CHRISTMAS MOSAICS workshop

 

Christmas Mosaic weekends – we have wonderful one day mosaic workshops for beginners and experienced alike, learning how to make a mosaic Christmas Tree, Snowman or Santa.  Take home your mosaic masterpiece … perfect to give as a gift or add to your Christmas decorations.

 

One day course to include all materials, refreshments and lunch £65

 

9.30am to 5pm

18/19   &   25/26   November

 

 

 

Please book early! Places limited

e.mail classicalmosaic@yahoo.com

tel. 01432 839300 or 07746550107to book www.classicalmosaic.co.uk

THE VINERY COLLECTIVE h.Art Exhibition 9th-17th September, 2017

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.

https://www.h-art.org.uk/explore/venue/vinery-collective-eight-artists#artists

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...

Mousey looking for his cheese ... section of a mosaic installation in The Vinery kitchen

Mousey looking for his cheese ... section of a mosaic installation in The Vinery kitchen

CREATIVE BUZZY THERAPEUTIC REWARDING LEARNING

... all words used to describe our mosaic workshop last weekend here at The Vinery.  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 victoria@themoment.uk.com) ...

upcycled lamp base ...

upcycled lamp base ...

recycled chopping board using ceramic memorabilia and cherished objects ...

recycled chopping board using ceramic memorabilia and cherished objects ...

wild birdhouse given the mosaic treatment to great effect ...

wild birdhouse given the mosaic treatment to great effect ...

NEW WORK in progress ...

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 ...)
and here is the finished splashback mosaic in the breakfast room ... cheeky mousey climbs over the electricity socket on his hunt for the cheese ;)

and here is the finished splashback mosaic in the breakfast room ... cheeky mousey climbs over the electricity socket on his hunt for the cheese ;)

Mosaic Garden Slab Workshop upcoming ...

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. 
 
Garden mosaic slabs built in the indirect method. 

Garden mosaic slabs built in the indirect method. 

MOSAIC WORKSHOP next weekend

I'm so looking forward to our next mosaic workshop here at The Vinery 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.

 

 

Mosaic floor inlay when a partition wall comes down ... recycled blue stoneware, ceramic and Welsh slate.

Mosaic floor inlay when a partition wall comes down ... recycled blue stoneware, ceramic and Welsh slate.

BAMM (British Association for Modern Mosaic) Annual Forum

Weekend trip to London for the annual BAMM forum which never disappoints.  I learnt and renewed much information on ancient mosaic technique that I can pass on to my mosaic course students.  My own practice has been refreshed and augmented through the BAMM weekend workshops and presentations and returned to my Hereford mosaic studio more inspired, energised and in awe of this art form that is mosaic.