Create mosaic slabs using the shapes and textures of pebbles to
produce intricate designs, using two techniques. The course starts
with advice on developing a design suitable for this medium with
guidance on the qualities to look for in pebbles. You will learn
the dry mix direct method which can also be used in situ and a
pre-cast indirect method which allows you to produce a more
detailed design with a flatter surface. We will discuss tools and
methods of cutting and shaping stone and slate.
A pebble mosaic can add a unique personal touch to any garden, creating a beautiful focal point. The course starts with advice on developing a design suitable for this medium with guidance on the qualities to look for in pebbles.
You will learn different techniques to create your two mosaics, the first a dry mix direct method which can also be used in situ and secondly a pre-cast indirect method which allows you to produce a more detailed design with a flatter surface. We will discuss tools and methods of cutting and shaping stone and slate.
Course notes are provided for both techniques including material sourcing so you can use your new skills to complete more projects at home. It will also be a good opportunity for you to talk through any ideas or projects you have for your own garden including tips about installation.
The workshop is open in the evening for anyone wishing to sort pebbles and plan designs.
The college will provide black, white and yellow quartz pebbles and cut slates. You are welcome to bring your own choice of coloured pebbles/rocks/slates which are a suitable size i.e. 3cm to 5 cm or 1.25" to 2.25" .
Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above
Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.
6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).
8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.
Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.
From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).
Evening working - students may have access to workshops, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.
Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.
Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.
(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)
Please note the mosaics will be heavy and will require two people to lift them. They will need to be transported home flat and measure 18ins/46cm plus a frame and a 12 inch /30cm square.
Sue Rew was trained by world renowned pebble mosaic artist Maggy Howarth. She has run her own studio workshops for the past eight years. Her mosaics can be seen in local Cotswold gardens participating in the National Gardens Scheme. She is a member of British Association of Modern Mosaicists.