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Going Dutch

New Ravenna’s Sea Glass Collection has added 12 new Delft mosaic designs. Inspired by early 17th century Dutch porcelain, the mosaics are handcrafted using four different colors of blue and white glass.

The background is Opal Sea Glass, and the distinctive iconography is a combination of three colors of jewel glass: Lapis Lazuli, Iolite, and Covelite. Each piece of glass is cut and shaped by hand and arranged to create a mosaic interpretation of the decorative motifs found in traditional Dutch delftware as well as the marine life native to the eastern shore of Virginia, where New Ravenna is located.

Shown as 8-in. x 8-in. designs, the square mosaics can be assembled in any combination and sized to suit any vertical area for residential or commercial projects. Additionally, New Ravenna can customize the designs to reflect family themes, from cherished pets to garden flora. The Delft mosaics can be installed on walls, indoors or out.

Cean Irminger, creative director, said, “We have reimagined Dutch Delft tiles in a way that pays homage to the original art form while making them fresh and modern. For each piece, we hand-selected glass, utilizing the sections of swirled, blended hues to mimic the watercolor-like paintings of original delftware tiles. The randomly cut, irregular white matte background mimics the crazing of an antique ceramic glaze and pops the decorative features in three shades of blue. Much like the iconic tiles created over 400 years ago, the only limit to subject matter is imagination—we can transform any idea into a decorative Delft figure. Each of our Delft mosaics is created by the hand of a master artisan, and each is unique. We often find ourselves explaining the difference between the art forms of tile and mosaic, so it is wonderful to be able to embrace a familiar, historical tile trend and give it a mosaic interpretation.”