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Bathroom trends for 2010

 Bathroom trends for 2010

With 47 industry awards under its belt and 17 showrooms to its name, Ripples should have a pretty good idea of what we can expect in the way of bathroom trends in 2010

Recently a group of the senior designers at Ripples got together to discuss the major developments we could expect to see next year.

Exciting new changes to the bathroom for 2010 are promised, with black high gloss furniture teamed with grey tiles and warm hues of deep purple, violet, yellow and vivid lime green - using glass mosaic tiles to inject a splash of glamour and colour.

Furniture will become more curvaceous by design giving a softer finish with products taking on a more organic feel, with the chunky basin being replaced by slim line.

Colours: Rich sumptuous colours are becoming more popular as clients are starting to inject some serious personality into their bathrooms with splashes of plum and violet.

Style: Products will become more organic in shape, basins and baths will take on more natural forms to enhance the feeling of calm and well being

Brassware: Introduction of exciting new finishes matt black, chrome, champagne gold and white which will combine perfectly with vanity units in high gloss white, lime green and even black rubber!

Furniture: Luxurious high gloss lacquer in red, black and white, dark shades of wood with grain effect in Rosewood and Mahogany mixed with ceramics and deep rich natural stone.

Showering: Bathrooms will allow more space for showering with large square shower heads combined with minimalist glass and chrome screens.

Environment: Consumers will re-think water consumption and efficiency, with clients opting for fittings with thermostat technology and flow rate regulators to reduce water consumptio

Exciting new changes to the bathroom for 2010 are promised, with black high gloss furniture teamed with grey tiles and warm hues of deep purple, violet, yellow and vivid lime green - using glass mosaic tiles to inject a splash of glamour and colour.

Mosaic Arts International 2010 Awards Announced!

Mosaic Arts International 2010 Awards Announced!

tilesMosaic Arts International 2010 will feature 48 extraordinary works of mosaic art, in 2D, 3D, and Architectural categories. The MAI exhibition offers more prize money than any other international mosaic arts exhibition, with awards totaling $5000. We are proud to announce those award winners as:

Best in Show, John Sollinger for Radiance
Best 2D, Diana Stevens for Indian Madonna
Best 3D, Kate Jessup for Cedar Stump
Best Architectural, Dianne Sonnenberg for Ocean(egg)graphy

Juror’s Choice Awards
Oliver Budd: Michael J. Kruzich for Corinthian
Juan Chavez: Connie Chantilis for Grotto
Janet Kozachek: Ilana Shafir for Temples

We are proud the show will this year be at The Smith Museum of Stained Glass at Chicago's Navy Pier, where the exhibition is expected to attract approximately 80,000 visitors during the two month run. This is a different kind of a venue for MAI; it is not one of the traditional white-walled gallery spaces that have showcased mosaic works in the past. This exhibition will feature our work placed throughout the museum, presented in lighted, glass-walled cases. Although it would be our preference for visitors to experience the texture, color, and play of light directly, the security and preservation of the work is paramount. We are very grateful to the Smith Museum of Stained Glass and the Navy Pier for the opportunity to present the work of our member artists to an audience of this scope. This exhibition is an important milestone in SAMA’s history that will underscore SAMA’s 10 year legacy of dedication to educating, inspiring, and promoting excellence in fine mosaic art.

Jurors for MAI 2010 included esteemed British mosaicist Oliver Budd, currently president of the British Association for Modern Mosaic (BAMM); Juan Chavez, a noted public artist and faculty member at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago; and Janet Kozachek, an Orangeburg, South Carolina artist and arts educator and a founding member and president of SAMA. Oliver Budd noted that he found the work to be of “consistently high quality” and was “really swayed by some of the fantastic abstract work.” Janet Kozachek also praised the field and reflected on the agonizing yet uplifting process of sorting through “so many incredible pieces of art.”

