I love the things we have here in South Australia – the fabulous food, wine, people and places – beauty everywhere. And, for more beauty in my life, I own and operate a gorgeous little gallery called Mrs Harris’ Shop: www.mrsharrisshop.com.au
Update May 17th 2016
Tesserae has been extended by two weeks and will now finish on the long weekend in June (Monday 13 June).
Putting the pieces together
Detail of The Union
plural noun: tesserae
a small block of stone, tile, glass, or other material used in the construction of a mosaic. Roman remains including tesserae have been found
Carol Hill has been a mosaic artist since 2001, when she discovered and fell in love with the ancient art.
She is a member of MAANZ (Mosaic Association of Australia and New Zealand) and, in addition to designing and producing a wide range of mosaics, Carol is a dedicated and generous teacher who loves to share her art and skills.
In 2010 she attended a master class in the UK and just last year, she attended another in Mosaico, Venice, furthering her love of smalti, adding to her already considerable skills and inspiring a new wave of works that she has chosen to show in Tesserae, her latest exhibition.
Meeting in Venice
Smalti is traditional hand-cut mosaic glass that has a different look and feel from regular moulded tile.
For those who would like a more technical definition, we refer to the glossary on the website of Orsini, the famous Venetian glass manufacturers:
Smalto (pl. smalti) In the world of mosaic smalto stands for particularly brilliant, completely opaque, usually prepared by adding crystalline material (corpo) and coloured material (anima) to the colourless or coloured fused glass. These smalti provide a vast range of shades (several thousands) with obvious advantages over the few dozen hues of glass pastes. The term smalto is also incorrectly used to describe metal-leaf mosaic tesserae. In general glassmaking it stands for enamel, that is an intensely coloured low-melting (i.e. it softens before the support material) usually opaque (but also translucent or transparent) glass used in decoration or to clad gold silver or copper objects as well as blown glass and ceramic.
Join Carol at Pruners Hut, McLaren Flat, on Saturday 7 May, from 1pm, to open Tesserae, a journey into the mosaic world, piece by piece, with an eclectic mix of styles, inspiration and technique. Take the opportunity to enjoy the explosion of colours and textures – and even to learn something of the art of mosaic.
Tesserae is on show at Pruners Hut, 45 Trotts Road (via Bagshaw Road) at McLaren Flat from Friday 6 May until the end of the month. Pruners Hut is open on Fridays 10:30am until 3pm, Saturday and Sunday 10:30am – 5pm.
We visited this exhibition last weekend and were not dissappointed. It is a very beautiful, different and interesting way of presenting mosaics which I hadn't seen before. Also, Carol's designs are innovative and unique!