Ilana Shafir Workshop 3-11-2007 21, originally uploaded by tslothrop.

Where does the mosaic end and the cornucopia of mosaic materials begin?


Ilana Shafir Workshop 3-11-2007 11, originally uploaded by tslothrop.

During the design process, Camy’s board is covered with piles of possibilities. Note the light colors in the central mandala, to be replaced later with dark materials.


Ilana Shafir Workshop 3-11-2007 02, originally uploaded by tslothrop.

Sonia’s treasure inspires the radiating arms of subtle color and texture in her spontaneous mosaic.


Ilana Shafir Workshop 3-11-2007 10, originally uploaded by tslothrop.

Jean Ann’s central treasure grows organically outward in many different textures and colors.


Ilana Shafir Workshop 3-11-2007 08, originally uploaded by tslothrop.

Ilana and Virginia confer on ideas for building out from the ceramic creatures.


Ilana Shafir Workshop 3-11-2007 09, originally uploaded by tslothrop.

Ilana likes the horizontal lines of Andrea’s spontaneous mosaic.


Ilana Shafir Workshop 3-11-2007 20, originally uploaded by tslothrop.

Bonnie’s spontaneous mosaic catches the waves.


Ilana Shafir Workshop 3-11-2007 24, originally uploaded by tslothrop.

Camy has finished cementing the pieces of her spontaneous mosaic.


Ilana Shafir Workshop 3-11-2007 29, originally uploaded by tslothrop.

Spontaneous mosaics by Andrea (top) and Camy (bottom).


Ilana Shafir Workshop 3-11-2007 30, originally uploaded by tslothrop.

Spontaneous moasics by Virginia (top) and Ruth (bottom).


Ilana Shafir Workshop 3-11-2007 28, originally uploaded by tslothrop.

Spontaneous mosaics by Susannah (top), Sylvia (middle), and Jean Ann (bottom).


Ilana Shafir Workshop 3-11-2007 27, originally uploaded by tslothrop.

Spontaneous mosaics by Bonnie (top), Suzanne (middle left), Marcie (middle right), and Sonia (bottom).

Ilana Shafir is one of my all time favorite mosaic artists. If you ever have a chance to take her class for goodness sake don’t miss it! 🙂