Author: gertrud

My teachers for natural stone mosaics

8 years ago I designed, produced and laid a 4m2 floor mosaic in our vacation home in Ayvalik on the North Aegean coast. This work and my involvement with it brought me into contact with Turkish artists who taught me a lot and, from whom I learned how to work with natural stone and roman cement. My first teacher was Mustafa Salih Kamanlioglu. He runs a mosaic studio in Ankara. He taught me how to break natural stone into small pieces for mosaic (tesserae). My second master was Nusret Özdemir. He lives in Gaziantep, in the south east of Turkey and taught me how to assess field stones for mosaic suitability. I also learned from him how to break a tessera into a small tooth so that they can be placed closer together. A third teacher was Hande Kökten, who was the director of Ankara University’s School of Restoration Technicians at the time. Despite my limited Turkish, she admitted me to her lessons on the conversation of ancient mosaics. There I mainly learned how to …

What’s going on @ MosaicMoments studio?

I’m looking forward to being in one place for a whole month and working on some projects in the studio. The first project is already underway: two door signs for my apartment and studio in Berlin. I opted for natural stone as material. The stairwell in Berlin, where my studio is located, has a marble floor, which I repeat with similar material in the background of the door signs. The letters are made of dark green granite. I design the cartoons myself and have fun drawing them by hand. I value the time I can be together with other people in the studio. Sabine made this mosaic for herself in 4 sessions. I am happy we spent a relaxed but creative time together.

Next mosaic workshop, December 13/14/15, VHS Berlin Mitte

You can now register for my next mosaic workshop on December 13/14/15/2024 via the Volkshochschule Berlin, Mitte, course number: Mi212-014H log in. Would you like to get to know one of the oldest artistic techniques? Feel the hard glass tiles in your hands and transform it into a unique, completely individual mosaic picture with skillful hand movements? Then this workshop is just right for you. In this course you will familiarize yourself with the classic mosaic technique that has been used for thousands of years to individually design rooms and surfaces. You will learn how to use the mosaic nippers, rules of classic mosaic laying technique and how to glue and grout a mosaic on an approx. 20 x 20 cm substrate. At the end of the course you can take your mosaic picture home with you. The course is suitable for beginners. No previous knowledge is necessary.