Spring Mosaic Workshops: April 22 & May 20 2017 in Rockport MA

“Bamboo” Smalti with lime plaster and cold wax and oil paint 6×6


 April 22 & May 20  9:00-5:00 

Spring is around the corner. Lets get our mosaic energy flowing! I hope to see you at one of these one day workshops. Several Smalti designs are available for you to use in class or you can bring your own design. I am creating some new shapes to allow for more abstract freedom in learning to work with andemento in your smalti explorations. All materials and a lovely lunch are provided, just bring your creative spirit. To sign up contact me here

Price $160   $25.00 materials fee .  $45 for cobble

Play with texture and color while focusing on the fundamentals of mosaic making. Cut a variety of materials using nippers to create a vibrant 6 x 6 smalti mosaic. Hammers and hardie are available for more advanced students. Work directly with thin set mortar to adhere a variety of tessera, smalti glass, pottery shards, marble or perhaps a special treasure you have been saving.   Open to any level of experience. Many wonderful Inns are within walking distance.
Smalti
For those who would like to learn to work with or continue to explore and play with this fabulous material. Smalti is the beautifully colored glass seen in the mosaics of the great cathedrals throughout the world. Smalti is hand cut from a large slab or pizza of glass. Its riven edge is used as the surface giving the mosaic a sparkling, reflective quality. The class will focus on the fundamentals of working with Smalti to create a vibrant, colorful mosaic. The studio has a large selection of colors and materials to chose from. Use of the hammer and hardie will be demonstrated and are available to use. We will make a 6×6 ungrouted mosaic using the direct method.
Mixed media
You can use a variety of materials: vitreous glass, stones, found objects you have collected, pottery, minerals, marble or ceramic porcelain tile to make an 8×8 grouted or non grouted mosaic. Grout date will be determined in class. All materials, and choice of a few designs will be provided if you do not have a plan of your own to allow you to use your newly acquired techniques and skills.

Granite Cobbles
Create a beautiful piece of art for your garden or home. I have granite cobbles that have a carved out oval center approximately 7.5 x 5 inch. We will work directly using thinset mortar so your cobble will be safe to place outside year round. It can be great to look out into the Winter garden an see a colorful mosaic nestled in the snow!