I have so many photos from our workshop that I'll have even more for next Saturday. Today's post is all about the second day of the workshop......grouting. I wasn't looking forward to this but it didn't turn out to be bad at all.
First a few photos left over from the first day.
This is a photo that the class assistant took of me on the first day.
This is a photo of Isaiah at work on the first day. He was a really sweet man. I think he said that he's 75 and admitted that he's starting to wind down a bit. Of course for him that means working 12 hours a day (7 days a week) instead of 16.
We started in his workshop mixing and coloring the first batch of concrete. The we all went to the site and got started. The first color was this aqua. As some of us worked a few others went back to the workshop to mix the next batch (blue). The last batch was what we quilters call cheddar.
Sometime on the first day baby was put in the corner. Somehow I got put at the far end of the side wall in this corner but that meant that I did this whole section all by myself, tiles and grout. Isaiah designed it. I just did what I was told! I worked out great because I was in the shade and had some space.
Isaiah was inspecting the section next to me. He's up and down the ladders like nothing.
Here's another side section with the grouting done. I love the bottom wavy border. See the round pieces at the bottom? Those are clay pieces that he makes by imprinting medallions of clay with doilies.
Here's the back section completed. He comes back in a few days to paint in the design lines.
Me posing next to the bird head blob. He makes the blobs with leftover concrete from previous jobs. After we finished up here we took back the leftover concrete and made a new blob for a future project. The new one has a yellow ceramic horse head in it!
Here's most of the group. There's one lady missing who had to leave early. My friend Laura (from England) is in the blue shirt next to Isaiah. My friend Lora (former co-worker) is in the white shirt. David, one of the instructors is standing on the right in the red shirt. The other instructor, Trish, is kneeling in the black shirt. She's a well-known mosaic artist on her own. You can see her work here. The happy homeowner is the lady standing on the right in the tan pants. She made fabulous lunches for everyone each day.
I think I mentioned that this house turned out to be right behind the place where we were staying. We happened to run into the homeowners as we were going to dinner Saturday night. We had drinks and dinner with them and then were treated to a tour of their historic home after dinner. They are a lovely couple and have led the most interesting lives. A bonus of getting to know them was sharing email addresses so they could send us a photo of the finished mural.
Isaiah returned Tuesday and painted in the lines so now we can see what the final mural looked like. Most of his murals are lined in black but I really like the effect of the various colors of paint on this one.
If you have any interest in mosaics I can't recommend this workshop enough. You can get all of the information here. Next week I'll share some of the photos I took of his studios.