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Retro Meets Modern: Mosaics in Unglazed Porcelain

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Unglazed Porcelains are the perfect choice to mimic the look of traditional mosaics while giving a contemporary flair. They have a natural look and earthy feel that is second to none. Its high-density clay body is easy to cut with inexpensive tile nippers. The material is very versatile, each tile is the same color inside and out (a full body clay) and the palette is rich, earthy tones with a matte finish.

Instructor will provide patterns inspired by designs from Roman and Byzantine periods, however you are not limited to that subject matter.  Students are welcome to bring their own image to interpret, with approval from instructor in advance.

Students will first create cartoons to work from and we will use these cartoons to help determine our “andamento”, the exact lay pattern to be used when laying your tesserae. The course begins with a historical review of mosaics helping students gain an understanding of classical mosaic design and methodology.

Separate supply fee payable directly to instructor includes substrate, adhesives, tool loan and ample supply of ceramic. Instructor will provide 10” x 10” interior rated substrate unless discussed with student in advance. Supply fee allows for approximately one square foot of mosaic, allowing for waste.

Note: Unglazed porcelain is rated for freeze-thaw, if you wish to work an exterior piece your adhesive will be thin-set mortar. Interior works will use white PVA glue. Please advise instructor in advance if you wish to work for exterior so appropriate substrate prepared.

Supply fee interior works $80, exterior works $95.

All skill levels welcome.

We will only be working with unglazed porcelain in this course. Works are grouted during the Sunday class.

If you do not finish your work during class hours we will send you home with enough materials to finish on your own. Tool loan during class hours. If you have special a special color idea in mind, or you wish to look over the materials we will be selecting from visit  Witsend Mosaic

Workshops hours: Friday, 1 pm – 7 pm, Saturday, 10 am – 5 pm and Sunday 10 am-noon. We will take a 1 hour meal break both Friday and Saturday.

Friday hours are in an effort to accommodate work schedules and Northern Virginia traffic. Sunday is dedicated to grouting in finishing. Workshop location home studio in Oakton, VA, we will send address via email.


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


Start On August 23, 2019
Duration 17 hours
Level Any
Supply Fee $80 interior, $95 exterior
Hours Fri. 1pm-7pm, Sat. 10am-5pm, Sun. 10am-noon
Price $295.00

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