WELCOME TO THE SAN DIEGO MOSAIC SCHOOL!
Learn the fine art of mosaic technique and methodology in San Diego, California, USA taught by nationally acclaimed mosaic artist and designer KIM EMERSON. No previous experience is necessary. All you need is a passion for color, texture, design, and an openness for creativity!
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SPONTANEOUS MOSAIC METHOD
This intuitive approach of making mosaics is inspired by the “Spontaneous Mosaic” method and philosophy made famous within the global mosaic community by the beloved late Ilana Shafir of Ashkelon, Israel. The Shafir family has given special permission to Kim Emerson to share and teach Kim’s version of Ilana’s method at the San Diego Mosaic School.
This workshop is for you if you are a beginner, AND/OR if you are experienced but want to practice and advance your “andamento”. We will be working with a variety of tesserae (ceramic and glass tile, stone or “cut pieces of stuff” that makes up your mosaic!). You will learn how to cut tesserae with a hammer and a hardie, also use various types of nippers, cutters, and even cut with a wet-saw if desired. We will utilize what Kim Emerson refers to as the “directly-direct” method with tinted thin-set adhesive. We are NOT typically grouting in this workshop. Quality wood panels or cement substrates will be available to choose from – no larger than 12″ x 12″. The available tesserae will be everything from ceramic tile, glass tile, smalti (glass), dishware, beads, found objects, and natural stone. All levels are welcome in the same workshop, as we all learn from one another! Available by request, you also have the opportunity to make your mosaic by using different modified-direct transfer techniques with TAPE and/or MESH.
ABSTRACT IN SMALTI
Smalti is glass and it is the only material traditionally fabricated especially for mosaics. It was invented by the Romans and perfected through the ages by the Italians. Smalti as glass has been especially designed to be cut with a hammer and hardie (chisel), the 2000 year old Roman metal tools invented to cut stone and smalti. By example, the colorful and shiny tesserae of smalti is what is seen from the Byzantine Era in the churches of Venice, Rome and Ravenna, Italy, and more.
The prerequisite for this workshop is that you have already taken the Spontaneous Mosaic Method workshop with Kim Emerson. You will be designing your mosaic composition while utilizing the intuitive design philosophy of Ilana Shafir, and working with tinted thin-set “directly-direct”. In this workshop we will be cutting and creating with smalti from both Italy and Mexico. We will be discussing and sampling the unique characteristics and differences of each. You will be encouraged to cut all of your tesserae with the hammer and hardie, or wheel nippers, to create a composition that is abstract incorporating both “normal “A” cuts’ and “pizzas and/or tortillas”. The size panels (on wood for interior) will be no larger than 8” x 8”. We will NOT be grouting in this workshop. Smalti is not typically meant to be grouted.
SMALL FORMAT JEWELRY or WINE BOTTLE STOPPER
The available tesserae offered for this workshop will be in smalti and mili fiori (both glass!), natural stone such as marble, and other tiny materials. The mosaics for this format and workshop are very very small. If you are very good with your fingers and have great eye-site, then this workshop is perfect for you! We will be using fine tweezers and wheel-nippers. One sterling-silver blank bezel pendent jewelry piece, approximately 1″ x 2″, of your selection is included in the cost of this workshop. You will be selecting your jewelry pendent or wine bottle stopper piece(s) at the time of the workshop.
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All photo credits: Dennis Reiter
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