I was telling Charlotte that the common areas in my home were all terrazzo tiles and this led us to a discussion on its origins and its history. Perhaps mosaic pieces in Egypt signalled its start but it became popular in the 15th Century in Italy when workers of marble and other forms of stone like granite and quartz, found a good way to recycle the odd bits and pieces that were left. They were put in clay and then smoothed over to make a good walking surface. This became popular in the early 20th century as a good form of relatively inexpensive tiling. The Hollywood Walk of Fame is an example of terrazzo tiling and Charlotte will impart all such interesting information to you as she introduces you to the workshop.
Go with comfortable clothes as there is some messy work involved but that messiness actually is what makes this such a lovely and different time to spend a few hours.
I can tell you there is measuring, mixing, adding but not much subtracting, pouring and testing as well as sanding and smoothing. And the wonderful thing is that, of course, with guidance, you are the boss of colours you want to create. Watching the colours dry happens very quickly and before you know it you have your coloured pieces which will form the little jewels and eye-popping additions to your epoxy resin base, which again you can colour as you choose.
When your moulds are ready and dry, they look quite unremarkable, but with a little bit of vigorous sanding, you are rewarded with the pieces of colour you have chosen to introduce. It is not an exact science (other than the measuring ) but it is one where an eye for colours that match or contrast can produce stunning results. Let me tell you no two of them are alike, so you know that what you have created are unique pieces of terrazzo tiles which you can proudly walk away with and show your adoring and appreciative family or friends.
The pace is unhurried, the ambience arty, with creative work hanging up on the walls and the space allocated to you is ample, so you can spread out and be as creative as your heart desires. There is novelty, challenge and creativity in this workshop and I would go back again and again for the sheer ability to produce a completely different result each time.
So if you are feeling crafty and wanting to start something completely new and a little out of the ordinary - a three-hour casting workshop in terrazzo tiles might be just the thing for you.
There is an undoubted internal buzz to creativity, the feeling of immersing yourself in the process and accepting the challenge. That can often become a relaxed and lovely distraction from the daily grind (pardon the pun) and a pleasurable time to spend with friends.
The workshop is at 16 Austin St Newstead Brisbane 4006.
A 15-minute walk from the Bowen Hills train station and the Teneriffe Ferry Terminal. Bus routes nearby are 300, 302, 305, 306, 360, 322, 392 plus the City Glider. Feel free also to ride your bicycle. There is
plenty of space inside to keep it safe, no need to lock it up
on the street! If driving, street parking is available. It can be
limited during peak times. So please allow extra time to find
a spot. The parking on our street is metered Mon-Fri until
7pm. Street parking is free on weekends.