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A Beginning Mosaic Workshop

with Joni Eisen
592 Pennsylvania St. (on Potrero Hill)
San Francisco 94107


HOURS: Saturday, 10am to 3pm (till 5pm optional)
Sunday, noon to 3pm

In this one-and-half-day class, you will learn the basic skills needed to create a mosaic stepping stone: designing the piece, choosing colors, cutting the ceramic tiles, adhering the tiles to the concrete form with mortar, then applying grout to finish the piece.

I will provide all materials (great selection of tile, pottery and glass!), equipment, instruction, cheerleading, and coffee. You should just bring a bag lunch on Saturday (fridge available). Also, if you have a broken dish you’ve been dying to do something with, or tile/glass/stone in a color or pattern you love, by all means bring that to incorporate. You will be creating your mosaic atop a preformed concrete paver, 12” across in your choice of three shapes: round, square or hexagonal. You should be able to complete one stepping stone during the workshop: permanent, weatherproof art for your garden - or your mom.

We will be working in the space behind/under the house - not actually in the backyard, but still in the open air, with a nice view of the garden and a roof over our heads. So be sure to wear (old, crummy) clothing in layers, as usual in San Francisco. The workshops are small, only two to five students, so you’ll get lots of individual attention.

The cost of the workshop is $110 ($50 deposit, the rest when you arrive) per person. To reserve your space, please send your deposit check to the address above, specifying which date you prefer. I’m quite flexible as to scheduling, so you are not necessarily limited to a weekend, or even to two consecutive days (The process does require more than one day). Also, if you have a friend or two wanting to learn mosaic, you can schedule your own workshop without waiting for me to gather students and set a date.

Please call me at 648-6740 if you have any questions. I hope that this project will open you up to the potential of mosaic to enrich your world and that of those around you. Maybe you’ll want to tile everything in sight if only you had the time! A stepping stone indeed.

P.S. Well-behaved dogs are welcome. Also, here's a good source of mosaic supplies on the web: Di Mosaico