Monday, December 20, 2010

Mosaics in Positano Italy

I found these fabulous mosaics in front of the cathedral in Positano.  

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Herculaneum Mosaics

I thought Pompeii had a lot of great mosaics until we visited Herculaneum.  This smaller Roman city was also devastated by the eruption of Mt Vesuvius, but instead of being buried by ash, it was buried by 60 feet of molten mud.  This molten mud kept the city of Herculaneum better preserved overall. 

The vast number of mosaics was almost overwhelming.  Here are just a few:


From a Roman bathhouse

Another bathhouse floor mosaic

Simple, yet intricate and detailed

Herculaneum was a port city

There was a lot of color in these mosaics 

Crumbling mosaic (sorry for the tilted pic, still having this problem with Blogger)

Geometric shapes were popular. 

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Mosaics of Pompeii

I was amazed by mosaics from the moment I saw my first Roman mosaic here in Italy. Wow! They are amazing, 2000 year old works are art. Some are simple, some are quite complex. All are beautiful.
On my blog, Daily Life in Italy, I have chronicled our recent trip to southern Italy, but I only showed a few photos of mosaics, choosing instead to share them all here in this blog. So, off we go into the world of Roman mosaics...

Entry into a Roman villa

Bathhouse floor

Inside a villa


Friday, November 26, 2010

Mosaic Artist

Last weekend I stumbled upon a mosaic artist displaying his work for a shopping mall art exhibit.  I had intended to visit an art store nearby to stock up on some mosaic glass.  They were closed (for lunch), so I ended up at the mall. 

Bonci Pierino was great to talk to.  He showed me his work, explained some of his techniques and gave me directions to find another mosaic supplier. 

Bonci does some beautiful work using ceramic, glass, aquarium stone, wood and more.  Check out the link to see his work. 

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Current Projects

I completed the mosaic part of this project a few weeks ago.  All I have left to do is clean it up a bit and paint the sides and back of the baseboard. 

This is my Denver Bronco mosaic I've been working on for a few weeks.  I'm trying a different technique, in which the glass pieces are layed as close together as possible, minimizing the amount of grout that will be used.  The detail of this mosaic has been a time consuming challenge, especially the letters.  It will say Denver Broncos when finished. 

And here is my newest project, a red and black mirror design.  Katrina helped me come up with the swirling red idea.  

I will post pictures of these projects when they are completed.