Harmonious, cohesive mosaics can be built from the most dissonant of scraps and shards. This course offers two methods for this: the first uses a unifying material to organize the dissonance, the second uses repetition. As you build a small sample, then one mosaic in each method, set directly into thinset mortar (no previous mortar experience necessary!), watch random mosaic material leftovers, offcuts and scraps cohere into a rhythmic, balanced and lively abstract work of art. As with odd bits of fabric in a rag rug, their scrappy dissonance becomes their visual/textural strength when effectively woven together.
An award-winning professional mosaic artist since 2005, with an aesthetic steeped in materials analysis and innovation, Kelley began teaching her unique blend of contemporary and classically-influenced mosaic techniques in 2009. She's known round the world for her enthusiastic, inventive, yet technically-grounded approach to teaching, both in person and online, that regularly moves students beyond their own creative expectations.
5 or 6 cups or so of scraps/shards in an assortment of materials
Wheeled nippers (Lepponitts or Montolits recommended)
Pencil, note/drawing pad
Any other of your favorite mosaic tools
An assortment of shards in several materials
Some neutral "unifier" materials
Adhesive (thinset mortar) and admix
A few small tools for each student