Your Ah Haa Moment: A Flair For Mosaics

[click “Play” to hear Flair Robinson’s conversation with Susan]

New York City Final_2_2 Upcoming at Telluride’s Ah Haa School for the Arts: Tile Basic Mosaics taught by instructor Flair Robinson, Wednesday – Friday, February 24 – 26, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Mosaic is the art of creating images with an assemblage from small pieces of colored glass, stone and other materials such as ceramic tiles for decorative purposes generally inside a home or church. The technique has been around for centuries: examples abound in pre-Islamic Persia, ancient Rome, and early Jewish and Christian cultures. Mosaics dominated church art throughout the Italian Renaissance and Baroque eras (16th and 17th centuries), but the art form is still going strong today.

Flair Robinson is a self-taught mosaic and assemblage artist , who works primarily with hand-cut ceramic tile, glass, and recycled junk. She is first and foremost a colorist, fascinated by the kaleidoscopic combinations of color possible in her medium. Flair constantly seeks new and different variations on the theme of color mixing and finds inspiration in vintage advertising, old road-side signs and attractions, carnival games and fabric. She gets high taking bits and pieces of nothing and turning them into something.

Flair’s class, which covers terminology, design, mosaic surfaces, fixatives, tools, grouting, sealing and finishing, targets beginners, but welcomes all comers.

The same week, Ah Haa offers Adult Beginner Blacksmithing with Jon Hubbard. That course, which teaches students the basics to create a small piece of furniture or sculpture, happens Friday and Saturday, February 19 – February 20. (Ages 13+).

Flair Robinson is also hard at work creating a piece for the Telluride AIDS Benefit’s art auction.

To learn more, click the “play” button and listen to Flair’s podcast.

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