Last week there was a new first time for me: My first time giving a workshop in Germany, along with Ruth Minola Scheibler, about andamenti (the guidelines or the flow of a mosaic) and working with the martellina has ended last friday.
Our students had five days to familiarize with the tool and implement their motive. But before that, there was a theoretical part with historical backgrounds and exercises on different andamenti. Of course, we also explained how to prepare the workplace and use the martellina correctly, as for many participants it was the first time to work with the hammer.
It was really exciting to see how the initial uncertainties regarding the use of the martellina soon vanished and also working with the cement-based adhesive and the mixing of materials and colors always worked better. And when all students had completed their main motive on Friday, Mino and I were very proud of our ‘girls’, who had come not only from all over Germany, but also from Ireland, The Hague and London to join our workshop in Cologne. Each mosaic has its own expression – through individual choice of colors, materials and the way of working. I enjoyed this week a lot and am happy to have accompanied each individual in her project.
Unfortunately, on Friday it was already time to say farewell to our wonderful group, but I am already looking forward to seeing them soon. For two course participants, this soon is really quite soon: they will participate in our next workshop on color and material starting on Monday. I am sure that here again, we will see great results!