If you are looking to learn how to properly use hammer and hardie for your mosaic art practice and you want to learn more about all types of smalti and how to cut it then this is the Bundle option for you. Read below the description of each course and see what you would love to learn and create. All MAO Bundle options are always a 15% off savings vs purchasing the course separately.
"Break it Down" Cut (almost) Anything Using Hammer and Hardie"
Hammer & hardie has gotten a bad reputation. It is thought of as advanced technique, or just hard on your wrists because it is a heavy hammer, after all! And that impossibly thin hardie edge to aim for? It seems daunting. In this online course, Anabella Wewer will show you that it is not at all difficult, and all it takes is understanding a few basic principles and practice. She demonstrates that this can be a beginner’s tool, one to be understood and embraced from the start — or whenever you are ready to take the leap!
In this course you will learn:
Anabella demonstrates cutting smalti and marble, of course, but you will see her cut porcelain tile, Litovi, hard and soft materials from the hardware store, foraged rocks, and even crockery, in up close detail, all with her favorite 950 grams hammer.
“I have never met anyone who only uses a hammer to develop wrist pain,” Anabella likes to say, and she’s learned from masters who’ve been at it for over 40 years. She uses hammer and hardie exclusively in her studio, and only picks up nippers as a last resort (and to cut slate, or very precious materials).
You will learn to hold the hammer in the best position for balance, and to let gravity do most of the work for you. Anabella will show you that with proper technique, even a light hammer can cut the hardest of materials (within the scope of materials that can be cut without a saw), and you will see her switch hammers to a bricklayer’s hammer when in doubt (still cutting very successfully).
You will watch Anabella work in real time cutting trapezoids (keystones), triangles, sticks, and more. She shows you how to cut material with the least amount of waste (because who wants to waste any precious smalti?!) by calling attention to the geometry of material, in a very simple way.
This course shows you a clear path to confidently approach any material and cut it down to size (and shape!) to free you to focus on the design aspects of your work without the limitations of what nippers can cut (pain free!). The only thing we can’t do is watch you practice, but practicing is the only way to get rid of that feeling that says you will hurt yourself with the hammer — you won’t. Trust us. Just take a deep breath, reset, and be present. You can always come back and watch Anabella cutting different materials and pick up new details before you go back to your stump to practice some more. You’ll be cutting everything with confidence in no time!
All About Smalti
All About Smalti is Mosaic Arts Online's response to multiple requests for a primer on everything smalti. We brought Anabella Wewer in to explain in-depth how to cut waste when using smalti and share her tips and tricks on how to work with it. Anabella explains how smalti is made, the differences between Italian, Mexican, and recycled smalti, and how those differences affect how each looks within a mosaic. In this course you learn good practices when cutting material of different sizes, from a pizza to the more commonly available A-cuts. Though Anabella's preferred tool is the hammer & hardie, she occasionally uses nippers, mainly to cut gold smalti, and here you will learn how to cut with a variety of nippers and understand the differences and advantages of each of them. Though only possible with a hammer, you will also learn how to facet smalti for a beautiful look. With all the material cut, Anabella then goes on to make a small composition, pointing out along the way how to set smalti within a bed of thinset, the importance of working clean, and how to avoid pitfalls while setting tesserae. As andamento is her mosaic language, she spends a little time explaining sdoppiamento (how to split a line) and how to use it when introducing different colors within a line. As a bonus, we've added a section from Anabella's Color Theory in Mosaics course which covers color gradations in smalti and how suppliers' sample boards can help in determining how to make successful ones. This wealth of information is yours to watch as many times as you wish, in perpetuity, with unlimited log-in access to the platform, and the ability to ask questions which will be responded to within the page accompanying each segment.
A graphic designer by profession, and a native of Caracas, Venezuela, Anabella is an internationally exhibited mosaic artist and passionate metalsmith. She is co-founder, and has been Creative Director of Black Box, a studio specializing in Web-based applications, since 1994. After discovering mosaics as fine art during a trip to the Vatican in 2004, she started taking mosaic classes in the United States, but quickly made the decision to train mostly in Italy. Her work is rooted in a sense of place and time, with a distinctive graphic feel that often incorporates type and her love of maps and fossils. Her passion for materials and history inform her work and push her to explore new territory grounded in time-proven rules and principles. Her background as a typographer guides her work, exploring the language of materials and technique to tell stories. "When I put hand to metal or stone, I aim to bring the viewer into a narrative, to provide questions to consider. I am intrigued by frozen moments in time; I like to imagine what came before and what follows. Place and time, their changing and their passing, and trying to capture their impermanence is my main artistic directive,” says Anabella of both her jewelry and mosaic work.
Anabella has studied Ravenna mosaic technique with Luciana Notturni, in Ravenna, Italy; stone micro-mosaic and opus vermiculatum with Arianna Gallo and Luca Barberini of Koko Mosaico in Ravenna; filati micro-mosaics with Maestro Carlo Meloni (Rome); abstract and modern mosaics with Verdiano Marzi (Ravenna/Paris), Dugald MacInnes (Scotland), Matteo Randi (Ravenna) and Dino Maccini (Piacenza) as well as with Valeria Manzo, Dagmar Friedrich and Laura Carraro at the Scuola Mosaicisti dei Friuli, Spillimbergo; and honed her skills using native materials with Rachel Sager; color in mosaics with Carol Shelkin, and got her beginnings under the guidance of Gina Hubler (Pennsylvania). Her native languages are Spanish and Portuguese, and she also speaks English and Italian. She lives in Macungie, Pennsylvania.