Mosaic art has ancient roots and a rich cultural heritage. I spent many years living around the Mediterranean and the Middle East absorbing this beautiful “lost art”. For the last 12 years, I have focused on the Greco-Roman style that was very popular 2000 years ago. In the summer of 2007 I attended a lecture presented by Dr. Mark Sublette on Navajo textiles. I was overwhelmed by the beauty of the patterns and by the similiarity they held to the patterns of the ancient world; the patterns I was already so familiar with. This headed me in a new direction of translating these textile patterns into either marble or pebble mosaics.
Anne Ziemienski Marble Mosaic Ganado Style
Marble: I work with marble because of the beauty of the stone, its natural coloring and its durability. It has the dual role of being both decorative and functional. A marble “rug” can be used as flooring, a wall hanging or a table. The process is very intensive and requires many steps. I handcut each piece of marble to make the design more detailed. The procedure I use also insures that the piece is flat for walking on.
Pebbles: I also design and execute large pebble mosaic floors and walls. I use smooth river rock, on its side, to create tight geometric or undulating patterns. This is also an ancient technique dating back to Classical Greece. The pebbles are particularly suited to the outdoors and are used for covering large areas in patterns.
1952 - Born in Oakland, CA
1969-1970, 1972-1973 - Rome, Italy - Student of sculpture and ceramics.
1973-1974 - University of Oregon- ceramics
1979-1985 - London, England. Paris, France. Cairo, Egypt - Performing artist
1985-1995 - Owner and designer of young men’s clothing company
1995 - present Marble and Pebble mosaic artist
2003, 2004, 2005 - Sonoma Salute to the Arts Sonoma, CA
Copia: The American Center for Wine, Food and the Arts- Napa, CA
The Arts Guild of Sonoma
'Visual Preludes 2006' The Episcopal Church and the Visual Arts General Convention in Columbus, OH
The Nicholson Ranch Winery, Ziemienski Studios Exhibition,
1999 - Rymer-Frazer floor installation Glen Ellen, CA
2001 - Iocca wall hanging San Francisco, CA
2002-2003 - Forbes wall hangings Glen Ellen, CA
2004 - Grasseschi kitchen wall installation Healdsburg, CA
2004-2005 - -Saleh-Jones pebble fountain surround, pebble entryway, mosaic shower Sonoma, CA
2005 - Prickett-wall hanging Tiburon, CA
2005 - Hightower- floor installation Glen Ellen, CA
2005-2006 - Baruch- floor installation Inverness, CA
2006 - Ridder pebble pathway Healdsburg, CA
2007 - Saleh pebble pathway Sonoma, CA
Sonoma Valley Style, Rizzoli, 2005, page 150-151
New York Times- Dec. 1, 2005 “The Secret of the Moors, Transplanted to California”
Sonoma Index-Tribune-Jan. 20, 2006 “Carved in Stone”
Sonoma Valley Sun- Fine Life section-Mar. 30. 2006 “Anne and Dennis Ziemienski”
Great Gardens Magazine- Summer 2007 “Moroccan Modern”
Sonoma Magazine- Winter 2007 (pg. 86)
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