Many scenes of ancient culture are depicted in the layers of sedimentary mosaic art that dot the rolling landscapes of Greece and Italy. Create a modern mosaic masterpiece with today's Groupon to Mercury Mosaics on Tyler Street NE. Choose between two class options:
- For $35, you get a mirror or wall mosaic class (an $80 value).
- For $150, you get an advanced mosaic class (a $300 value).
Mercury Mosaics is devoted to providing handmade tiles and mosaics for home and business installation. Learn to work with your hands and craft an item using its artisan techniques over the course of a three-hour basic or five-hour advanced class.
In the basic class, you'll create a one-of-a-kind 10"x10" mirror mosaic (or 8"x15" wall mosaic) with experienced instructors and piles of handmade tiles on hand with which to festoon your homestead or walk-in humidor. In the advanced classes, tile nippers cut and arrange natural-colored mosaics into four different Italian-style opus designs. All required materials are provided, and experienced instructors guide you step-by-step as you plan and assemble your piecey pièce de résistance. Due to time constraints, however, you'll have to complete the final step of grouting at home, equipped with detailed instructions, Mercury Mosaic–provided grout, and a pack of signal flares.
Basic classes are scheduled on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and advanced classes are held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the selected Saturdays listed in the sidebar. The tessera tutorials max out at 20 students, ensuring attention as individualized and detailed as the pieces of art being created. Use this Groupon as an opportunity to finally silence an overly chatty enchanted mirror with a heavy slab of tile and dollop of grout. Students who participate in the class will receive a 10% discount on a future commercial or residential tiling project.
When Mercedes Austin sees a piece of artwork, her imagination immediately breaks it down into pixels and rebuilds it as a tile mosaic. Recently, she executed this process by making a mosaic of a wall mural: She fabricated jagged tiles, arranged them to resemble the original, and grouted the piece together. The resulting mosaic speaks to her intuition as an artist, and also to the years she’s spent honing the craft.
At Mercury Mosaics’ studio, Mercedes and a team of “tile elves” share their passion in two ways: through mosaic classes and custom installations. Classes explore all facets of mosaic creation, from cutting and gluing to grouting tiles into a pattern that resembles a real-life object or fuzzy television screen. Installations, which are fully customized to the client’s specifications, add a distinctive flair to commonly tiled areas such as bathrooms, backsplashes, and fireplaces.