Working with Smalti and Self-Levelling Cement – A three day workshop with Deanna Kernick


When: Thursday 29th February, Friday 1st and Monday 4th March 2024
Time: 10am to 4pm each day
Where: Mosaics by Design Studio in Blackwood, South Australia

Seventeen years ago I travelled to Italy to attend a workshop run by Luciana Notturni at the Ravenna Mosaic Art School. Since then I have returned to Italy on a number of occasions where I have attended courses such as Artefact with Romuald Mesdagh in Venice, Orsoni Smalti in Venice, the Scuola Mosaicisti del Friuli in Spilimbergo with Carolina Zanelli and Koko Mosaico with Arianna Gallo in Ravenna. Each workshop was distinct in their teaching. At all workshops I was taught with the beautiful medium of smalti as well as marble.

The rich blend of colours and ability to capture light through texture is what makes smalti so appealing.

In June 2023 I spent 9 amazing days in Ravenna at Koko Mosaico run by Luca Barberini and Arianna Gallo where I was taught to create hair and surround my smalti work in lead. We then worked with a self levelling cement to create a relief background. I would like to share what I learnt under the guidance of Arianna and her sister Anita.

At this workshop we will concentrate on the correct placement of tesserae to create flow and movement to your mosaic. You will learn how to facet your tesserae with a hammer and hardie to create even more texture to your mosaic.

You will not be expected to work with lead but you certainly can if you would like to try it out.

On the final day when your mosaic is complete we will finish your piece with self levelling cement. I will be on hand to help you achieve your desired result. The correct adhesive and substrates will also be covered.

This workshop is suitable for beginners to smalti with some mosaic experience through to an advanced level.

Cost: $470 includes all materials, tea, coffee and morning tea. (A 10% discount applies to current students only)
To secure a spot in the workshop, a non-refundable deposit of $50 is required.

If you would like to make a booking or have any questions about this workshop please call Deanna on 0412 366 049 or email



South Australian Artist, Deanna Kernick started up her business Mosaics by Design in 2000. Since then she has created countless mosaic murals for private and corporate clients throughout Australia.

As well as creating mosaics, Deanna has a passion for teaching. Her realistic floral mosaic designs have become widely popular with students wanting to learn and improve their skills.