This class will explore the wonderful potential of mixing smalti, stone, shells and pottery. Feel free to bring a personal treasure to add to the mix.
Play with texture and color while focusing on the fundamentals of cutting materials using nippers to create a vibrant 8 x 8 mosaic or 4×12 mosaic in the direct method. Smalti is the beautifully colored glass seen in the mosaics of the great cathedrals throughout the world. It is hand cut from a large slab or pizza of glass. Its riven edge is used as the surface giving the mosaic a sparkling, sculptural and reflective quality. Observe the use of hammer and hardie to shape and texture larger pieces of smalti to add interest to your work. Class is geared to beginner and intermediate mosaic artists, and all levels of experience are welcome.
presented with the Cape Ann Artisans Saturday, November 4, 2023 from 9:00 am – 4:30 pm CAM Studio, 27 Pleasant Street, Gloucester, MA $175 for members, $195 for non-members
Create a beautiful piece of art for your garden or home using 450 million-year-old Cape Ann Granite cobbles in this one-day workshop, offered as part of a year-long collaboration with the Cape Ann Artisan’s to mark their 40th anniversary. Each piece is unique and hand carved by local granite artist Antony Ciaramitaro. Students will create a mixed media or smalti (beautiful Italian glass) mosaic. We will work directly using thin set mortar so your cobble will be safe to place outside year-round. All materials and tools supplied. All levels of experience are welcome.
Pam Stratton is a contemporary mosaic artist who does both representational and abstract work primarily using smalti, handmade Italian glass, which comes in luscious colors and natural stone. Stratton does modern work using the ancient traditional tools of hammer and hardie to cut her material. She is a member of, the Society of American Mosaic Artists, The New England Mosaic Society, The Cape Ann Artisans, The Experimental Group of the Rockport Art Association & Museum and the Rocky Neck Art Colony. Her work has been shown at exhibits in the Somerville Museum, The Rockport Art Association the Chicago Mosaic School and, as part of the International Society of Mosaic Artists exhibitions at the Museum of Man in San Diego, CA, and the Parthenon Museum in Nashville, TN.