Photos from the Mosaic Masterclass held in Kings College London in July 2017
with Dr Will Wootton, Gary Drostle, Chris Smith, Giulia Vogrig, Tamara Freud, Allesandro Lugari.
Hammer and hardie -centuries old method for cutting stones and glass.
Indirect method -tesserae laid in reverse on brown paper.
Guilloche -Roman crossover rope pattern border – 4 strands here.
Centrepiece – triangle shape with concentric circles within. Roman design.
Substrate preparation – marine ply, chicken wire, aluminium edging.
Checking all the sections fit together. Cutting into smaller pieces for ease of fitting.
Mixing cement to the correct consistency.
Grouting the back of sections. When placed inbetween boards they are flipped over and placed into position on top of cement substrate.
Numbered pieces fit into place like a jigsaw. Still moveable as cement has not set.
Brown paper wet with sponge to enable it to be peeled off.
Tamping down with wooden block.
Wet grout slurry fills any gaps between tiles and is then wiped off.
Mosaic finally cleaned and polished.
Great teamwork – very satisfying to see the result!