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Let the Games Begin

Richard Moss's avatar Richard Moss

Mosaic and design traditions of many cultures come together in joyous celebration. A variety of ceramic and glazing techniques and confetti of 24 carat gold smalti provide sumptuous color and fascinating detail to delight on even the closest inspection. For a ceramic mosaic, I draw the figure as I cut it out of a slab of wet clay. Pieces may be carved or textured, cleaned and slowly dried, and kiln-fired. Glazed by hand using brushes and mineral pigments, and fired again. A painterly and luminous quality is enhanced by multiple firings, each new layer of subtle detail permanently fused. The visual flow and direction within a mosaic is produced by placement of rows of bits called tesserae, according to ancient grammar: andamento. With real wall power, strong drawing, and a glinting surface, my work holds its own in most any setting.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 1
  • Medium: Mosaic: hand-glazed ceramic and 24 carat gold smalti on metal support
  • Width: 11
  • Year created: 2010
  • Height: 9