This site first went live in August 2001 as "the Joy of Shards". The addition to the title ("Mosaics Resource") reflects the way it has steadily grown since then. There are currently around 350 pages and over 1,000 illustrations. The aim is to share an enthusiasm for mosaic art and provide a high quality, extensive online resource where visitors can learn about mosaic making and study examples in a wide range of styles and materials. There is also information on related aspects of tiles, ceramics and tessellations.
The educational value of the site has been recognised by the US government-sponsored The Gateway to Educational Materials programme. It has been reviewed by the BBC's web site, BBCi and is "Recommended" when you use BBCi to search the web for mosaics
The author, webmaster and photographer for the site is Rod Humby. The photographs on this site are original (no scans from books, for example). All photographs are my own, with a few exceptions supplied by family and friends, or as otherwise indicated. Some pictures featured on this site have been published elsewhere, for example in Adventures In Mosaics by Meera Lester, and the magazine of the America Society of Landscape Architects (August 2004). I welcome enquiries from publishers who may wish to arrange to use my photography.
If you have found something to interest, inspire, inform or amuse you - or if you like this site for any other reason - here are a few things you could do:
*Let me know by email:
*Tell your friends - they'll love you for it!
*Link to the site, preferably as "the Joy of Shards Mosaics Resource"
*Make sure you haven't missed anything!
*Bookmark the site and be sure to come back