Hi, I'm Karen Silton. I am a native of Los Angeles and I've been a professional artist for over twenty years working in ceramics, handmade ceramic tile and fine art mosaics. I have been selling and exhibiting my work throughout this time and have collectors worldwide. I am also a passionate educator of mosaics here in the Los Angeles community over the last 12 years and I'm currently teaching mosaics at Pierce and Glendale Community College extensions and other locations. Hand in hand with education goes my dedication to community built mosaics. Last November 2010, a three year collaborative mosaic project that I initiated and faciliated at a Boyle Heights family homeless shelter managed by LA Family Housing was completed in the form of a 30' exterior wall on the shelter premises. I really enjoy sharing my skills and energies with diverse communities of all ages, backgrounds and capabilities. I feel that art is meant to be inclusive and that we are meant to express our individuality by being creative. It's a way for us all to connect through being ourselves and developing respect and tolerance for our uniqueness.