WellesleyWeston Magazine

WINTER 2015-2016

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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into the kitchen and, over a delicious hot mug of herbal tea, Lauren began to tell me about her artistic journey. The path for an artist to discover his or her medium is often a winding road of experiences that eventually all come together in one brilliant form. Lauren's childhood home was always full of creative energy. Her mother, an accomplished painter, and her father, a creative furniture refinisher, encouraged her artistic interests. After studying art and art history at Smith College, a brief apprenticeship with a jewelry designer left her hungry for more information on the gems that she worked with. Small, colorful, shiny objects had always fascinated her. She attended a fifteen-month intensive study of gemstones at the Gemological Institute of America (GIA), learning about grading, jew- elry design, and manufacturing. She then worked as a diamond grader at the GIA lab, but found the work too technical, predictable, and con- straining. What really began to stir her imagination was thinking how the gems would look in a unique piece of jewelry. Several years and two children later, Lauren was at a friend's home admiring a beautiful mosaic mirror that her friend had designed at an art class. Intrigued, Lauren decided to join the class where she learned the basics of cutting, assembling, and grouting glass. Her first project had many small pieces to cut and assemble, so she decided to take it home for the weekend to work on it. She knew she had found her pas- sion when she woke up in the middle of the night with ideas for her piece and quietly snuck up to her studio to work on it in the dim evening light. I followed Lauren up the back wooden staircase leading from the kitchen to her studio. As the stairs wound around, I admired the small framed samples of mosaics from her early days sparkling in the hallway. Though her earlier work contained larger pieces, the beginning of her attention to detail in the small intricacy of these florals was apparent. After one last turn, we finished climbing a few small steps, which led to a closed door, a secret room of sorts at the top of the stairs. 174 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | w i n t e r 2 0 1 5 / 2 0 1 6 artist profile "a winding road of experiences" left: Lauren Mehrberg in her studio; right: "Romeo" T I C I A N Y I K O S ( L E F T ) A N D B R O O K E B A K E R ( R I G H T )

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