Thursday, June 21, 2018

Stained Glass Mosaic Mandala Workshop (6-18/19/20 or 21-2018)

Beautiful mosaic mandalas created by Mary, Carol, Susan, and Becky during the 3 day mosaic mandala workshop.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Mosaic Mandala Workshop 6-12/13/14-2018

Another great workshop learning how to create glass-on-glass mosaics for a personal mandala. Don't you think Suzanne, Karen, and Sawndra's hard work paid off? Beautiful mandalas with completely different design and color palettes.

Friday, June 1, 2018

Introductory Mosaic Workshop

Nina wanted to learn some of the basics of mosaics so we developed our own workshop. She loves the idea of combining different materials to come up with something unique so this is what we decided to do.  In the process we learned mosaic basics like what makes a good substrate, doing a scratch coat, using different adhesives, applying thinset, cutting ceramics and glass smalti, considering value (lights & darks) in a design, and setting tesserae. I think you will agree, it was a great start.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Glass-on-Glass Mandala Workshop by David Chidgey (3-6/7/8-2018)

Amazing work once again!. Look at what Jennifer, Stuart, Melissa, and Barbara completed during three days (and at least one evening) during the Glass Mosaic Mandala workshop. I would like to thank each of you for letting me share my passion for mosaics.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Mandala Workshop (11-29/30; 12-1-2017)

Marla's first glass-on-glass mandala
As you may know, I schedule workshops when someone shows an interest in a workshop. I then open the workshop up to others to participate. What this means is sometimes I have a maximum 4 participants and sometimes only one. It is all good and each workshop is unique. In my latest workshop, Marla was my only student. I think you will agree that she took on a challenging design and pulled it off exceedingly well. One of the things we discussed was how value studies can be very helpful when choosing the colors and unique characteristics of stained glass that will be used. I think Marla's mandala provides a great example of how the consideration of value (i.e. the lights and darks) really contributes to the beauty of mandala. The created pattern of dark, medium and light values helps the viewer immediately see the design and enjoy the beauty.

Friday, September 1, 2017

3 Day Glass-on-Glass Mosaic Mandala Workshop (8-21/22/23-2017)

Another first! I had my first three day workshop for people who wanted to learn my complete process in how to make beautiful mosaic glass mandalas using art glass. Three of the participants had no mosaic experience before this workshop. I think you will agreed that the results of all four were pretty spectacular. Each person came to the workshop with their own design ready to go. The rest is history. Everyone was so pleased and wanting to learn more. There is nothing better than that. Thank you Sherry, Shirley, Brendy, and Ricky.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

My First Mosaic Workshop in My Own Studio

Well this was certainly a first for me. It was such a great feeling to invite participants into my working studio to take a workshop. They were surrounded by my art, mosaic materials, and tools of the trade. Immersed is a better way to say it. Another first was using a theme provided by Marilyn who arranged to have this one day workshop for her daughter, daughter-in-law, and granddaughter. It was definitely a privilege to get to know the family. The theme of this stained glass mosaic workshop was based on a silk scarf Marilyn had bought on a trip to Spain. And it is no surprise that the scarf had had images of Anton Gaudi's famous Parc Guell mosaic masterpiece. Here are some pictures from that fun day.