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Bonnie Fitzgerald
Exterior Mosaics: Two-Dimensional and Bas Relief Projects
Touchstone Center for Crafts
September 15-18, 2017

Go outside with your mosaics! This workshop covers everything you need to know about creating professional caliber mosaics to withstand moisture and freeze-thaw cycles in exterior environments. You may also explore dimensional works by creating multiple substrate layers. Class lecture includes important information about selecting substrates and fixatives that will endure weather year round.

On Friday night, we begin with a picture presentation and lecture covering technical considerations, design principles, and case studies. We review all materials suited for exterior work, including testing materials. Saturday and Sunday is spent designing our mosaic and preparing our substrate and materials. Then, we create it. Monday, is devoted to grouting and discussing finishing tips and tricks.

The adhesive used is exterior grade thin-set mortar and our substrate is Wedi board, an all-weather, industry approved, cementitious product. You may choose a 12 inch by 12 inch square or 14 inch by 11 inch rectangle as a base and additional Wedi to construct layers. You can easily cut Wedi into almost any shape—you are not limited to a square or rectangle, we just begin there! The recommended project size is with our time frame in mind and with an eye to students completing their mosaics during workshop hours. Lots of personal mentoring and no question will go unanswered.

* Previous mosaic and/or stained glass experience is helpful, but not required. Click the supply fee link to learn more about what students are required to bring to class and/or what is provided by the instructor.

United States
(724) 329-1370
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