13. January 2018 - 10:00
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Kickassiette: Blowing the Lid Off Crockery Mosaic | Edmonton, Alberta | Saturday, 13. January 2018

Kickassiette in Edmonton! $375 + $20 supply fee

Picassiette* is the process of transforming crockery and found objects into mosaic. What makes crockery so tempting and ideal for mosaic is not only its availability, ease of cutting, and varied glazes, but its unique curvatures, bumps and protrusions that translate to gorgeous dimensionality in tesserae.

In this technique-rich, hands-on workshop, Kelley ramps modern picassiette up an innovative notch with her unusual methods of cutting/setting not only the flat surfaces of plates and other ceramic ware, but the lips, feet, rims, handles, lids, spouts, and more, including the exposing/tinting of the inner clay body. Students will learn cutting tools and techniques; setting in mortar to maximize sculptural/dimensional possibilities; building a cohesive color/material palette, and composing with crockery’s challenging curves and bumps.

Students will create a sample board and at least one mosaic in class.

*Thought to be derived from the French slang “piquer” (to steal) + “assiette” (plate).

This workshop is designed to interest and challenge mosaic makers of all experience levels. A good understanding of basic mosaic principles and vocabulary is helpful but not necessary.

Students are asked to bring their basic mosaic tool kit (tweezers, spatula, positioning tools, apron), a good quality wheeled nipper (Montolits preferred), and several items of crockery (mugs, bowls, plates, teapots, cups, mugs, lamp bases, pitchers, etc. If you’d like to coordinate them around a particular color palette, so much the better!). Included in the supply fee are substrates, cups, stirrers, pigment, handouts, etc.