Hammer and hardie course

April 27, 2014

Hammer and hardie course

Photo showing a student on the hammer and hardie workshop yesterday.
Although one day is enough for anyone to learn to use these tools she had some advantages. As a pianist she was used to keeping her arms relaxed and not locking up her wrist which is a real help. By keeping the wrist loose it’s quicker to pick up the technique of using the weight of the hammer to do the cutting.

Needless to say her posture was good, a straight, relaxed back which enables you not only to avoid back strain over long periods but also it is easier to ensure your hammer lines up correctly.

For more information on these workshops click on the photo.


Book reviews

April 19, 2014

I’m just off to the workshop for a couple who are coming in to make some garden mosaics. When I get back this evening I’ll be working on a couple of book reviews. These will be books that could be relevant to anyone making copies of Roman mosaics, working in stone or technical issues.
One of the first will be, ‘The Mosaic, from the copy to the interpretation’, the technical manual of the Scuola Mosaicisti Del Fruili by Evelina Della Vedova.

Latest students mosaics

March 30, 2014

Students mosaics. 2 members of Southbank Mosaics CIC, London, came up for a 1 day course yesterday. The Heart motif geometric mosaic was done just using a staff with no marking out on the board. As you can see she’s made a very accurate piece, the widths of the strands are consistent which means she didn’t have to adjust the spacing too much.
The fish has come out with a good shape, the curve has been followed well. The eye was done fairly early on and although the tesserae had to be cut much smaller they were accurately cut so as not to become just a line of fragments.
It’s well worth taking a look at their site, they have a lot of plans for their mosaic courses which will really boost the profile of mosaic work in this country.

students mosaic 1 south bank 29 march 2014Image

News about the supplies from the workshop

March 27, 2014

A bit of news (it’s also the first paragraph in the newsletter just out);

I’ve decided to take 6 months off from the supplies part of the business so I can focus on the manuals and getting the DVD course produced. This means the baseboards, tesserae supplies and kits will be suspended. Because the marble saw I use isn’t that powerful it’s just taking up too much time to keep up with the demand for material. I will still be cutting the 4mm tesserae for the workshops but not to have on general sale. This way I avoid becoming a one man sweatshop!
I will restock in time for the BAMM conference in London in October.

If you want any kits then you still have until this Monday to order after which I will take them down. The page is here;

There will be some available to go with the Staff manual but at this stage I have no idea how many.

What will remain in the shop is;
Publications – Tools – Marble rods – Pattern packs

The latest newsletter from the workshop

March 27, 2014

The latest newsletter from the workshop

Practice your basics

March 24, 2014

Practice your basics

A good way to practice your basic skills of making a neat mosaic and the Rules that apply to this is to do a piece using just one colour of tesserae. This way you’re not distracted by the pattern and things such as size discrepancies, excessive gaps, channeling are all revealed!

Special offer on full day workshops

February 27, 2014

There is a special offer on the one day Roman mosaic workshops , £75.00 per person down from £95.00. This offer is only open until midnight March 2nd but you can use it any time in the next 12 months. This includes the new hammer and hardie workshop.
The details are here; http://romanmosaicworkshops.co.uk/ourshop/prod_3166809-Special-offer-Full-day-course-7500.html