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23rd March, 2013

Production in Pieces: Making Mosaics from Antiquity to the Present

Event Details

23rd March, 2013
10am - 6pm
Anatomy Lecture Theatre 6th Floor King's Building Strand Campus
Mosaic is an astonishingly complex and laborious technique with which expert makers can create extraordinary effects that deceive the eye with subtle shifts in the colour and shape of the pieces.

We are delighted to confirm the following speakers: Cristina Boschetti, Steve Cosh, Liz James, Roger Ling, Ruth Westgate and Will Wootton. Over the course of the workshop the speakers will examine the techniques and materials used from the Hellenistic period through to the present day. In addition the event will place mosaic production within its social and historical context by assessing our knowledge of the craftsmen and customers. Our aim is to bring together a diverse audience to think about mosaics in terms of their practical, functional and cultural elements.


10.00 – 10.30    Registration with Tea and Coffee

10.30 – 10.40    Introduction

10.40 – 11.20    Ruth Westgate (University of Cardiff), ‘The mosaicists’ customers: who were they, and what did they want?’

11.20 – 12.00    Cristina Boschetti (Universities of Nottingham and Padua), ‘Making ancient mosaics: materials and techniques’

12.00 – 12.10    Practical demonstration  by Monica Piovesana and Giulia Vogrig: ‘Materials: qualities and selection’

12.10 – 12.50    Will Wootton (King’s College London), ‘Making mosaicists: re-constructing the Classical craftsman’

12.50 – 13.00    Practical demonstration by Monica Piovesana and Giulia Vogrig: ‘Preparation: cutting and tools’

13.00 – 14.00    Lunch (and film screenings)

14.00 – 14.40    Stephen Cosh, ‘Understanding ancient workshops: how to identify ‘Groups’ of mosaicists in Roman Britain’

14.40 – 14.50   Practical demonstration by Monica Piovesana and Giulia Vogrig: ‘Laying: andamento

14.50 – 15.30   Liz James (University of Sussex), ‘Making Byzantine wall mosaics’

15.30 – 16.00   Tea and Coffee (and film screenings)

16.00 – 16.10    Practical demonstration by Monica Piovesana and Giulia Vogrig: ‘Setting: methods and adhesives’

16.10 – 16.50    Heike Zech (Victoria and Albert Museum), ‘Making micromosaics: beyond the Doves of Pliny (ca. 1750-1850)’

16.50 – 17.00    Practical demonstration by Monica Piovesana and Giulia Vogrig: ‘Fixing and finishing’

17.00 – 17.40    Roger Ling (University of Manchester), ‘Mosaic forgeries and how to recognise them’

17.40 – 18.00   Questions and Conclusions

The workshop is organised by Dr Will Wootton, Classics, King’s College London.

Part of the Applied Arts workshop series. For more information, please visit the King’s College London website or email







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