Handcrafted mosaics and altered art by Charlotte & Darrell Gray
Charlotte Gray was raised in the in the San Francisco Bay Area and graduated with a BA and a MA from California State University, Hayward. She and her husband moved to Washington state more than 20 years ago. After a career in education and social services she moved to Whidbey Island where she finally had the time to take pottery, soldered glass, stained glass wire wrapping and mosaic classes and workshops. What captured her interest most was using stained glass and tiles to create original mosaics.
Glass tiles, stained glass chips, "found" objects, rhinestones and vintage jewelry are incorporated into her "upcycled" mosaic mirrors, light switch plates, botttles, boxes, shoes, musical instruments, hats and other everyday finds. She had always been interested in mosaics and discovered that her habit of collecting vintage jewelry and found objects was a perfect fit. She could transform a simple piece of wood into a unique little piece of art. She and her husband Darrell work together designing and marketing mosaic light switch plates.
Charlotte also makes original and unique jewelry and small treasure boxes from Altoid mint tins, soldered glass jewelry, and handpainted furniture. In addition, she had developed her own "folk art" method of paintng vintage furniture. Using much detail she hand paints antique chairs, tables, children's furniture and other discarded pieces.
You can find her art at an art collaborative, The Lucky Dumpster, in the charming town of Edison, Washington, in her ETSY shop and at Whidbey Allied Artists shows held several times a year in the historic waterfront town of Coupeville on Whidbey Island.