Lydia Schwartz

Executive Chef

Work History

Work History
Aug 2008 - Present

Instructional Assistant

Louisa County Public Schools

In July of 2008 I was hired as an Instructional Assistant in the library of Trevilians Elementary School in Louisa, Virginia. My duties included: providing support during the check out process, cataloguing new materials, deleting material from the collection that was out of date or in poor condition, assisting facilitation of lessons, preparation of materials required for lessons, and monitoring behavior of students.

After assisting in the library for two years,  there was an opening for an assistant in the Early Childhood Special Education class. While working in the library, I felt drawn to children who needed a more one-o-one approach to learning, and I felt a strong desire to help children who needed extra support. Although I loved working in the library and getting to know all the children in the school, I was excited for a new challenge and the opportunity to learn new skills. I was happy to work more directly with the children and assist in the implementation of IEP goals. Even though this was a new experience for me, my compassion and dedication improved the environment for this special education class. I began this position with no prior experience in special education, and I am leaving with many skills and a foundational knowledge and understanding of this program. I enjoyed the privilege of working with highly skilled professionals, as well as the opportunity to lead the class.

Jun 2007 - Present

Server

Obrigado Restaurant

I began working as a server at Obrigado Restaurant in 2007. My duties include:  thorough knowledge of food and wine, an ability to relate warmly and professionally to the clients, working cooperatively with the entire staff, and efficiently maintaining accurate financial transactions, as well as restaurant cleanliness standards. 

My long term involvement with the restaurant has fostered the creation of a regular clientele, and a friendly neighborhood gathering place. In addition the recent installation of my commissioned mosaic mural has sparked interest in expanding public art in our community.

Dec 2003 - 2007

Assistant Account Executive

Trone Advertising Inc.

I worked remotely for Trone Advertising Inc. as an Assistant Account Executive seasonally from 2004 - 2007.  My involvement with the business was supporting a goodwill program which involved the Uniroyal Tire Company and their dealers. This program allowed Uniroyal Tire dealers to sponsor local soccer leagues throughout the United States by offering dealers the opportunity to supply soccer balls and hold a fundraiser for a local team. It was rewarding to be a part of a program that helped and encouraged young athletes. 

As an assistant account executive, my duties included creating certificate documents, contacting tire dealers, contacting soccer leagues, researching soccer leagues, and updating Excel spread sheets.

Oct 2003 - 2005

Night Manager / Barista

Crossroads Coffe and Ice Cream

I started working part-time at Crossroads Coffee and Ice Cream in the fall of 2003. Beginning as a barrista and counter person, I then became the evening manager. My duties included: professionally serving customers, managing other employees, and performing myriad duties from preparing food to being responsible for all aspects of closing for the day.

My ability to perform well in a fast-paced environment,  as well as my personable demeanor contributed to the overall success of this business.

2001 - 2003

Production Artist

Moses Spring

I had the extreme pleasure of working as a production artist at Moses Spring, a decorative ceramic studio. Moses Spring was owned by artist and designer Dana Gibson, granddaughter of Charles Dana Gibson, revolutionary pen-and-ink artist, and creator of the Gibson Girls.  I worked closely with Dana to produce decorative ceramic pieces which required an extreme attention to detail and the ability to replicate the style of another artist. In addition, I also made glazes, loaded kilns, and glazed these handmade, original pieces.

I found it rewarding to support  the success of another artist and I also gained an insight  into the workings of a production studio.

1998 - 2000

Artist/Designer

Mainly Mosaics

Mainly Mosaics was a mosaic gallery and store located on Main Street in Richmond, VA. I started volunteering at Mainly Mosaics in 1998 shortly after finishing college.  I soon became a full-time employee, and helped create and design commission pieces and display pieces for the gallery. My skills allowed me to teach mosaic classes, and inspired me to perfect the art of mosaics. My recent commission of mosaic murals is a direct result of my experience at Mainly Mosaics, and the passion that developed over the years.

Education

Education
Jan 1995 - Jul 1997

Virginia Commonwealth University
Sep 1992 - May 1994

Pratt Institute

Mid-century Sunset

Skills

Skills

Mosaic Artist

I am able to create large or small scale mosaics in many varied materials including: glass, tile, shell, wood, etc.

Interest

Spending time with my daughter, Yoga, Sculpture, Painting, Drawing, Weaving, Mosaics, Ceramics, Glass Blowing, Print Making, Photography, Reading, Nature

Objective

While studying art, my focus was on building three dimensional installations, or environments the viewer can enter. I wanted to evoke the peaceful feeling of being in nature. As a child I spent a lot of time in nature and I am still amazed at how beautiful and perfect nature is. 

My focus continues to be a desire to create art inspired by nature using natural or repurposed materials. My goal is to provide aesthetically pleasing pieces that communicate to the viewer the importance of responsible stewardship of our environment.

My highest objective is to incorporate my love of creating with my desire to raise awareness of our impact on the earth.

Portfolio

Mosaic Murals