Smalti Mosaic - Weekend Course
Friday to Sunday 15-17th February
Hammer and Hardie technique using smalti glass. Recommended for those with some craft and previous mosaic making experience, who want an introduction to this traditional technique.
You will create a mosaic with Smalti using the traditional tools for mosaic, hammer and hardie. You will learn how to cut and shape the specialist Italian hard glass to create a 20x20cm mosaic to take home (other size options are available).
Smalti was used especially during the Byzantine era, ranging from 6th to the 15th centuries, when churches decorated their walls with opulent mosaics featuring mainly icons. Mosaics made during this period can be seen in Italy, especially in Ravenna.
Today smalti is a popular medium for large-scale commissions of contemporary mosaic internationally, yet most of the specialists working in this medium are still only located in Italy. Strengths of smalti are brilliance in colour, diversity of surface effects and durability.
DAY 1 (Friday 6.30-8.30pm):
Defining the design
Introduction on working with Smalti
Learning how to transfer / draw an image in preparation for creating a mosaic
How to use Hammer and Hardie to make mosaic
DAY 2 (Saturday 10.00-6.00pm):
Practice of cutting smalti (a special type of glass for mosaic)
The direct method of mosaic making onto wooden board
How to use mosaic making tools
How to apply basic techniques of andamento (mosaic flow)
How to create a stunning work using colour and movement
DAY 3 (Sunday 10.00-4.00)
Completing mosaic to take home
The course includes all materials apart from Gold tiles, but these will be available to purchase at our school.
Tutor: Giulia Vogrig
Giulia worked continuously as mosaic maker in Italy and the UK since Ieaving the renowned Mosaic School in Spilimbergo in 2006. She has worked for established mosaicists such as Gary Drostle, and also developed and consulted on her own commissions nationally and internationally. She recently lead various maker workshops at King's College London, Classics Department.
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