About Pique Assiette mosaics
Pique Assiette loosely translates as “ to steal from dishes”. This style of mosaics specifically uses broken ceramics- dishes, plates, cups, saucers and other found objects as tiles to create designs and patterns.
Raymond Isadore brought this art form to popularity in the early 1900’s. A grave sweeper in a local cemetery, Isadore began collecting bits and pieces of broken crockery while making his rounds. He used the found materials to cover his entire house inside and out - not just the walls but the furniture as well - beds, chairs, tables, stove…….
This intricate mosaic masterpiece took over 30 years and 15 tons of crockery to complete and attracts thousands of visitors annually.
“La Maison de Picassiette” house and gardens is located in the city of Chartres, in France.
I was so inspired by this art form, being a collector of “stuff” (especially vintage china) gave me more reason to collect.
Hunting second hand stores for treasures took on a new meaning. Soon I had accumulated a large selection of crockery to begin my mosaic journey.
One of the first projects (not sure why) was a kitchen backsplash done entirely with beer steins.
From then on no surface in my house was safe; my husband would tell guests to keep moving or risk getting tiled!
Walls inside and out became my canvass. I covered them in broken china using a variety of themes from marine walls, to walls with pillars and vines. Even the furniture was target, an “eye spy” dresser for my son with clues hidden in the design.
Frequently broken crockery donations just end up on my doorstep; often the timing of these donations is just right- giving significance to the particular piece.
I can truly understand the attraction and passion Raymond Isadore had for this art form and am thankful for the inspiration he has passed on.