The jurors took great care in making their selections and the process went smoothly through our online jury contractor, Juried Arts Services. We would like to acknowledge their efforts in further advancing their technology to the needs of our process and the fairness of jurying artwork in the digital age. As a result of this technology, the MAI jurors were able to review the works multiple times via the internet from the comfort of their private environments, which spanned several thousand miles and the Atlantic Ocean. The work was scored using a point system and advanced through several rounds of scoring. The jurors cannot see artists’ statements or names; they can however retrieve size and material information for a piece if they choose. This blind-jury process, with the work being selected on merit alone, is fair and allows for the work to speak for itself. Jurors agree on the guidelines and requirements of eligibility that are on the prospectus and know that their selections are what they deem to be the most unique and exciting contemporary work in mosaics. It is indeed a difficult job and the jurors bring experience and understanding of art and mosaic, and a high level of excitement about the exhibition to the table. Every year a new pool of jurors contribute their unique aesthetics to the MAI show which keeps MAI a living, changing exhibition from year to year. We hope you make the trip to Chicago this spring to enjoy the spectacular views of Lake Michigan from Navy Pier, and more importantly the spectacular experience of viewing the exhibition in person.

We also invite you to attend the SAMA Conference, American Mosaic Summit 2010, in Chicago March 17-21st. We will feature a presentation and critical discussion about the MAI exhibition that will include one of the jurors and other members of the Chicago fine art community. On Friday, March 19th, Conference Attendees and their guests will honor the achievements of the MAI artists at a reception from 7:00pm – 10:00pm at the Museum. More information regarding the conference and its events can be found by clicking on Conference. See you there!

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This Year's Winners
Best In Show : John Sollinger, Ashland, Oregon for Radiance
Best 2D : Diana Stevens, Bellgrade, Montana for Indian Madonna
Best 3D : Kate Jessup, Seattle, Washington for Cedar Stump
Best Architectural : Dianne Sonnenberg, Austin, Texas for Ocean(egg)graphy

Juror's Choice Prizes
(Oliver Budd) Michael J. Kruzich, San Francisco, California for Corinthian
(Raul Chavez) Connie Chantilis, Dallas, Texas for Grotto
(Janet Kozachek) Ilana Shafir, Ashkelon, Israel for Temples


 Here are the award winners from previous SAMA exhibitions. Click on the artist name to see the mosaic. Enjoy!

 Lynne Chinn : Best In Show
  Kate Kerrigan : Best 2D
  Aida Valencia : Best 3D
  Sherri Warner Hunter : Best Architectural
  Jeannie Houston Antes : Juror's Choice
  Julie Richey : Juror's Choice
  Dominic Johns : Juror's Choice
 Youlia Tkatchouk : Best In Show
  Matteo Randi : Best Best 2D
  Drucilla Perez-Tubens : Best Best 3D
  Gary Drostle : Best Architectural
  Carole Choucair Oueijan : Juror's Choice
  Daryl Lynn Wood : Juror's Choice
  Eileen Gay : Juror's Choice
 Brooks Tower : Best In Show
  Laurie Mika : Best Two-Dimensional
  Jenni Iams-McGuire : Best Three-Dimensional
  Lori Greene : Best Large Scale Interior
  Lynne Chinn & Shug Jones : Best Large Scale Exterior
  Lynn Adamo : Juror's Choice
  Ellen Blakeley : Juror's Choice
  Jeannie Houston Antes : Juror's Choice
  Julie Richey : Members's Choice
 Karen Kettering Dimit : Best In Show
  Lilian Broca : Best Two-Dimensional
  Kimberly Schonfeld : Best Three-Dimensional
  Kim Emerson : Best Architectural Installation
  Leann Wooten : Juror's Choice
  Shawn Newton : Juror's Choice
  Jim Bachor : Juror's Choice
 Kristi Bunch : Best In Show - Two-Dimensional
  Kim Emerson : Best In Show - Architectural
  Nina DiGiovanni : Best - Two-Dimensional
  Ellen Blakeley : Best - Three-Dimensional
  Eric Rattan : Best Architectural Installation
  Ilana Shafir : Best Large Scale Contemporary Work
  Fred and Donnell Pasion : Juror's Choice
  Jim Bachor : Juror's Choice
  Judy Stone : Juror's Choice
 Jennifer Tipton : Best In Show
  Lilian Broca : Best Two-Dimensional
  Ellen Blakeley : Best Three-Dimensional
  Richard Moss : Best Architectural
 Val Carroll : Best In Show
  Marcelo De Melo : Juror's Award
  Sharon Funderburk : Juror's Award
  Linda Edeiken : Award of Merit
  Gianfranco Zanchettin : Award of Merit
  Sonia King : Award of Merit
  Sarah Zirkel : Award of Merit

