.
Since I've never featured Sylmar in a post before, we'll go there first.
The picture on the left was taken in front of MS Aerospace on Foothill Blvd, during a visit from Astronaut Jim Kelly. (The photo's from their gallery)
Marlo Bartels designed the pyramid an ball behind them. There's another picture of it to the right, and finally a beauty below, which came from the artist's website via a link. (Gotta think that's him reflected in the window, taking the picture.)
Bartels has been working in ceramics since 1977. This is from his website:
He works with ceramic tile, terrazzo & stone; shaping, forming and glazing the clay elements by hand. With the support of a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts in Washington, D.C., he has developed new techniques for fabricating furniture and sculptures, using tile facings on ferro-cement with polystyrene substrates.
Marlo is the artist-in-residence at Fullerton College this year, and his studio is in Laguna Beach. His work is everywhere, but the OC has quite a lot of it. He's even done some Home Savings and Loans!