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.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Circle of Stone: Pebble Mosaic Workshop 9-18-16

We had another enjoyable intro mosaic workshop today at Lyn Belisle's Studio. It was the first time that the participants had "played" with pebbles to create a small mosaic. Here are some of the results. A big thank you to Lyn and all of the participants.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Circle of Stone Pebble Mosaics Intro



Introducing people to the world of mosaics is fun! Recently I had the privilege to teach my "Circle of Stone - Pebble Mosaics" workshop at Lyn Belisle's Studio here in San Antonio. Lyn is such an wonderful hostess and her studio reflects her intention of it being a place of creative belonging. We  began the workshop with a brief overview of the history of pebble mosaics, looked at some ancient and contemporary pebble mosaic art, and previewed what we were going to do during our time together.

We had three hours to learn some general information including the importance of a "scratch coat"on a plywood substrate, various shapes of pebbles and how they could be used in a design, local sources of pebbles, thinset and how to apply it with a spatula to form a "setting bed." We discussed design and how important it is to use contrast of size or shape or lightness/darkness/color so that the mosaic design can be "read" easily.

Then it was time to pick a design or sketch their own and select the type of pebbles from the various bins that they wanted to use. But before getting started, each person needed to do their scratch coat and create a smooth setting bed at the correct height. Finally, it was time to place pebbles one at a time. We discussed the need to work "clean" and how to keep the thinset fresh.

After everyone had completed their mosaic it was time to share the results. Everyone talked about their creation, what they liked about it, what they learn or what they would do differently. We talked about how thinset can be tinted different colors and discussed what color(s) we might want to use in the future. I can say that fun was had by all. Thanks to the whole group who made this time possible.

 


Sunday, November 29, 2015

Toyoharu Kii's Monochromatic Workshop at The Chicago Mosaic School

During the first week of June 2015, I had the privilege to participate in Toyoharu Kii's five day Monochromatic Workshop at The Chicago Mosaic School. The focus of the workshop was learning ways to express movement, texture, and content in ways that are only possible with the medium of mosaic. The material used was white marble so color or different types of material could not be used to accomplish the task. During the workshop we also learned Kii's tried and tested technique that gives his work its signature characteristics. Thank you Toyoharu for sharing your knowledge and skills with us. It was a great learning experience.




For further information about Toyoharu Kii's workshop and other visiting guest instructors at The Chicago Mosaic School click the above link.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Chicago Mosaic School 10th Anniversary Film

I was fortunate to have one of my mosaics, "Counterpoint," included in this film. The video was filmed with the latest 4D technology and the detail, texture, and color is amazing. Click on the following link and enjoy.

Link: A Thank You from The Chicago Mosaic School