Making mosaics is fun. At each step we demonstrate, explain and advise, helping you to realize your own ideas. The mosaics around the house and in the studio provide lots of inspiration, and we have plenty of books and photos. All our students have come to us as beginners and everyone has produced a beautiful mosaic.
The first day is spent painting tiles. You can use bright primary color or subtle neutral tones - the hundreds of painted tiles on the studio wall can act as examples.
Next morning we take the tiles out of the kiln and everyone gathers round to see. The colors are now fired on, and can be used anywhere around the house and garden. We discuss ideas for the main piece - a mosaic table top or mirror surround, or a wall panel for the bathroom or kitchen.
We encourage you to start with one small piece on the second day to practice techniques. Once you get the hang of breaking, cutting and nipping bits to fit you will be confident about your main piece. By Wednesday you will have finished the small square, and your larger mosaic will be under way.
We believe that mealtimes are the heart of a great holiday - we enjoy cooking for all tastes - vegetarian/ vegan being a speciality.
Richard has been involved in commercial decorative arts for 20 years. Other activities centre on research into the prehistory of the region.
Mary studied art at the Cork College of Art in Ireland. She has painted for 25 years and has had shows in galleries in Dublin, Cork and Carcassonne.
A typical day:
• 8 - 9.30 Breakfast is informal, with fresh bread and croissants from the village bakery;
• 9.30 -12.30 Mosaic making in the studio;
• 12.30 - 1.30 Most people head to the pool before lunch;
• 1.30 Lunch - usually a spread of salads with local bread, cheese and charcuterie;
• Afternoon you're free to explore the region or just take a book down to the garden. You may want to go back to the studio later on to continue with your mosaic;
• 7.00 People tend to gather on the terrace before dinner, to check out what's cooking and chat over an aperitif. Dinner is a convivial affair that goes on well into the evening.
Le Cerf Gris is a restored Maison de Maitre at the edge of Moux, a village in the Corbieres wine region of the Languedoc in south west France.
Everything in the house is on a large scale, with high ceilings and marble fireplaces in most rooms. Upstairs there are six bedrooms and three bathrooms. Downstairs there is one bedroom (with ensuite bathroom), a comfortable book-filled sitting room, as well as the big (45'x20') open-plan kitchen/dining-room.
The bathrooms & kitchen feature our own hand painted tiles, and there are many examples of our mosaic designs both inside and out.
Double doors open to the west-facing terrace, overlooking the pool - a favorite spot for aperitifs.
The house is in the middle of a quiet village, but remains secluded behind its old wall. There are courtyards and barns, and the walled garden encloses a large pool and an organic vegetable-plot.
The price includes:
- meals, including wine, and soft drinks
- all mosaic materials : tiles, glazes, kiln firings, adhesives & grout. Base boards charged at cost.
- model for life painting : please bring your own art materials.
- trips out to the countryside in minibus, for Landscape painting.
- collection and return to Carcassonne airport/Narbonne station.
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Mary Horgan & Richard Williams have 13 years experience in ceramic design as Decoware: handpainted tableware, and as Smashing Tiles Mosaic, Ireland. We specialize in handpainted tile mosaic. We have undertaken projects for bars, cafes, restaurants and hotels, as well as private commissions and gallery works. Mary...
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