Commissioned Work: Lake Atitlan


I just completed my first commissioned project. The final piece was 26″ x 27″ of cut glass on 3/4″ MDF board. The design concept is Lake Atitlan in Guatemala and is a wedding present for the client’s friend. This was a fun project to work on and extremely challenging. This is the largest piece I have done so far and it took a lot of planning to get the right colors and cuts. I used a combination of photos from online and friend’s personal album from when they visited Guatemla. Thank you Kim!

Picking out the right glass was not easy. I had to go to a few stores to find the right size, color and texture that I had in mind. I ended up using tiles from IMA, Stained Glass Garden and Cradle of the Sun. All had unique pieces that helped make this piece a success. Cradle of the Sun let me buy small samples to take home and test out and then come back for the large sheets.

The photo I used from Kim had the dark wood dock in the corner. Another photo had the posts and the weeds. I laid these elements before the water because you need to get details like this in first, followed by the background. It would be too difficult and would not have the same effect if you tried and do it the other way around.


The bottom right hand corner has two small gold rings linked together. This was the client’s idea to remind it’s viewers that it was a wedding present. I thought this was a great idea and it led me to putting pieces of gold throughout the water to give it some more sparkle.

Here is what it looked like finished. I am so happy with how it turned out. So was the purchaser. I can’t wait to get to work on more projects like these!

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3 responses to “Commissioned Work: Lake Atitlan

  1. Danielle November 16, 2010 at 6:09 pm

    Ali – that came out looking absolutely gorgeous!! I love the final design choice.

  2. Nina Crittenden November 23, 2010 at 2:27 am

    Sandy told me you had been creating gorgeous mosaics- oh my goodness! Such beautiful work!!! LOVE it! I am totally impressed! 🙂

  3. jess epstein December 16, 2010 at 10:20 pm

    Ali, this piece is stunning. Nice job, can’t wait for you to do a piece for me!

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