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Shard Logic: Harmony From Dissonance in Abstract Mosaic

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July 5, 2024
July 7, 2024
10:00 - 4:00
Participate: In-Person Online
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Online Available Only

Workshop Overview

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.

About the Instructor(s)

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.

Materials List: Students Bring

5 or 6 cups or so of scraps/shards in an assortment of materials

Wheeled nippers (Lepponitts or Montolits recommended)

Pencil, note/drawing pad



Eye protection

Any other of your favorite mosaic tools

Materials List: Provided by Instructor(s)

An assortment of shards in several materials

Some neutral "unifier" materials

Adhesive (thinset mortar) and admix





A few small tools for each student

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