The finished mosaic, grouted and framed. From first sketch to completion - around 3 months!

The finished mosaic, grouted and framed. From first sketch to completion – around 3 months!

I’d been playing around with ever-simpler shapes and a restricted colour palette for a while. This piece took things further, with just a few muted colours and scarcely any forms at all. I wanted to concentrate on the flow and lines – the andamenti – and see how far I could push things.

The piece is made entirely in unglazed ceramic – the most unflashy medium I could think of, to focus on the cutting and laying rather than the beauty or tactile qualities of glass. It was made using the indirect method, like almost all of my pieces. I started it at a West Dean Summer School, taught by Emma Biggs, and continued over quite a few months after.

Making the mosaic, step by step – click on any image for a slideshow with descriptions