Casket Arts Community Featured Artist


Mercedes Austin - Mercury Mosaics

mercedesI am a handmade tile and mosaic artist living in St Paul, Minnesota. I own a mosaic & tile business in the Arts District as well as my very own artist studio in a separate location, in the Arts District. My path to mosaics began when I walked into a handmade tile studio on Central Ave – by chance – and started working for trade 2 weeks later. After working and creating pieces there for 3 ½ years, I decided to venture out on my own. Ten years later I still absolutely love it and want to explore even more visual possibilities with this medium that put my ancient and modern training as an artist to work! Everywhere I go, I have tile and mosaics on my mind, there is not a single pattern that I view where my imagination does not break it down into how I can execute it in a tile and mosaic format.

Drawing upon my background in art and my natural ability to work with color, my fine art mosaics are ready to develop and evolve this year. I have spent much of the last 6 ½ years being a “tile business lady” and I am really ready to tap back into my artistic roots now that my tile business handles my day-to-day income needs. The stage is set, I have been dreaming of this time for the last six years!

Sample of Mercury Mosaics Work


"Pocketful of Posies" - Custom mosaic

Mercury Mosaics
Bubbles Trim and Niche - Custom Blend


Commercial Work - Cocina Del Barrio, MSP Airport

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River of Bubbles - Custom Blend, 4"x4" 1028 Grey Spice field tile with piercings