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Ceramic Tile Mosaic

A few years back I took an art history class for fun with my wife.  The teacher her self was a local artist and was always looking for ways to teach without endless lectures and rote memorization. One of those approaches was an assignment to research a famous work of art and use it as inspiration for another piece in any medium.

I wanted something physical like sculpting or carving, but then the instructor gave me an idea I hadn’t considered: Mosaic. With modern materials and home stores there are actually a number of prefabricated tiles of precise size and color… but I decided to go the hammer and tile cutter route and do my version of Rodin’s “Thinker”.  I used normal ceramic tile fractured with a hammer and trimmed where needed to capture intricate details.  I spent about 30 hours on the project, much more than the minimum required, but time flew by as I was building it.


  • Eye Protection
  • Dust Mask
  • Hammer
  • Tile Cutter
  • Putty Knife
  • Ceramic Tiles (lots of them)
  • Plexi Glass
  • Permanent Marker
  • Tile Cement
  • Tile Grout
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