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Rock and Forge: Marble, Smalti, and Minerals


  • Institute of Mosaic Art 805 Allston Way Berkeley, CA, 94710 United States (map)

Institute of Mosaic Art, Berkeley, CA  USA

Friday April 29 10am to 5pm
Saturday April 30 10am to 5pm
Sunday May 1 10am to 5pm

Marble and semiprecious stones from the earth, smalti from the forges of Venice, Italy. A better marriage of mosaic materials has never been found! Come learn how to mix these amazing elements together!

Working with marble, smalti and "found gems", students will create a 10" by 12" work. After learning how to incorporate semiprecious gems as "rock stars" or as "back up singers" into your design, you'll be able to chose from a range of smalti and stone for the remainder of your piece.

Students will work with hammer and hardie as well as nippers in this class. If unfamiliar with the hammer and hardie, never fear! I've taught numerous people how to use one, and will have you up and chopping in no time with a hammer and hardie tutorial. Rock can have a mind of its own, and learning how to use a hammer and hardie is the first step in mastering it.

As work begins on your piece using thinset, I will provide lots of individual attention as you delve into mixing your materials. Andamento--always a challenging subject--will be discussed in terms of its ability to create feeling and atmosphere. Don't just plunk down your tesserae, make them evoke something!

All materials will be provided. Students are welcome to bring their own treasured gems like pyrite, ammonite fossils, selenite, fluorite, desert roses, etc, or choose from carefully selected semiprecious items. Students are also requested to bring their own hand tools if possible.

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