Harnen and Chesna, who are also sister and brother, opened Spark in late August at Hill Center Brentwood. Inside the studio, customers will find a wide selection of glass and tile pieces in an array of colors and shades—the medium for a handcrafted art piece to take home.
The pieces are used to create mosaics, which are pictures or patterns made by arranging small pieces. Harnen said the studio was inspired by Chesna’s mosaic tile art.
“When people come in, they may have something in mind, and then, when you start looking at different pieces, you decide to go a totally different way, so it kind of ‘sparks’ your imagination,” Chesna said.
Art pieces are made by arranging colored glass into a pattern on a canvas or board, a process that takes about two hours. After that, resin is poured over the art and allowed to cure for 24 hours. When the pieces are set, the customer can return to pick up their piece from the studio’s gallery wall, Harnen said.
Each piece costs between $54-$67 to make for adults, and prices for children start at $28. Prices are dependent on the size of the piece and the types of materials used, Harnen said.
Spark also features art that is already made by Chesna for purchase as well as embroidered tea towels, totes and jewelry from Eleven Graces, a local artisan.
Harnen said the studio has a number of safety measures in place to help limit the spread of coronavirus, including plexiglass barriers in between seating and glove and mask requirements for customers.
While the studio accepts walk-ins, Spark also accommodates private events and parties. In the future, Harnen said the studio will also host event nights and classes. Customers age 21 and older can bring a bottle of wine or other beverages to enjoy while making their mosaics, Harnen said.
Harnen and Chesna said the mosaic process helps people who think they may not be artistic bring out their creative side.
“We always recommend that people take their time, look around and get inspired by the art that’s all over the studio to see what they’d like to do,” she said.
213 Franklin Road, Ste. 110, Brentwood
Hours: Wed.-Sat. 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Sun. noon-5 p.m., closed Mon.-Tue.