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Workshop Description

8 WEEK COURSE, this is a VERY POPULAR CLASS, sign up early!

This course will be held at the Smithsonian Institution's Rippley Center, Washington, DC and is taught by Maverick Mosaics Owner, Bonnie Fitzgerald.

In this course students create a modern interpretation of a classical mosaic design using unglazed ceramic porcelain. Inspired by designs from Roman and Byzantine periods our modern interpretations will be of ancient motifs and subjects.

Unglazed Porcelains are the perfect choice to mimic the look of traditional mosaics. They have a natural look and earthy feel that is second to none. Its high-density clay body is easy to cut with inexpensive tile nippers. The material is very versatile, each tile is the same color inside and out (a full body clay) and the palette is rich, earthy tones.

Instructor will provide images of classical mosaics for students to create cartoons from. These cartoons will be used for determining the “andamento”, the exact lay pattern to be used when laying your tesserae. The course begins with a review of the history of mosaics as students gain an understanding of classical mosaic design and fabrication.

Students may bring their own image to interpret, with approval from instructor in advance. Separate $65 supply fee covers your substrate, a generous selection of unglazed porcelain, adhesive and grout.

Previous mosaic helpful but not required. We will only be working with unglazed porcelain in this course. Works grouted at the last class.

A supplemental supply list, including recommended hand tools, downloadable from the SI website.


Workshop Details

Tuition $245 member, $295 general admission. A supply fee of $65 payable to instructor the at the first class. Supply fee covers mosaic materials students will need to complete a project. Students are welcome to bring supplemental materials, but not required. Tool loan provided, although students urged to purchase their own glass cutting tools if they wish to work on projects at home.

This course is held in association with the Smithsonian Institution. To register IT IS EASIEST TO DO BY TELEPHONE: 202-633-3030. Or click here for link.


Workshop Date/Time:

Tuesdays, January 23 - March 13, 2018, 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm, 8 classes.