Michael Kruzich: Ravenna Mosaic Method

Images from Michael Kruzich's Ravenna Method mosaic class at IMA. Teaching the Double Reverse Mosaic method from Ravenna Italy with Smalti and Stone.

Visiting Artist Michael Kruzich's

Ravenna Method "Double Reverse" 5 Day Intensive

The “Ravenna method” is a  2000 year old mosaic technique handed down from the Byzantine era. It is also referred to as the “Double Reverse Method”. The Ravenna Method applies ancient methods of laying tesserae where materials are set into a temporary bed of lime paste or clay where they can be moved and changed until the final effect is achieved. The temporary bed of clay or lime paste remains moist for weeks and months; meaning it can be left it and returned to when you are ready to work again. Once complete the mosaic is transferred to a permanent mortar bed.  


Masthead: Detail of mosaic by Liz Williams