The latest newsletter

February 20, 2017

Newsletter on Roman mosaics, this includes instructions and drawings on how to draw the vertical strand double guilloche border pattern.

Christmas offer on online courses

December 16, 2016

There is another newsletter out with details of the first workshop dates here in Bury St Edmund’s for next year plus an offer on the online courses in Roman mosaics. These courses have no cut off date, once enrolled you always have access so you can take all the time you need.

Border mosaic widths

Using the staff & square

August 19, 2016
I’m still working on the manual on using the staff and square to set out geometric patterns, it’s taking way too long but it has to be hardest one I’ve worked on.
I’m breaking it down into as many steps as I can but it has to be done in such a way that it reinforces the principles you learn at the beginning. Then, as you get experience you can start to do away with certain stages as you have developed your eye for the work.
The photo is of one of the drawings I do for the course. I start with drawing in the centre tesserae, scan the drawing, draw in the next stage, scan it, and so on. Depending on the pattern there can be anything from 10 – 20 individual scans.
Something that has become apparent to me during this is the importance of using a square. It really helps with checking that certain elements of the pattern are correctly in line. The same as with the staff though it is something that you should use less and less as you go on.
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Video, 2 day course in Roman geometric mosaics

July 13, 2014

Here is another video detailing the 2 day course in Roman geometric mosaics that is held at the workshop here in Suffolk. For more information go to the website here

Two day course in Roman geometric mosaics

July 11, 2014

Places still left for this course in a few weeks, 13th – 14th August.
The course will still follow the format of the geometric manual but with a change in emphasis to align it with the new video course. This will make more sense in looking at the long term learning.

£190.00 per person which includes all materials. More details on it are here

This shows me working on a mosaic to decipher the underlying geometry.

This shows me working on a mosaic to decipher the underlying geometry.

Drawing out a Solomon’s knot pattern for a Roman mosaic

June 24, 2014

Public video but using the same format as those in the database. This one shows how to draw out a Solomon’s knot geometric Roman mosaic motif.

Double Guilloche border pattern – Minimum size border pattern.

May 3, 2014
Border minimum size

Border minimum size

This shows how small this pattern can go to be set as a border. Using tesserae which are 10mm (7/16″) will give you a 24cm x 24cm (9 1/2″ x 9 1/2″) square to put a centre piece in.1. Mark a centre point and draw in horizontal, vertical and diagonal lines.
Mark line A on the horizontal to the measurement shown. This will sit between the diagonal lines. Do the same all the way round to create the square.
B is the outer line, 14cm out from A.

2. Mark the first of the single white centre tesserae, D on the diagonal lines. This will be 7cm (2 1/4″) from the side.
mark the other centre tesserae along the mid line and these will be 9.5cm (3 6/8″) apart which will give you, including the corner ones, 5 centre tesserae.

3. And that’s it, just draw in the pattern, refer to 4 if you need to. Note, this drawing isn’t to scale but drawing 4 is.

This is the minimum size that you can set with this border, you can make it slightly smaller by using just 2 lines of colour tesserae instead of 3, in which case you need to reduce the mesurements accordingly.