Michael Tucker
Emile Norman dies at 91; artist created mosaic window for Masonic temple in San Francisco

Emile Norman, a self-taught California artist whose best-known work was the massive and intricate glass mosaic window he created more than 50 years ago for a Masonic temple in San Francisco, has died. He was 91. Norman, who later in life primarily created wood-inlay sculptures of animals out of glass and composite materials, died of natural causes Thursday at a Monterey hospice, said his caregiver, Jeff Mallory. Born in 1918 in San Gabriel to walnut ranchers and truck farmers, Norman carved his first piece of art from a riverside rock when he was 11. He ruined his father's chisels, but the results gained his father's respect. Norman enrolled in art school but dropped out...