Laurie Mika

Laurie Mika is a mixed-media artist with a passion for combining and overlapping a variety of mediums creating an original style of mixed-media mosaics using handmade polymer clay tile. Laurie’s background in painting is evident in her mixed-media works influenced by medieval and Renaissance art. The gilded devotional panels of the past become secular icons imbued with personal narratives. Art and folk traditions referenced in her work derive from her travels and experiences of living abroad. The highly embellished surfaces, including segments of text, form sumptuous tapestries of traditional and modern materials. Like a modern-day alchemist tinkering with the ancient art of mosaics, Laurie finds magic in combining disparate elements. The current focus of Laurie’s work in polymer clay has been to explore altering the clay surface using a variety of pre-curing/baking techniques.

Laurie’s mixed-media mosaics have been included in many group shows and galleries. She was featured on both HGTV and DIY networks. Her work has also been published in numerous books and magazines. Her own book, Mixed Media Mosaics, was published by North Light Books in 2007. These days, Laurie spends a lot of time traveling both nationally and internationally sharing her passion for mixed-media mosaics.