Pique Assiette Mosaic Urn

in the press…

A Comedy Writer on Her New Career Making Mosaics
New York Times – October 13, 2010

Sybil Sage
WestVillage Originals – Nov 2012

The Artist

As a comedy writer, it’s a kick to make people laugh. How did I go from that to designing personalized urns and memorial vases? They’re certainly not entertainment, but my approach to them is personal and upbeat.  I hope the light touch is therapeutic.

Perhaps the most unusual urn I have done is one that stands on our dining room hutch and awaits my husband and me. The idea came to me one evening. I ran into the kitchen, where my husband and son were preparing dinner, and blurted out, “Would you prefer we be buried or cremated?” There was a stunned silence before our son, then in his late 20’s, looked up and said, “Uh, any reason you’re asking?”

“I’m working on a pet urn, and it occurred to me that I could do a larger one for us!” Silence. “It will be beautiful.” More silence. “I’ll use pictures of us having fun – at Disney World, on trips, at parties. You’ll remember that we had good time so it will be uplifting,” I said to my son, hoping to persuade him, knowing my husband would go along with his wishes. I added, “I’ll use our own plates to make it look like the dinner table.”

After a few moments, our son said, “Sure.”

There was some initial awkwardness handling what would be my own final resting place, but the urn sits next to an ice bucket and pitcher, and it has desensitized me. Ending up with my husband in our son’s home is better than any other exit strategy I can think of.

I invite you to visit www.sagemosaicart.com to see my other pique assiette mosaic art – vases, picture frames, planters, lamps, kitchen utensil holders, furniture and other useful items.

My cat Max was with me for 12 years, for much of that time the most calming and mellowing presence in my life. When he died, I was hoping to find a way to memorialize him that would provide the comfort I was now missing. Seeing the urns that Sybil was creating, brought tears to my eyes, and I knew that was exactly what I wanted. We met through email. Sybil asked for photos of Max and what colors I would like incorporated. She translated my input into a true piece of art. She captured my taste and Max’s serene essence. I will truly cherish it always.