Some fabulous mosaic work from my students on recent mosaic weekend workshops here in my studio ...
Classical Mosaic is hosting a Collective of artists this year for the h.Art Exhibition in September. We will be opening our studio doors, gardens and conservatory to show off the work of a variety of artists: Sculpture, Ceramics, Silversmithing, Jewellery, Mosaics, Printmaking, Blacksmithing, Fine Art, Marquetry, Mixed Media and Textiles.
Pod Making, Lino Cutting and Mosaic workshops (see the website for details)
Come along to The Vinery Collective OPENING week from Monday 4th September, have a cream tea on the lawn, sit and relax in the beautiful Vinery garden, take an escorted walkabout the house to see the mosaic installations, chat to the artists about their work in the exhibition...
... all words used to describe our mosaic workshop last weekend here at in Tricia's studio near Hereford. Returners to the workshop, these ladies had already been on the beginners' course, the themes for their mosaics were varied and wonderful: upcycled ceramic lamp base, wild birdhouse and heart shaped chopping board all bases waiting to be beautified in magical mosaic art (fabulous images by email@example.com) ...
I am presently enjoying working on a small kitchen splashback in a traditional Roman mosaic laying technique. It is built of matt porcelain tile, first fixed onto fibreglass mesh then will be cement fixed in situ. The theme is "the mouse gets the cheese and nobody will steal it from him". I will post more pictures as the work progresses (not sure about the shadow under the mouse's tail, I am considering a space between the shadow and the actual tail ANY THOUGHTS? Let me know ...)
I will be running a series of mosaic garden slab workshops from my studio here in mid Herefordshire very soon. I am asking for interested participants to contact me with suggestions for dates from end-February through to the summer 2017.
The workshop will be run over two full days with another half-day session a week later reserved for the "big reveal" when participants return to the studio for the slab to be turned out of its wooden setting frame ... there is a real air of excitement as the sand is brushed away and the mosaic is revealed in all its glory.
After learning the basic mosaic techniques on a beginners' mosaic course with Classical Mosaic, it is very rewarding to learn the skill of working mosaic in the "indirect" Roman method (laying the mosaic tesserae 'upside down'). The indirect method is used for mosaic garden slabs where a flat, smooth surface is best. These cement backed slabs are ideal for laying in the garden, along paths and in small sections in driveways. They will measure approximately 30cms. square.
New mosaic workshop dates for late Spring 2017:
See WORKSHOPS page for more details.
I'm so looking forward to our next mosaic workshop here at my studio near Hereford and welcoming the participants who have signed up for a weekend of creativity, fun and relaxation in learning about and exploring this ancient art form, mosaic.
We will spend the two days designing our mosaics on board, learning how to cut and shape the mosaic tiles, the tesserae, how to lay the tesserae using the Roman technique to form the "andamenti" of the mosaic, then grout and polish the masterpieces to take home.
It is always a real joy for me to share my passion for this magical art form and seeing my fellow artists' pleasure and satisfaction in their finished mosaic work.
Even more satisfying for me is when I discover my students have gone on to create and explore further the limitless possibilities of mosaic.