Roman mosaics - how to make them,
draw them, understand them.
For the main website go to www.romanmosaicworkshops.com
Dogs feature in many Roman mosaics, from the well known guard dogs of Pompeii ('Cave Canum') to hunting dogs such as this one here. Usually the presence of a collar confirms the representation of a domesticated animal as opposed to a wild dog. From the Orpheus Mosaic in the National Museum of Roman Art, Mérida, Spain. Dated to 4th century CE
This kit allows to to recreate a detail from one of them. I've taken the head and redone it using unglazed ceramic tiles which are easy to cut. Although you have the image of my copy to follow you also get an image of the original.
You can cut the tesserae with scissors but I have found using the mini nippers to be a better option.
20 cm x 20 cm baseboard, the tesserae are 10mm x 10mm x 4mm, everything you need is included except nippers.
(I do not supply grout with these due to the regulations. Grout contain cement which can cause rashes and so cannot be included in any craft kit that can appeal to children.)
What previous customers have said;
Recently I had a client who wanted a custom commission incorporating several Roman mosaic patterns. Since my training is not in the geometry of these specialized motifs, I went directly to the Master Lawrence Payne.
Lawrence saved me weeks of work trying to figure out and design these patterns on my own. He has spent years upon years studying these specialized techniques and actually designed the patterns specifically to the tesserae size I was using.
Though I haven’t yet found the time to study with him, I highly recommend taking advantage of his expertise gleaned from years of study, trial and error. Through his years of investment he’s already made the mistakes and adjustments to these techniques for you and passes this directly on to you. He is the Master!
Michael J Kruzich
Learn Roman Mosaics series manual August 2019
I so enjoyed working on the one I had tiles for. The instruction book in itself was worth the money I spent. I spent 200AU on a mosaic class and didn’t learn most of what was in that book.
Lawrence Payne, I just read your e-book about Roman Mosaics--I learned so much! I love the clarity of the explanations, drawings and images--it is a treasure! I'm so glad I signed up for your newsletter!
Who is Lawrence Payne?
Ever since I started this journey in 2002 I have been constantly looking for evidence of how those ancient mosaicists worked. I've gone over the mosaics and in making copies I feel I have a greater understanding of those craftsmen. Now I want to give you the chance to do this work for yourself.
Making small mosaics is no different from working on a full floor, you use the same method, the same outlook.