The curious mosaics of San Giovanni Evangelista, Ravenna.

Ancient mosaics can sometimes get a bit stuck up themselves. There is a propensity for them to become the marble and smalti equivalent of those interbred bantam hen varieties with flamboyant mop heads and fancy moon boot feathering  – they were made to be looked at and marveled over but …

Four great reasons to join a mosaic course in Pelion, Greece

WHAT: Five Day Classic and Contemporary Mosaics Workshop  WHO: With Helen Miles  WHERE: Lagou Raxi Hotel, Lafkos, South Pelion, Greece.  WHEN: September 15 to September 22, 2017  If I had my way everyone would join me on this mosaic course in Pelion, Greece. All those people I have ‘met’ on …

Contemporary mosaics – learning lessons from ceramics

Part II of a three-part post on mosaics and contemporary art. ‘Ceramics have moved away from utilitarian pottery into a much wider realm… It’s not about craft but about making a new kind of object,‘ Medeleine Bessborough, art dealer.’ Learning lessons: Contemporary mosaics and the world of ceramics. Part One …

What are mosaics? First, five things that they are not

What are mosaics? Part one of a three part blog on the place of mosaics in contemporary art. PART ONE: WHAT ARE MOSAICS?  FIVE THINGS THAT THEY ARE NOT Joan Eardley‘s paintings are urgent; running-to-catch-the-last-bus kind of urgent. They are full of rushed energy, of stops and darts, turns and …