Introduction to Working with Smalti with Marian Shapiro

 

 

Introduction to Working with Smalti with Marian Shapiro

2 day workshop for adults (beginners/intermediate

23 & 24th June
10am – 5 pm

Price: $240 per person.

Some materials included. Participants will need to buy their own smalti. Expect to spend approximately $35.

A traditional mosaic material, having unique properties with light, smalti (also known as Venetian glass) has been used for thousands of years. Come and discover this beautiful material, learn about its history and make your own small smalti mosaic (20x 20cm) to take away.

Price: $240 per person.

Some materials included. Participants will need to buy their own smalti. Expect to spend approximately $35.

 

About the Artist

Until recently based in Sydney’s Northern Beaches, Marian has now moved to the Lower Blue Mountains.  She makes original art and architectural mosaic for private and public spaces.  Originally trained in fine art and in theatre, she has been working exclusively in mosaic since 2003 and has furthered her mosaic education in Italy, the UK, USA and New Zealand.

A multi-award winning artist, her work is shown and collected both in Australia and internationally. Public and commercial commissions are in Sydney and many private commissions are in Sydney, Melbourne, the USA, UK and Canada.  

Her work has also been featured in a variety of books and magazines and on television. She was recently invited to represent Australia at the first Internatonal Symposium of Contemporary Mosaic in Ploaghe, Sardinia, Italy.

Mosaic has existed as an art form for thousands of years. As a contemporary artist, I am fascinated by the creative tension of using ancient techniques and traditional materials to make modern art.  My pieces are often inspired by the materials I use and by the contrasts that I can achieve by mixing different textures in the same piece: the roughness of marble against the smoothness of glass. The density of colour in smalti and the softness of unglazed ceramic.

I am also interested in the play of colour over a large area and the way in which colour itself can lend movement and dimension to an artwork.  For studio work, I often work in series which allows me to explore a theme in depth.   The first reaction to my work is often an outstretched hand and I am always delighted by this response.

Marian Shapiro

Price: $240
 
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