I am constantly on the hunt for the new, the different, the bold and the often times daring to bring into my projects to give them depth and enduring interest. I was in the Artistic Tile showroom at the Chicago Merchandise Mart when I spotted the incredible work of artist Ellen Blakely. I was familiar with Blakely before, but had never really gotten a chance to take a close look at her work. Blakely began her career as a ceramist, however she was inspired by shattered glass from a bus shelter to create innovative mosaics defined by clear glass that reveals treasures below its surface. Literally anything can be used in these amazing mosaics, from family photos to leaves to scraps of newspaper. You name it, Blakely can do it! Her work comes in tile form, but can also be molded into sink basins, sculpture or used for tabletops. If you can dream it, Blakely can do it! I hope to be using Blakely’s work in projects in the near future. Nothing says personal and unique like crafting a table or a counter from your treasured photos and memorabilia!