Intuitive Malmischiato 2.0 with Rachel Sager

More Heat, More Fun!

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This course builds on the original Intuitive Malmischiato and introduces you to another layer of flamework. With the torch, the crucible and a few simple hand tools, I will take you step by step into the magic of subtle color mixing. From the simple color mixing of 1.0, we now move into more precise recipes.

Using some of her mosaics as inspiration, Rachel will share the secrets of building movement into color. A piece she has created called The Revelator has been described as “an undulating, organic quilt of color.”

The Inside Out Canoe is an example of a more controlled gradient of color mixing.

Smalti will be your raw material. Starting with a small mountain of smalti, we will carefully create color recipes in the crucible that will be the building blocks, or should we say the building threads of a small composition of handmade filati. Intuitive Malmischiato 2.0 stands apart from 1.0 in the careful color mixing. It teaches you how to look at colors like items in your recipe that get thrown into the pot to become something else entirely.

You will watch Rachel work, in real time, as she creates a 4” x 4” abstract color wash. From the first step of choosing the colors, to the torch work, through the cutting of threads, all the steps until the tiny tesserae are sunk into their apoxie sculpt beds.
Build on the skills you learn in Intuitive Malmischiato 1.0 and take color mixing to higher level. Once you have some experience with flamework of 1.0, Rachel will introduce more nuanced and developed mixes that can then be used as elements in larger mosaics or showcased in their own tiny ways.

A few simple tools, materials and you will be ready to start building your library. We will be using apoxie sculpt as our adhesive and a hand-held torch.

Making your own filati is a brilliant way to turn leftovers into art. One of the extra bonuses of this technique is that you will never need to sweep your shards of smalti into the dustbin again. Making your own Intuitive Malmischiato will turn you into the ultimate recycling artist. It’s not just about jewelry anymore. This technique can be showcased on its own in jewelry, micro mosaic substrates or incorporated into your larger mosaic compositions. Your imagination is your only limitation.

The flame work part of this course and process should be conducted outside or in a highly ventilated area. Do not do indoors in an enclosed space.

"This was the best course ever. Thank you so much. I can’t wait to start!My first Intuitive Malmischiato project. Five recipes. I’m pretty pleased with this first effort." Jennifer J.

"This is so astouding Rachel. I had done a little bit of work using this media, before watching this workshop and now I feel armed with 'next level ' awareness of the potential and possibilities of this wonderful material. Thank you so much." Margaret S.

"Many thanks for your instruction in Malmischiato1 & 2. I’m set up and have started pulling filati, still in the finding my way stage however." Joanna K.

Your Instructor

Rachel Sager
Rachel Sager

-- Rachel Sager: Artist. Teacher. Speaker. Writer. Rachel works on the cutting edge of the contemporary mosaic fine art movement—her innovative work has been represented in cities throughout the US and internationally, and has been awarded multiple bests of show in juried exhibitions. Her Marcellus Shale Series stands as a true Pittsburgh success story, and her work is collected with passion by private clients and corporations all over the world. Rachel’s commitment to the classical language of mosaic paired with her intuitive andamento style has shaped a strong voice in the mosaic world. She brings these classical techniques home to the “here and now” of the present American mosaic movement. Rachel proudly hails from the foothills of Appalachia and passionately preserves her storytelling, hillbilly roots as she weaves the colorful tales of family, nature, self-reliance, humor, and the legacy of coal through the lens of mosaic. Whether she is digging into the earth of her native Pennsylvania or traveling the world as a teacher and speaker, her mission to “build the line” in mosaic continues to inspire new generations of mosaicists.

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