SMALTI
PROCESS

 

Creating with smalti has become Weh's latest interest. After taking a class, she fell in love with the process and materials. The smalti process involves different tools, tiles, and is a much more refined process. Each piece is set with a tweezer, because the positioning of each tesserae is that critical.

The smalti pieces are created using traditional tools – a hammer and hardie, and traditional tile from Italy (smalti), and a direct method by setting each piece in mortar.

Each of Weh's pieces are drawn directly to primed board as a 'color map.' She then lays mortar onto a 1" area and the smalti is cut and layed onto the area in an Andamento style. Inch by inch, she lays the tile before the mortar sets.