Over the last few weeks I’ve been making more mosaic coasters, however unlike my previous equestrian themed pieces, these have more of a classical flavour. These coasters have been designed with Romano-British mosaics in mind, in particular the influence of … Continue reading
Throughout history mosaics have been made from a variety of different materials, depending on the location of the project, complexity of the floor and importantly, the wealth of the patron. Limestone and marbles were typically the main stones used in … Continue reading
Whilst at work today I stumbled across a book that for me, could be ever so rather useful: Geometric patterns from Roman mosaics, and how to draw them by Robert Field. This book very much does exactly what it says … Continue reading
One day, sat down with my dinner on a tray before the TV, it suddenly occurred to me that this is one of the many situations in life that could be vastly improved with a mosaic. With this in loose … Continue reading
Increasingly these days I find myself seeking justification for making more mosaics. Therefore in my eternal quest to feed my mosaic addiction, or passion as I prefer to call it, I’ve began making mosaics as gifts for people. However it … Continue reading
Since last week’s discussion of the hare mosaic I’ve been thinking again about the place of the ‘hare’ in ancient religion.
For all the talk of its potential significance in its namesake mosaic, the significance of the hare in ancient religion is a veritable mystery and uncovering the reason would add such great flavour to an already absorbing piece of art.
For the sake of a reason, my best guestimation would be that the hare, as well as the goose and cockerel, were all the zoomorphic representation of a native deity or at least the animal companion of. Such companions are widely known from ancient pagan religions such as the cockerel and ram being associated with Mercury. A parallel can also be drawn to a local belief, across the Cotswolds where a series of sculptures dedicated to a local deity all portray a figure associated with a bird, given the area possibly a wood pigeon.
This to my mind would suggest that, if the hare was taboo as food or a hunting item and looked after or revered by the native British, then being the associate to a deity would be a most plausible explanation for such behaviour and worship. Nevertheless this is just conjecture and should be treated as such, but it never hurts to enquire and it would certainly be plausible. Furthermore even if it is a valid assumption the next mystery is who was this deity, and what powers did it behold? It seems history loves nothing more than a mystery.
A picture can paint a thousand word however when the artist, or even the whole society that made it has disappeared, it can become rather difficult to decipher those words. Iconography, motifs and patterns in art can sometimes look rather … Continue reading
A good friend of mine recently reminded me that a section on where to source materials for making mosaics from might be a useful collection of information for those wishing to partake in such a craft. I could not agree … Continue reading
Although laying tesserae is the major work in creating a mosaic, they’re never truly finished until grouted and secured. This final stage of grouting can have a surprisingly profound impact on the overall design, depending on the colour of the … Continue reading
Once more into the breach my friends, once more! Yes that’s right it has been full steam ahead in the workshop this week and so I present to you another mosaic creation. This design strives to blend native British style … Continue reading