Five More With Broken Pieces

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5 More From Broken Pieces

The previous post addressed how although a marriage may be cracked or fragmented, it still has potential to evolve into sea glass. Weathered, polished pieces of glass that are used to create enduring beauty. Several friends and readers noted that same analogy applies in our other relationships: parents, siblings, friends – even with ourselves!

Today’s Friday Five is another look – and reminder – of the results that can be obtained from taking the time to pick up the pieces and put them together in a new way. One that has more strength and durability to go with its new look. The end product? Beauty combined with character that can last a lifetime!

Here’s what four artists made with broken pieces.


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 Related: Marriage: Troubled Waters or Sea Glass?

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  • I loved the first post and I love this one, too.
    Holy stairway, Batman! That is just awesome. Mosaics are beautiful. I loved stained glass windows, too. I guess the reason is much like has been talked about here – it’s something beautiful from what might otherwise be nothing special.
    This makes me think of the broken glass from our wedding – the shards will never again be a glass, but we have pieces of it in a tube on a mezuzah in our home. Cool thing.

    • Shel Harrington

      That IS cool, Lisa – was that done on purpose or did the glass break and you incorporated it in?

  • I know it’s not a contest, Shel, but I choose the chair and the stairs–amazing! You make a valid, hopeful point about what can come from “broken pieces,” but sometimes the reconstruction after a shattered relationship–depending on what shattered it–is attractive to look at but too superficial and fragile to be expected to endure.
    But the art on this post is stunning!

    • Shel Harrington

      So true, Marylin, that the pieces are not always meant to be put back together. To push your analogy a little further, if we’re decorating a surface using hotglue for appearance sake, the pieces will be falling off right and left with a little pressure or weather change. If it’s meant to be reconstructed, we need to use a serious adhesive like grout or cement. Like on that magnificent staircase – sure would like to see that in person!

  • Beauty like these almost (ALMOST!) makes one want to put a few cracks into a relationship. 😉

    • Shel Harrington

      Kinda like waking up sleeping babies so one can rock them back to sleep, aye?

  • Wow! Those are all beautiful, but the stairs are just incredible! Thanks Shel!

    • Shel Harrington

      The stairway is in San Francisco – worth the trip just to see that in person!

  • I love mosaics so much. These are just gorgeous. My marriage looks more like a patched sail . . . .

    • Shel Harrington

      A patched sail? Ahhhhh – the things quilts are made of. Homey, lovely and prized!

  • These are beautiful! Wish I owned them. Well, all except the staircase. Don’t know where I’d put it.

  • We did some art with stained-glass pieces at a retreat last fall, and it was SO much fun! I’m not a visual artist, but I liked my piece enough to leave it up in my office. These photos are beautiful, and the post is so encouraging–thanks!

  • Wow! Love ’em all – but that stairway – just WOW!!
    I love this post because you made me look at my art [I AM working on a piece] and how I take lots of different elements and textures – many become hidden by the time the piece is finished, but are subliminally still there – and turn them into something else. In my own small way I transform the dross into beauty too 🙂 How cool is that Shel? Thank you for making this little gift of consciousness in my artistic process and endeavours 🙂

  • wow, powerful art collage visual and idea for healing and mending any relationship!

    • Shel Harrington

      I agree, Lin – those mosaics are amazing. That staircase is in San Francisco – wouldn’t it be something to see it firsthand? It’s quite the stunner!

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