Minoan Mosaic Studio

Mosac Practice       Mosaic portrait piece on display in "Banks Mill Studio" Derby. This 23x23cm mosaic had been created using tiny pieces of vitreous glass, glazed and unglazed ceramics on a wooden board and sealed using different colors grout. This work was inspired by Claude Monet's "Lily Pond".
Mosaic Comission       Commissioned for a local cafe in Leek, with links to the UNESCO world heritage site of City of Apollonia, Albania.
Mosaic Portfolio       This beautiful hand made mosaic is a unique piece of art made for our Studio's portfolio by mosaic artist and art educator Magdalena Aron who's passion for portrait is the key in her personal developement as a mosaic artist.

Made out of vitreous tiles, hand-cut, fitted & glued individually on a ply wood base this mosaic who's time scale stretched over two months from start to finish is one of the first example that the artist had ever produced. It is an unique piece or hand made art and a true sign of patience and talent.
Marble Mosaic       The olive branch is a symbol of peace or victory allegedly deriving from the customs of ancient Greece, particularly regarding supplication to both the gods and persons in power, and is found in most cultures of the Mediterranean basin

By creating this beautiful classical mosaic we are proud to expand our studio portfolio towards a 1500 years old mosaic technique using Marble and Italian Smalti.

This mosaic method called the double-reverse technique is also referred to as the "Ravenna Technique" because it is still used heavily today in cities such as the modern-day Ravenna. The method was passed on through many generations and had been originated the Byzantine times, before being adopted by the Romans.

The beauty of this method is that the mosaic artist is able to see the final look of the mosaic from the initial stages. This is something really valuable in terms of mosaic techniques because most of the times, in the modern world of the mosaic, the artist will only be able to see the whole mosaic coming together at the end of it's processed after the grouting and therefore perhaps a stage too late for accepting changes.

In this method, the tesserae are set into a temporary bed of putty, slaked lime, or clay, where they can be placed and moved at will until the wanted effect is achieved. This temporary base will remain moist for quite a long time, even months as long as it is covered with plastic.

Once finished, the mosaic is lifted and cleaned, and glued on its final destination, typically wooden board, furniture, objects. In order to achieve these beautiful individually cut tesserae (small pieces of marble or Smalti), we have been using traditional tools, such as the hammer and hardie. This method allows us to understand the different hardnesses of each type of marble and colors and give us an intimate inside in the culture and the art of the past.