American Mosaic Summit 2010-SAMA Conference in Chicago, USA.

American Mosaic Summit 2010-SAMA Conference in Chicago, USA.

REGISTER NOW for the American Mosaic Summit 2010!


Check this page frequently for conference news and updates! Conference announcements will also appear in Andamento, SAMA’s monthly e-newsletter.

American Mosaic Summit
March 17–21, 2010

Celebrating SAMA’s 10th Anniversary!

9th Annual SAMA Conference
The Palmer House Hilton
Chicago, Illinois

Preliminary Schedule

At press time, this conference was still evolving, so check here for updates


Tuesday, March 16

7:00pm–10:00pm   Registration


Wednesday, March 17

7:00am–7:00pm     Registration

7:00am–8:30am     Breakfast

8:00am–12:00pm   Workshops

8:00am–10:00pm   Mosaic Marathon

12:00pm–1:00pm   Lunch on Your Own

1:00pm–5:00pm     Workshops/Pro Seminars

5:00pm–6:00pm     Dinner on Your Own

6:00pm–10:00pm   Workshops


Thursday, March 18

7:00am–7:00pm     Registration

7:00am–8:30am     Breakfast

8:00am–12:00pm   Workshops

8:00am–10:00pm   Mosaic Marathon

12:00pm–1:00pm   Lunch on Your Own

12:00pm–5:00pm   Vendor Marketplace

1:00pm–5:00pm     Workshops/Pro Seminars

5:00pm–6:00pm     Dinner on Your Own

6:00pm–7:30pm     Welcome Mixer

8:00pm–9:30pm     Movie Screening


Friday, March 19

7:00am–8:30am     Registration

7:00am–8:30am     Breakfast

8:30am–10:15am   Members Annual General Meeting

10:15am–10:30am Break

10:30am–2:00pm   Vendor Marketplace

12:00pm–1:00pm   Lunch on Your Own

2:00pm–3:00pm     Featured Presentation

3:00pm–3:15pm     Break

3:15pm–4:30pm     Featured Presentation

5:00pm–7:00pm     Dinner on Your Own

7:00pm–10:00pm   MAI 2010 Artist Reception at Navy Pier


Saturday, March 20

7:00am–9:00am     Sponsor Appreciation Breakfast

9:00am–2:00pm     Vendor Marketplace

11:00am                Tesserae Exchange

12:00pm–1:00pm    Lunch on Your Own

2:00pm–3:00pm     Panel Discussion of MAI 2010

3:00pm–3:15pm     Break

3:15pm–4:15pm     Featured Presentation

4:30pm–5:30pm     Raffle/Members Choice Award

6:00pm–7:00pm     Mosaic Art Salon & Auction

7:00pm–9:00pm     10th Anniversary Celebration Dinner

9:00pm–12:00am    Closing Night Party


Sunday, March 21

7:00am–8:30am      Breakfast this was an error in the schedule. 

There will be no SAMA sponsored Breakfast on Sunday 

8:00am–12:00pm    Workshops

9:00am–1:00pm      Bus Tour

Additional information