Today, our friends Stephanie, Laurel and Darin arrived to begin creating this masterpiece. Most of the tesserae (the term for traditional mosaic pieces; that is what I will call these mosaic pieces even though many are far from traditional) were collected by Stephanie and her husband Mike over the years.
We discussed our strategy and started by laying out designs on big tables.
An arch of black tiles and traditional glass tesserae called "smaltis" will border the opening of the oven. A smattering of the smaltis have real gold leaf - nothing but the finest for this oven!
More photos coming as this project progresses.