Custom Mosaics, which Connie Williams founded in 2012, focuses on customizing mosaics to each customer’s specifications. Each mosaic made from Custom Mosaic is unique and “One of a kind,” perfectly matching every client’s personality.
After moving to the coast (Near Gulf Shores, AL), Connie and her husband were not able to find the perfect sea turtle for the kitchen and bath of their new house. Therefore, under the influence of her mom who was a Ceramic teacher for most of Connie’s life, she decided to use some of her basic ceramic skills to make and install the “Sea Turtles” by herself which surprisingly played a huge part in the selling of the home. In the end, Connie decided to go into the “Sea Turtle” business, turning the marine organisms into mosaics to bring the “AT THE BEACH” feel.
Although Connie has made many mosaics close to the “Sea Turtle” one, the “Sea Turtle” shower project has been the most popular mosaic so far with the overall goal of making people feel like they are actually among sea life. The shower that the “Sea Turtle” is in started as a 5-foot garden tub and was replaced with a 5-foot shower. The mosaic is the focal piece of the shower and is 20” tall by 32” wide. Every mosaic piece was hand cut from ceramic clay by Connie, starting with a 25-pound block of clay.
For a complete project, Connie would always make many “filler” tiles at a time and try to keep all different colors in stock. As for the focal pieces, such as sea turtles, tropical fish, etc, she tries to keep most of those made and in stock as well so shecan directly pull the focal piece the client wants and start their one-of-a-kind mosaic. Customers would always be involved as much as possible during the whole project to ensure they could get the most satisfactory design. Meanwhile, The installation process is also accessible by simply adding mortar to the wall, pressing mosaic on and letting them dry and grout.
Besides the regular business running, Connie makes several pieces every year and donates for auctions with organizations such as Cancer Research, Autism and several different Dog Rescue groups. She always feels wonderful and proud after seeing the pieces raise money for these groups. Last year, the piece of a surfboard-shaped mosaic with a sea turtle raised over 2,000.00 for one of the groups alone.