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I Made A Mosaic Bar Table And It Turned Out Better Than Expected

When I think of a mosaic table, I think of something that I would see in my great-grandmother’s backyard. It would be something reminiscent of a skill learned from the troubling times of the Great Depression. In my mind, mosaics stem from when times were so tough, that the people enduring the hardships made absolutely sure that nothing was going to waste. In doing so, small portions and chunks of discarded tile were collected and used as the medium for a new style of artwork. While I know that the roots of mosaic far out date America’s Great Depression, Alexey Stashak’s interpretation is like nothing I’ve seen. In this project, he takes the idea of mosaic murals and gracefully integrates two designs into the top of a table that is to be placed in a small bar. The meeting of an Orange Tree branch and a Cherry Blossom is delicate and simple enough to allow the rugged wood and broken tiles to culminate into a thing of absolute beauty.

Drawing the table design.

I Made A Mosaic Bar Table And It Turned Out Better Than Expected
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This ceramic tile will be broken and shaped to fit the overall design.

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With the help of a router, the design is now engraved into the pine.

I Made A Mosaic Bar Table And It Turned Out Better Than Expected
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With the recessed design, the ceramic tile will fit more flush with the top of the wood. This will be much more functional as the piece of artwork must also serve as a functional table.

I Made A Mosaic Bar Table And It Turned Out Better Than Expected
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The time has come to place the ceramic in the recessed design.

I Made A Mosaic Bar Table And It Turned Out Better Than Expected
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After meticulous placement of the broken tile, the orange tree branch is coming along nicely.

I Made A Mosaic Bar Table And It Turned Out Better Than Expected
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The ceramic and grout is all set on the orange tree branch portion of this artistic mosaic bar table.

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Alexey draws the cherry blossom branch on the pine table top.

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It appears as if the concept is complete.

I Made A Mosaic Bar Table And It Turned Out Better Than Expected
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Now Alexey goes back to the router to recess the inside of the cherry blossom design.

I Made A Mosaic Bar Table And It Turned Out Better Than Expected
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We’re getting closer as the tile is inlaid into this portion of the design.

I Made A Mosaic Bar Table And It Turned Out Better Than Expected
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The cherry blossom portion is tiled and grouted and looks amazing.

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Here’s a long view of how the pieces will look together as a completed table.

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With the help of his bottle of wine, age implications are painted and stained into the bright wood.

I Made A Mosaic Bar Table And It Turned Out Better Than Expected
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Alexey takes a break as he reflects upon his progress.

I Made A Mosaic Bar Table And It Turned Out Better Than Expected
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The artist has chosen to leave some portions lighter than the others.

I Made A Mosaic Bar Table And It Turned Out Better Than Expected
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This particular light spot kind of looks like a raven trapped in the white space as the branches come together.

I Made A Mosaic Bar Table And It Turned Out Better Than Expected
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I’m not quite sure if this is a paint lid or some sort of a coaster that will be left of the table once completed.

I Made A Mosaic Bar Table And It Turned Out Better Than Expected
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As the blue disc is moving around, I think it’s safe to say it’s not part of the finished product!

I Made A Mosaic Bar Table And It Turned Out Better Than Expected
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The finished product is an absolute thing of beauty!

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More info: Alexey Steshak Art Studio

This artistic interpretation of a mosaic has really opened my eyes as to the true beauty that can be achieved. I guess this is one of those circumstances where less is definitely more. Just using a little bit of tile work seems to have created a vastly more powerful effect than if this piece of art were constructed entirely of tile. The natural movement of the wood is used as the background, where other people might have used the natural wood to implicate the actual branches. This is a fine piece and any bar, or private residence for that matter, should be proud to own such a unique piece of art.

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