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New American Glass Mosaics: A Primer


January 28 - February 2, 2019
All Levels
One-Week Session

This innovative class will provide the opportunity to apply 20th-century experiments to a new 21st-century technique: LithoMosaics.

LithoMosaics marries the beauty of glass mosaics to the scale and durability of concrete. Each day will include time in the Rakow Research Library or Museum collections for inspiration, as well as studio time for hands–on design, dialogue, and fabrication. The works will be inspired by, but not imitative of, the mosaics the class will be researching.

Each student will make three interrelated works, learning three techniques: Direct, Indirect and LithoMosaic. 1) Direct: Work will be rough, dimensional, and free, made from materials discovered on site or dropped on the floor of the hot shop. 2) Indirect: This panel will be flat and more controlled, using Italian tesserae, Mexican smalti and American sheet glass (this is the method used in Tiffany glass). 3) LithoMosaic: This section will be super flat yet use all the materials named above.

The class is for all skill levels.


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Robin Brailsford

Mosaic artist Robin Brailsford likes to think big. Her public art installations are in places such as the Los Angeles public transit system, Pioneer Modernism Park (Lemon Grove, Calif.), Desert...