About us & About the Craft

We make the difference

What we make has been made with passion and whit a clear eye for decorating wishes of our customers. 

With us you're not a factory-number, on the contrary we intend to design together with you and you're ideas until we visualize something unique that perfectly reflects your identity. 

Every project result in something that fit's you and your living- & work environment.   

Industrial or Handmade?

Any industrial product probably will be cheaper but not necessaraly of the best quality....while a handmade product always last longer because it is more durable made.  

It might be a little more expensive but our mosaicprojects are designed and produced to last forever...and most importantly they surely give you a lot more satisfaction. 

For us this is essential and that's what it's all about.

You're unique... to us your project

We listen to your personal ideas or we help you with choosing the right direction based upon you're ideas.

We are guide you when you need to make choises or the materials you want, but you're always welcome with your own completed design, eventually there will always be a result that fulfill your desires.

Traditions in surface design

Durable traditions in Quality surface design

mosaicstudio.eu designs original mosaic projects for interior and exterior, and uses exclusively the highest quality Crystal glass from Venice and Murano,  that has been created following the craftsmanship secrets of ancient Byzantine tradition. Every mosaicpanel, wall- or floor, is completely handmade tradtionally but also in combination with contemporary design. Restauration of existing mosaics is also our business.  

this exclusive glass is of top-level quality. It comes in myriad colours that are guaranteed to resist time for a period of 500 years (also exterior). Mosaics are created with pieces of broken glass (Smalti) to give an extra dimensional touch to any architectural surroundings, walls, or with flattened glass for your floors (Smalti Piastrini). The studio also work with noble marbles (specially floorprojects) and the finest among mosaic for the most demanding customers : gold tesserae (pure 24Kt. gold leave!)   

any project order results in a unique mosaic panel, wall or floor, especially designed and tailor-made to perfectly fit your decorative or artistic architectural vision.   

MOSAIC MADE OF HANDROLLED PURE CRYSTALGLASS FROM THE FINEST ITALIAN TRADITIONS, UNIQUE IN THE WHOLE WORLD  

Founder Marq Rawls

Founder & Maestro in Mosaïco

Marq Rawls

mosaicstudio.eu was founded by maestro in mosaico Marq Rawls, a lifetime artist with an extensive experience in various forms of expression. Furniture maker (1979-1986) at first made use of his predilection to create with his hands. And mosaic draws even more on the artistic element of craftsmanship than making furniture.   

In 2000, Marq follows a course at the world-famous CISIM (Centro Internazionale Studi Insegnamento Mosaico) in Ravenna, Italy. This course will be fundamental for the development of his visual and architectural qualities. He gains further knowledge by reading books, visiting professional mosaic, glass and ceramics studios. Other artists will put him on the way. His material knowledge, his insight in design, his feeling for different types of stone and glass, with which mosaic can be created for antique as well as modern design, all these form the basis for his career as a visual artist. 

In June 2007, Marq goes to Venice, Italy for a Master course at Orsoni. This course helps him perfecting his skills in this discipline. As a result, his first work with this material, ‘Other Fishes’, was promptly selected for the International Mosaic Biennale in Tokyo. To further complete his knowledge he finally travels to Paris, France in winter 2008, to work with the French mosaic artist Thierry Hochard teaches him how to make the genuine traditional mosaic floors with marble and natural stones.

Marq Rawls has realised his dream in the last 8 years, by gathering the skills, the knowledge and the maturity, and has opened his own professional mosaic studio in 2008. He now has the ability to deliver every professional request, large or small, classical or contemporary, complex or simple, made with the exclusive Venetian smalti, or with noble marble and natural stones, and , last but not least, the highest in the mosaic range : gold tesserae (24kt)!

Marq currently develops works designed in close collaboration with his clients and tailored to their demands, which inevitably results in original and exclusive mosaics, that provide a unique cachet to the architecture that harbours them. 

Mosaic (Shortcut History)

Byzantine Empire and long before...

Without any doubt, mosaic is a European craft. A craft that has been gaining importance at the Byzantine and Roman Era. Before that époque we can go back to the Pompeii, Summeria & Mesopotamia…the beginning of civilization around 3500 to 5000 BC. But the decorative mosaics made by those people can be compared with those of other tribes of aboriginals all around the globe. It is basic and only with the use of black & white stones from the beach and mostly to cover pillars (sometimes floors, but they all disappeared) in circled & rectangular shapes. 

From Cathedrals into Houses

Back to Byzantium and Rome it is there where the Smalti (crystal glass) has been invented, and until today it is produced in an almost unchanged way, and the concept of mosaic like we know it today. Mainly mosaics where used to decorate the churches and cathedrals but craftsman also started to find work as a refined form of housing decorators by nobleman and other rich and powerful people. outside but also inside the building too. Because of it's excellent quality & durability is was famous. The Byzantines had an Imperial desire, therefor designed a concept of durability but also from wealth and status, reflecting the power of the rulers during this Imperialism era, so beauty was also important to show these things. 

The concept of the creation

The second important thing, to understand the mosaic what we are talking about is the concept. It is very important in order to have the desired high-end result that the mosaïst understands and is trained to work with the –specially for mosaic designed- opus formatting. There is the first Opus tesselatum and Opus vermiculatum, but in history later came also more frequent Opus patterns like regulatum, circumactum or spicatum, the specially designed concept for creating far more better results. There's more to tell, however it's the necessary background of a good mosaïst for a good understanding with his craft, before he starts even cutting his first tesserae! 

A breef mosaic Introductory...

Mosaic art, in the broadest sense of the word, is related to other decorative art forms. All these artistic techniques are based on the same principle, namely the fitting together, in different colours and side by side, of small pieces of a certain material (such as marble, coloured stone, glass, ceramics, etc.) which is then embedded in a background material to obtain a geometrical or decoratively formed design. As told, 5000 years ago, the Sumerians already made designs on their walls by pressing cones of coloured lay into the coat of plaster and around 300 BC the Greeks made mosaics of different coloured stones. 

Infinite variations

Since then, people have used all kinds of materials for the creation of mosaic such as stone, pottery, glass, shells, plastic but also far less evident materials for public as well as private buildings, spaces and purposes.  The variation in use is infinite: inside and outside, furniture, jewellery and decorative objects in all possible forms. 

Mosaic, very much alive again !

Mosaic is still utilized today. Venice is full of fabulous mosaic from churches to coffee bars, but it also has the distinctive tradition of mosaic advertisements for local nightspots and views with vitreous glass promotions. Nevertheless, nowadays we can find contemporary mosaics all over the world, since there’s a renewed interest in the craft and it’s modern-day decorative appeal in the home and garden. Designers and craft workers are also turning increasingly toward mosaic to embellish the domestic, commercial and industrial environment.