Instructor: Laurel True


Saturday 10 am – 4 pm
May 5, 2012 (1-DAY INTENSIVE)

Description: Mosaic artist Laurel True will introduce students to this wonderful material dating back to the Byzantine Era. Beginners and continuing mosaic students will enjoy learning about this beautiful glass material that is surprisingly accessible.

Smalti is a beautiful, rich and reflective material made from poured glass. This exciting course will introduce students to the history of this exquisite glass material that has been used since the Byzantine Era and its uses in today's mosaic world.

Class will begin with a digital presentation showing how smalti is made in small batches by artisans today in Europe and beyond. Instructor will go on to introduce students to the unique light catching and reflecting qualities of smalti and how this material can be combined with other mosaic materials for exciting and rich effects.

Class will cover basic design, layout and visual understanding of a smalti piece as well as both ancient and contemporary cutting techniques. Each student will learn how to work with the hammer and hardie to cut smalti, as well as gain an understanding of how to use modern tools with this material with as little waste as possible.

Students will learn how to set smalti directly into a tinted mortar bed using Italian smalti to create a 6” x 6” mosaic wall hanging to take home. Smalti starter pack and custom-made framed substrate provided.

Level: Any
Class price $ 125.00
Materials fee $45.00
Class size: Minimum 6, Maximum 10