This online class is for students with experience cutting glass/ceramics or creating mosaics using hand tools. Student will supply their own tools and materials. Class will be a combination of lecture/discussion and hands-on workshop. Instructor will provide guidance to student in the creation of student’s project of choice. Topics covered will be use of texture and color, movement and design, construction methods and grouting. Opportunity during class for interaction with both instructor and other students. Student will need a computer or smartphone with video capabilities.
Tools and Materials – to be supplied by student
Materials for mosaic tessarae – examples- glass, tile, stone, china, shell, non-corrosive metal
Non-flexible material to be as substrate (base) – examples – framed glass, ceramic, cement paver, flower pot, foam core board (kerdi, feather core or wediboard), concrete board
Tools capable of cutting and shaping chosen mosaic materials – examples – glass cutter, wheeled nippers, compound tile nippers, running pliers.
Eye protection for use when cutting glass, tile or ceramic
Recommended but not required– craft tweezers, dental tools, grozier pliers, glass file
Suggested Consumables – glue, silicon or thinset, sponges, rags (old t shirt works great) sharpie, painters tape, sanded grout, cutting oil for glass cutter, latex or nitrile gloves
Misc – container for mixing grout and sturdy spoon or spatula. Suggested – measuring cups and spoons and single edge razor blades, pallet knife.
Instructor may provide specific recommendations for alternate items depending upon student-selected project.
Local Stain Glass/Tool Retailers – these retailers carry glass by the sheet and tools. Please call first to confirm hours during Covid-19 restrictions.
Macie Art Glass, 721 Main Street, Lumberton NJ 609 784-8600
Stained Glass Menagerie, 195 Hudson Ave, West Deptford, NJ 856 686-9808
Warner Glass, 603 8th Street, Whitehall PA 18052 800 523-4242
David Albert Stained Glass, 531 Byberry Road, Philadelphia 215 673-1418
Online Retailers (prices vary on items and shipping fees so consider all costs when ordering)
Sanded grout and thinset (if desired) can be obtained from your local hardware store or home improvement store.
Any rigid material that does not expand or contract may be used as a base for mosaic (substrate). Material must be impervious to moisture for exterior use.
Thinset and clear silicone (low odor such as GE Silicone II or Red Devil Low Odor) are suitable for exterior use to adhere your mosaic to your base
Exterior glues can be used for interior mosaics as well as PVA glue such as Welbond or Elmer’s Glue All (not Elmer’s School Glue).
The best glue to use for glass adhered to a glass bases is MAC glue but it can be difficult to find. Clear silicone can also be used.
Student will become familiar with the different methods of construction of mosaics and the guidelines associated with the placement of materials within a mosaic. Emphasis will be placed on the proper selection of materials for various applications, use of color and texture and the importance of grout to emphasis, fragment or unify a design.
Week 1 - Orientation to online platform, course overview, skill assessment & individual project guidance
Week 2 – Methods of Mosaic Construction
Week 3 - Andamento – Contemporary & Traditional
Week 4 - Designing the Mosaic – substrate, materials & planning
Week 5 – Color Theory & Application to Mosaics
Week 6 - Use of Texture in Mosaics
Week 7 - Grouting Color Selection
Week 8 - Student Work Critique