Chicago Mosaic Workshop
What an adventure I had! I travelled to Chicago with my friends and mosaic artist colleagues Karen Rycheck and Scott Fitzwater July 7 - 13 to attend a 5-day intensive workshop taught by Scottish artist Dugald MacInnes. The three of us have admired his work for a long time, and had made plans to attend this coveted workshop way back in December! We were not disappointed.
The Chicago Mosaic School was founded by Karen Ami 10 years ago. I'd been there on two previous occasions: for a one day workshop with maestro Verdiano Marzi as a part of the SAMA conference in 2010, and then again 2011 when Bob and I were on vacation. We were able to visit on a day when resident educational director Matteo Randi was giving a talk. The school is a great resource for mosaic artists as they host a number of well-known international artists for workshops, as well as have a full slate of ongoing classes.
Dugald (or Dugie as we learned we could call him!) has been working with his native Scottish slate to create amazing works of art for many years. Back in 2009 when I co-curated the special exhibition on mosaics at the Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts, Dugie was one of the artists we chose to show in the invitational portion of the exhibition. So when he saw my name tag on the first day of the workshop, he looked at me with a puzzled expression and said, "I know your name!" and I remembered about the Cutting Edges exhibition!
Dugie is a fabulous instructor. He gently guided us to explore the properties and beauty of slate and shale, and the mantra during our 5 days was Simplify! I amazed myself that I was able to create 10 pieces during the course. It was a wonderful exploration. My eyes are open to new possibilities, and I am anxious to get back into my studio to create new work.
Here's a photo journey of our trip.