CMS Student Rona Pietrzak tells us about her Design Fundamentals Workshop with Sue Giannotti

March 10, 2018

How/when did you originally find CMS, and what keeps bringing you back?

I learned about CMS many years ago, when I was still living in Philadelphia. My then-teacher, Carol Stirton-Broad, told us that CMS taught the authentic Ravenna-method; and because I had taken Luciana Noturi’s class in Ravenna, I was quite interested. Since then, I have moved back to Chicago, and I continue to go to CMS because it is a high-quality institution!

 

How has this visiting artist workshop you’ve taken informed your practice?

Oh my! Sue is the best. I first took a three-hour design class with her at SAMA and was blown away with how much I learned in that short time. When I had the chance to take her three-day class at CMS, I jumped at it. I loved her sense of organization, her high-level skill, and her amazing warmth, but I was highly skeptical of her insistence on planning one’s mosaic down to the placement and size of tessarae — because my style tends to me be much more intuitive. However, in that three-day class, she let me convince myself of the value of planning: I discovered that better planning helped me avoid many of the end-of-mosaic problems I have had in almost all my previous work.

 

What do you look forward to in your future learnings at CMS?

I am eager to take Sue’s upcoming class, would love to take Dugald MacInnes’ slate class, and want to increase my cutting skills.

 

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