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Exterior Mosaics in Unglazed Porcelain: Retro Meets Modern


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SIGN UPS ARE through the Smithsonian Institution. Click “purchase here”, day vs eve classes listed individually, you may need to toggle to the day class.

TWO TIME OPTIONS: Tues., Jan. 28–Mar. 17, 1–3:30 p.m. or Tues., Jan. 28–Mar. 17, 6:30–9 p.m.

Unglazed porcelains have a natural look and earthy texture that make them a perfect choice to mimic traditional mosaics in exterior projects with a contemporary flair. The material’s high-density clay body is easy to cut with inexpensive tile nippers. Your final artwork will be suitable for exterior display.

The 8-session course begins with a comprehensive overview for creating exterior mosaics and students can expect to gain an understanding of harmonious mosaic design and exterior fabrication techniques. Instructor will provide patterns, however students are welcome to bring their own image to interpret, a detailed supply list and suggestions to prepare for class downloadable from the SI website 2 weeks in advance.

A supply fee of $80 payable to the instructor includes exterior-rated substrate, hanging devices, adhesives, tool loan, and ample supply of ceramic materials to create a one-square-foot mosaic.

We will only be working with unglazed porcelain in this course. Works are grouted at the final class meeting.  All skill levels welcome.

Workshop Location: Dillon Ripley Center, Room 3040, 1100 Jefferson Dr SW
Metro: Smithsonian (Mall exit)

Photo: student work “Ripple” by Will Bernard, in gallery are other student works from past workshops.


Start On January 28, 2020
Duration 8 weeks
Level Any
Supply Fee $80
Hours Tuesdays, 1pm - 3:30m OR 6:30pm - 9pm
Price $245.00

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