Could you tell us about how company started?
Founded in 1992 by artist and designer Sara Baldwin, New Ravenna has established a reputation as the world’s most exquisite collection of custom stone and glass (and basalto! and shell! and metal!) mosaics for both home and commercial installations. From the coast of Virginia’s idyllic Eastern Shore in the town of Exmore, our team of over 100 artisans are proud to create and share unique, handcrafted mosaics which include decorative borders, murals, field tile, and medallions. Fun fact: the buildings that now make up New Ravenna have lived many lives – old t-shirt factories, potato-grating sheds, a roller rink, and even an Art Deco Theatre that run from 1938 to the late 1950s.
What inspires your designs?
All of our designers are first and foremost mosaicists who began their journey on the production floor where they learned the importance of scale, intricacy, and attention to every single detail. These are the brains (or should we say the hands) behind the mosaics. With a combined experience of over 80 years between them, the Design Team draws much of their inspiration from the natural beauty that surrounds them on the Eastern Shore – the night sky, the foam created by the waves as they beat on years-old wood pilings, the way the sand pools around bare feet in the summer months – you name it! Our design team is constantly learning, researching, and developing to bring to market the most high-end and trend-setting mosaics.