Architectural Mosaics - Jessica Gorlin Liddell

Touchstone Center for Crafts

Monday, July 18, 2016 - Friday, July 22, 2016
Touchstone Center for Crafts 1049 Wharton Furnace Road FarmingtonPA  15437
Monday, July 18, 2016 - Friday, July 22, 2016
Touchstone Center for Crafts 1049 Wharton Furnace Road FarmingtonPA  15437

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What's Included

Learn how to create permanent mosaic installations, such as back splashes, floor medallions, and wall murals. Class will cover setting materials, substrates, and how to choose a tile. In addition, students will learn how to make outdoor mosaic murals that will hold up to the winter weather. You will begin the week by designing a project based on a site in your home or community. Over the course of the week, you will learn the indirect method and create mosaics on mesh that you can later incorporate into your project. This class will also be helpful for educators that wish to do large scale collaborative projects with their students. Jessica began making mosaics in 1993 and started her company Bella Mosaic Art in 1997. Based outside of Philadelphia, Jessica’s architectural mosaics can be found in parks, schools, hospitals and other public spaces throughout the country. She makes many of her own tiles and is inspired by vibrant colors and highly textured surfaces. Jessica prides herself on creating permanent mosaic installations that are innovative and technically sound.

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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