ancient roman mosaic

Stone Art – From Ancient to Modern

Stone and mosaic art works have been made from stone for thousands of years, most people would have seen pictures of ancient Roman mosaics such as the one in the above picture. Each tiny piece cut by hand as one pixel to make up a larger picture.

Ancient Techniques

While computer controlled technology has allowed for the production of extremely accurate cuts to produce beautiful stone ‘medallions’ with no gaps, some mosaics are still made by hand today by skilled artisans over many many hours. Check out the slideshow below for an example of a hand cut and assembled stone mosaic of Napoleon made recently.

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This video below is a fascinating look at how mosaics are still made today from start to finish in some parts of the world.

Modern Techniques

Modern methods for creating ‘marble medallions‘¬†out of stone use computer controlled waterjets to cut marble into complex designs and curves which can be slotted together like a perfect jigsaw puzzle. Check out the video below to see an example of what is achievable today.

We at Classic Ceramics have own range of stone art tiles called Petra Antiqua. Petra Antiqua in Italy produce a massive range of cut and engraved stone tiles, many of which are embedded with gold or silver glazes. Actually, their range is so extensive that we’d have to have a showroom with their tiles alone if we were to display all of their range. While we can’t stock all their range, we can order in any design if you have time up your sleeve.

Check out the picture below to see an example of what we have on display, for more like it, visit Classic Ceramics in Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane.

Petra Antiqua Engraved Stone Tiles