Selling mosaics: a summer bazaar in Athens.

Selling mosaics: on the front line Athens in June. Imagine it. Streets clogged with traffic and choked with exhaust fumes; endless blocks of high rise concrete apartments, shabby and peeling; the fierce summer sun bouncing off car bonnets; valiant geraniums in feta-tin pots providing brief glimpses of colour on balconies above shuttered …

For the love of stone

It should be obvious by now that I am rather partial to stone. More than partial. For the love of stone, I make mosaics. For the love of its beauty and aloofness.  It allows itself to be cut and chipped and worn down but whatever is done to it, it remains …

Mosaics in Greece: the Byzantine Museum of Thessaloniki

We all have our favourite museums. If not a favourite museum, then a favourite wing of a museum, or a display case, or even a single object that makes our heart stop with its beauty or intricacy or fragile, impossible antiquity. The Byzantine Museum of Thessaloniki, Greece (or Museum of Byzantine Culture …

The Rotunda mosaics, Thessaloniki, Greece.

I don’t want to get carried away, but I think the Rotunda mosaics in Thessaloniki, Greece, might be it. It as in the beginning. Not the beginning of mosaics as we know them (that happened elsewhere and early examples can be seen down the road at Pella), not even the beginning …