Cleo Mussi is an established mosaic artist and respected within the Applied Arts both nationally and internationally, originally training in textiles at Goldsmiths', her interest in recycled fabrics, knowledge of pattern, print, weave and stitch translates easily into mosaic. Cleo uses a broad selection of mass produced recycled tableware, coloured tiles and handmade tessellating tiles and other materials which are cut and pieced together.

'Over the last thirty years I have been creating works from old crockery. It is interesting to observe how the descriptions of what I make have changed and evolved with the fashions. In the early 1990s I was salvaging china from ceramic dumps in Stoke, but gradually this became recycling as environmental issues became more prominent. What was seen as junk is now vintage, something more desirable once it is up-cycled, reclaimed, reworked and reformed. Mosaic made from ceramic discard is an old concept. In the early 19th century, the term ‘Boody’ or ‘Boudy’ appears in the Northumberland dialect to donate a piece of broken china. Originally collected and used as playthings for children, by the late 19th century, ‘Boody Ware’ was used to decorate plates, jugs vases and boxes and became quite the fashion. I think of myself as a modern day folk artist, so ‘Boody Ware’ is a perfect description for the technique I use.'

Cleo Mussi, 2016

Cleo will be the subject of a solo exhibition - Mussi's Herbal - at The Scottish Gallery in December 2019.

  • Burdock (Artium lappa) - Burry Man with flower staffs View details
    Burdock (Artium lappa) - Burry Man with flower staffs
    Cleo Mussi

    Burdock (Artium lappa) - Burry Man with flower staffs

    2019
    reclaimed and recycled ceramic tableware
    H:205cm W:122cm D:4cm
    £5,400
  • Demeter The Goddess of Harvest View details
    Demeter The Goddess of Harvest
    Cleo Mussi

    Demeter The Goddess of Harvest

    2019
    reclaimed and recycled ceramic tableware
    H:184cm W:67cm D:7cm
    £4,800
  • Green Man Platter with Stripes View details
    Green Man Platter with Stripes
    Cleo Mussi

    Green Man Platter with Stripes

    2019
    reclaimed and recycled ceramic tableware
    H:32cm W:25cm D:3cm
    Reserved
  • Small Green Man Platter with Roundals View details
    Small Green Man Platter with Roundals
    Cleo Mussi

    Small Green Man Platter with Roundals

    2019
    reclaimed and recycled ceramic tableware
    H:22cm W:16cm D:2cm
    £265
  • Poisonous Ivy (Hedera heli) - Wreath View details
    Poisonous Ivy (Hedera heli) - Wreath
    Cleo Mussi

    Poisonous Ivy (Hedera heli) - Wreath

    2019
    reclaimed and recycled ceramic tableware
    H:44cm W:36cm D:3cm
    £575
  • Acorn, Steep Bark, Oak (Quercus robur) - Hand View details
    Acorn, Steep Bark, Oak (Quercus robur) - Hand
    Cleo Mussi

    Acorn, Steep Bark, Oak (Quercus robur) - Hand

    2019
    reclaimed and recycled ceramic tableware
    H:25cm W:19cm D:3cm
    £225
  • Sow Seeds and Trouble Too (Impatiens) - Hands and Label View details
    Sow Seeds and Trouble Too (Impatiens) - Hands and Label
    Cleo Mussi

    Sow Seeds and Trouble Too (Impatiens) - Hands and Label

    2018
    reclaimed and recycled ceramic tableware
    H:50cm W:26cm D:3cm
    £575
  • Red Clover (Trifolium pratense) - Hand View details
    Red Clover (Trifolium pratense) - Hand
    Cleo Mussi

    Red Clover (Trifolium pratense) - Hand

    2019
    reclaimed and recycled ceramic tableware
    H:22cm W:16cm D:3cm
    £165
  • Snowdrop (Galanthus) - Hand View details
    Snowdrop (Galanthus) - Hand
    Cleo Mussi

    Snowdrop (Galanthus) - Hand

    2019
    reclaimed and recycled ceramic tableware
    H:24cm W:12cm D:3cm
    Sold

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