Our January Meeting: Marble Mosaics with George Lavaroto

MARBLE MOSAICS The January meeting will be held on January 4th at the Knox United Church, 2569 midland Avenue beginning at 8:00 pm.  The presentation will feature a talk and […]

MARBLE MOSAICS

A pietra dura table: hardstones, alabaster and marble (pietra dura); Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; http://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/202713

A pietra dura table: hardstones, alabaster and marble (pietra dura); Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; http://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/202713

The January meeting will be held on January 4th at the Knox United Church, 2569 midland Avenue beginning at 8:00 pm.  The presentation will feature a talk and discussion on marble mosaics by George Lovorato.  A mosaic is a piece of art, made by assembling small pieces of coloured glass, stone or in this case marble. Mosaics have a long history and are thought to have originated in Mesopotamia in the third century B.C. The pieces are small, flat and fit together to form a picture or art.

George has been actively interested in geology ( rocks and fossils ) for about 12 years. About 5 years ago he met a client who was a mosaic artist.  According to George

“ The client  worked on a number of churches in the Woodbridge area. His work was very traditional and he guided me through some of the basics and techniques of mosaics. Unfortunately he passed away and since then I have studied different styles and 3 years ago I took a course that made it quite clear what was going to be required ( space , inventory and imagination). I have tried a few styles and worked with different materials, but what I am settling on is a style known as “Commesso” or ‘Pietra dura”

Pietra dura  is a product of lapidary work, polishing, shaping, and fitting”. Pietra dura is a term that describes inlay techniques that makes use of cut, finished, and highly coloured stones, such as marble to create images. It is considered to be a decorative art. It will be exciting for most of us to observe this rather unique form of the lapidary arts.  This should be quite interesting and well worth the visit for anyone interested in lapidary techniques.

George was employed as a worker adviser for the Ministry of Labour (for 29 years) until his retirement three years ago. His work was in reference to medical legal issues with industrial health and safety. He appeared before boards and commissions arguing cases that involved issues of DNA and their impact on the workplace. I also wrote and initiated the Ontario Federation of Labour Anatomy course.

George was a member of the Canadian National veteran’s fencing team, and represented Canada at World Championships. He has been fencing since he was 12 and was a coach until 2 years ago when arthritis made it difficult to work at a competitive level.

We are pleased to welcome all lapidaries and craft persons  to come out to our meeting, and find out about more about  this new and different aspect of our hobby.  Our meeting are open to everyone members and non-members alike. If you like to try new things this meeting is for you.

Google Map

  • We meet in the Church Hall which is the building north of KnoxUnitedChurch.
  • To get to the Hall: When driving north on Midland just past Sheppard, you will pass the church which is on the corner. Then keep you eye out for a small laneway that runs south of the Hall. This leads to the parking lot behind (east) of the Hall.
    If you miss the laneway, keep going till you hit a small street on your right (east) called Rural Ave. Turn right (east) and look for a driveway into the Church Hall parking lot.
  • The door to the Hall is visible from the parking lot. The door is propped open for the meetings. Come in the door & walk up a half a flight of stair into the hall.
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