Marga Patterson

Author

Artist and Writer. Marga is fascinated and inspired by the ancient world, art history and archaeology. You can find more of her work here: www.margapatterson.com

Articles by Marga

Art State of Mind

Artistic Families: Does Having an Artist Parent Seal Your Fate?

Imagine growing up with an artist mother or father. Watching them create art or making work together could spark your artistic passion. And,...

Marga Patterson 29 August 2022

Ancient Rome

Born of Fire: Ancient Roman Glass

Ancient roman glass objects were functional and decorative beauties. Roman glass artisans experimented with glass-making techniques and applied...

Marga Patterson 20 August 2022

Design

The Artistic Totality of Portuguese Azulejos

Azulejos are a major part of Portuguese history and cultural heritage. These hand-crafted tiles have created such a dynamic presence over the...

Marga Patterson 11 August 2022

Design

The Fascinating Ceramic Tile Art of the Anatolian Seljuks

The ceramic tile art of the Anatolian Seljuks dazzled with its mystical turquoise hues, fantastical creatures, and figural depictions. So, who were...

Marga Patterson 11 August 2022

Design

The Charm of Colorful and Shiny Italian Maiolica Ceramic Wares

Maiolica ceramic wares are exquisitely decorated and vibrantly colored handmade artworks made popular during the Italian Renaissance. Their timeless...

Marga Patterson 11 August 2022

Design

Cameo Carving: The Art of Transforming Shell and Stone

Cameo carving has existed since long before ancient times. These cherished treasures were often made of hardstone, seashells or coral. Historically,...

Marga Patterson 28 July 2022

Interview

Extensions of Nature and Memory: Interview with Bianca Lee Vasquez

Bianca Lee Vasquez is a multidisciplinary artist based in France. Working primarily across photography, performance, installation, and clay, she...

Marga Patterson 4 July 2022

Art History 101

Centaurs in Art: Duality Throughout the Ages

Centaurs are human-horse hybrid creatures composed of dualities: human and nature, chaos and neutrality, love and violence. From ancient Greece to...

Marga Patterson 18 May 2022

Interview

The Colors of the Earth and Beyond: Artist Interview with Ulrike Arnold

Ulrike Arnold (b. 1950) is a contemporary German artist working with earth pigments that she gathers by hand. For the last 40 years, she has traveled...

Marga Patterson 22 April 2022

Art State of Mind

Art in the Golden Hour

The golden hour is a brief and awe inspiring moment filled with the most radiant light, intense colors, and deep shadows. For centuries artists have...

Marga Patterson 7 April 2022