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Indiana Artisan Nancy Keating
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Carmel
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Contemporary Mixed Media Mosaics
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Nancy Keating

Similar to composing a stained glass window, Nancy says what she enjoys most about mosaics is “the process of seeing in my mind all the pieces and parts, the colors and textures, the shapes and movement, and bringing this mosaic of ideas together as art…”

Joy, fun, happiness, passion, love. When Nancy Keating talks about her mosaic work, the story makes you happy. Because she’s certainly happy – not because she’s telling the story, but because she’s living it.

A mosaic artist for 15 years, Nancy began in mixed media mosaic with a focus on garden art, using mainly ceramic and found objects. Indiana has a long history in glass, and over time Nancy’s “mosaic direction” shifted to include original fine art glass mosaic.

“Light, color, reflection!” she says. “Right here in Indiana I discovered a treasure, Kokomo Opalescent Glass.” The oldest glass manufacturer in the United States, KOG, as it’s referred to, began in the late 1880s as a glass supplier to Louis Comfort Tiffany. Its glass library today still has stained glass from its earliest days, and the company is often called upon to match glass in historic windows being restored.

Similar to the work of composing a stained glass window, Nancy says what she enjoys most about mosaics is “the process of seeing in my mind all the pieces and parts, the colors and textures, the shapes and movement, and bringing this mosaic of ideas together as art, something others find beautiful and enjoyable.” And then, of course, she says, “It makes me happy.”

“There are no hard and fast rules in this medium,” she said. “I am free to play with my art, to imagine and to create anything. My hope is for people to be drawn to the colors, the textures, the reflections of light and feel happy, too.

“I’m so fortunate that my ‘work’ is fun!” she said. “One of my goals is for my mosaics to express the fun I have in creating them. I call many of my works ‘Fun Art.’ I still love to re-purpose and re-cycle, creating original mosaic art with discarded vintage objects.”

She does have something of a following for her work in everyday objects – toasters, coffee percolators and magnum wine bottles – newly clad in fine style. Without question, she thinks broadly. “Even a surfboard and mannequin can become mosaic art,” she said, thinking back on recent projects.

Nancy’s contemporary style is heavily influenced by her travels in the U.S. and abroad, and she finds particular inspiration in the brightly colored mosaics of Antonio Gaudi of Barcelona, Spain. Her work is recognizable for its festive use of vibrant colors, reflective textures and an occasional touch of whimsy.

A lifelong Hoosier and Indiana University graduate, Nancy’s self-study includes work with tradesmen and professional tile installers where she gains technical expertise in her craft. To hone her artistic and mosaic technique, she has participated in intensive training at the Institute of Mosaic Art in Oakland, California; and she also has studied with renowned mosaic artists, including Laurel True and Isaiah Zagar.

“My career over the years has focused on visual presentation, from visual merchandising design to my current work as a full time mosaic artist,” she said. She works in her Carmel studio and has created countless mosaic pieces, including public works of art and architectural residential installations.

Nancy owns and manages two companies focused on mosaic art. One deals with the creation and promotion of her work, Mosaics Garden. The focus of the other, Mosaics and Wine, well, speaks for itself. “I teach mosaic art classes in the Carmel Arts and Design District,” she said. “I love sharing my mosaic joy and creativity with fellow Hoosiers.” And whether it’s vino, Starbucks or bottled water her students bring to class, the objective is an atmosphere that mixes learning with fun.

“I am thrilled to be among this talented group and to be counted as one of Indiana’s finest artisans. Pinch me!” she said after having her mosaic work juried into the organization, making it part of the state’s brand being defined by its exceptional art and foods. “I saw Indiana Artisan as a way to help me promote and market my work. I also was looking to connect and network with high-caliber artisans. And, as with all artists, it feels good to have your work validated and considered exceptional.”