Before Beth started making her first mosaic piece at the Mosaic Art School, she had no idea there was more than one way to make a mosaic or how technically challenging making a mosaic could be. There were many steps using the Ravenna method and each required knowledge and finesse. It had all looked so easy, until she made her first mosaic.
The second mosaic used the modern method with a timeline of just over a day to complete the entire work. Most of the steps of the Ravenna method were eliminated (and Beth was happy for that!), but the drawback with this modern method was having to work quickly with no ability to make changes later.
We students selected or created our own design and selected the materials. A quick drying cement was placed on half of the framed board at 9am. The work began quickly because by 12:30pm the cement would be too dry to hold the tesserae (tiles). After lunch the other half of the framed board was covered in cement. The mosaic in its entirety needed to be completed when the class ended at 4pm.
It was interesting to discover that tessera that looks silver is actually white gold since silver tarnishes.
The last morning we students retrieved our 1st mosaics (made using the Ravenna method) for one last touch.
It was only then she remembered a tessera had fallen out when the lime was removed. Did it not get put back in? She also saw a few tesserae had moved slightly and were no longer in their correct place. That’s when she remembered that she once heard that all oriental rugs were created with a minor flaw – since their makers believed only God could make a perfect rug.
For Beth the week truly was a dream come true. Well, actually 4 dreams: 1) Taking a week-long class, 2) at the Mosaic Art School 3) in Ravenna, Italy, and 4) Beth was satisfied – actually, delighted! – with both of her mosaic pieces. Life could not be better than that!