Modular Mosaic: Connecting the Dots of Intent and Spontaneity - Kelley Knickerbocker and Erin Pankratz-Smith

Touchstone Center for Crafts

Monday, June 20, 2016 - Friday, June 24, 2016
Touchstone Center for Crafts 1049 Wharton Furnace Road FarmingtonPA  15437
Monday, June 20, 2016 - Friday, June 24, 2016
Touchstone Center for Crafts 1049 Wharton Furnace Road FarmingtonPA  15437

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What's Included

In this flexible, spontaneous, scalable, continuity-ensuring approach to mosaic, students will set dimensional clusters (modules) of their chosen tesserae into mortar, arrange the cured modules into a composition on a substrate, and fill and weave other tesserae and space around them. Modules can be grouped, strung together, broken up, recombined, built up, laid out on a grid—so many possibilities! And then completely surrounded and blended with a mosaic field, partially surrounded and blended, or left freestanding for effect. Topics covered are: selecting a material and color palette, free-form composition, concept, interweaving design elements, use of space in design, material processing, working directly in mortar, coloring mortar, building and decorating substrates, and creating more than one visual plane in a mosaic. You will create at least one mosaic from start to finish in class. Learn more about Kelley and Erin at the “Modular Mosaic: Connecting the Dots of Intent and Spontaneity” workshop registration page at

About This Organizer

Touchstone is located in Farmington, Pennsylvania, amid the natural splendor of the Laurel Highlands. Founded in 1972 as the Pioneer Crafts Council, Touchstone's original mission was to foster interest in the preservation of the traditional craft forms and culture of the Appalachian region. Today, the craft school has expanded to include a wide variety of traditional and emerging craft forms, including blacksmithing, ceramics, metal, jewelry, textiles, glass, painting, mosaics, and printmaking. In addition to offering seasonal craft courses taught by nationally renowned artisans, Touchstone provides underserved audiences in the region, from senior citizens to public school students, with craft-centered educational programming. Touchstone's artistic, educational, and residential facilities sit on 150 acres of lush woodlands and pristine wilderness. The campus is covered with towering trees, unique rock formations, and wildflower meadows, and is crossed by McIntyre Run, a rushing stream.


Not only is Touchstone Center for Crafts the only residential craft school in Pennsylvania, it's the natural setting for your creative nature.


Touchstone's mission is to advance excellence in the arts and crafts by educating and encouraging individuals to develop technical skills, good design, and innovative expression. To realize this mission, the school offers workshops, exhibitions, lectures, demonstrations, and other forms of artistic and educational programming throughout the year. Dedicated to achieving national prominence and local relevance, Touchstone strives for national distinction by recruiting some of the best artists in the country to teach high-quality craft workshops that attract a geographically diverse audience. The organization strives for local relevance by providing educational and outreach programming that serves a wide variety of the underserved populations in Fayette County and other parts of southwestern Pennsylvania.

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