Pique Assiette

Interior design Tom Scheerer

Interior design Tom Scheerer

If you are going to walk the walk, you should talk the talk.

What is pique assiette?

PIQUE ASSIETTE:

A type of mosaic that is distinguished by its use of broken ceramics–such as dishes cups and tiles– in the design.

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Large Scale

Pique assiette used on a large scale has a mesmerizing effect.  Antoni Gaudi and Josep Maria Jujol’s Parc Guell is one of the most famous examples of the mosaic.

Parc Guell

Parc Guell

Fountain in Parc Guell

Fountain in Parc Guell

Maison Picassiette, in Chartres, France is another well known example of the mosaic.   Back in the 1930’s, Raymond Edouard Isadore covered his entire house, inside and out, plus his garden with broken ceramics.  Now, it’s a tourist attraction. 

Maison Picassiette

Maison Picassiette

Smaller art objects

Broken ceramics are interesting medium for smaller objects as well.

Dress by Li Xiaofeng. Love the plate hemline

Dress by Li Xiaofeng. Love the plate hemline

“I am all ears” by Elsbeth’s Mosaics Adore the cup handle ears.

“I am all ears” by Elsbeth’s Mosaics
Adore the cup handle ears.

Instrument by artist Melissa Miller

Instrument by artist Melissa Miller

DIYers take note: pique assiette is said to be a very manageable project.  There are lots of You Tubes  and project instructions found on the web (google”diy pique assiette”).

Photo credits: Tom Scheerer image from his book, Tom Scheerer Decorates by Mimi Reed, photographs by Francesco Lagnese. Etsy    Parc Guell   Parc Guell fountain.  Maison Piqassiette collage: herehere  and here .  DressHead.  Bathroom  instrument