Bas-relief A sculptural form that stands out from the surface of a work. Literally, low-relief.
Ceramic tile Flat or shaped pieces formed from earth materials (clay); the pieces are then fired to 1300ºF or more. Typically laid in rows to cover walls, floors, and roofs.
Frieze A decorative horizontal band, as along the upper part of a wall or building.
Grout A mixture of lime, plaster and cement placed between tesserae for extra strength; can be tinted with color.
Hand-nipped Materials that have been shaped using special hand-held tile or glass nippers.
Pique-assiette Literally “broken plates”; a technique employing pottery shards, dishes, shells, or other mixed media.
Smalti Small pieces of colored glass formed from poured glass paste that have an irregular surface appearance.
Tesserae The small individual pieces of stone, glass, or tile that make up the whole of the mosaic.
Vitreous glass Small manufactured glass tiles with a very hard, surface finish.
Table of Contents
Each entry includes its location on the map, the name of the neighborhood, the title of piece, the address or cross street, the name of the artist/s if known, the date/s the mosaic was made and a description of the site which includes contact information. This is followed by the material/s of the piece and whether it is an interior or exterior location.