Develop your creativity in mosaic design using different ceramic and glass tiles. You will learn techniques for laying, grouting and cutting tiles into tesserae.
Learn about the wonderful craft of making mosaics and create a unique piece of art using colourful glass and ceramic tiles.
On the first evening, your tutor will deliver a presentation showing the ancient production of Millefiori and Venetian smalti as well as his own techniques for making glass fusions. Your tutor will illustrate this talk with examples of his own work.
You will design and make a mosaic either size A3: 30 x 42cm, a square 30 x 30cm or A4: 30 x 21cm. The size is limited to ensure you can complete your design by the end of the course.
Your tutor covers numerous techniques to help your understanding of mosaic design with a focus on the direct mosaic technique which will be used to create your design. This method allows you to see your design as you add the pieces. Grouting techniques are also covered.
Your tutor brings with him a great selection of materials to use including Venetian and Mexican smalti, Millefiori, vitreous glass and ‘Cinca’ unglazed ceramic tesserae, as well as your tutor’s hand made glass fusions, millefiori and murrini.
The course includes a lecture on Roman techniques, demonstrations and individual one-to-one tuition ensuring you go home fully inspired and equipped to continue to make mosaics at home.
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 until 9pm, 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)
Martin Cheek has been making mosaics for over 30 years and is the author of seven best selling books on the subject. He hand makes every piece of fused glass for his mosaics, each batch sometimes requiring several firings in the kiln to get it right. There is always some mystery in what the glass will do in the metamorphic process of heat.
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