Stand back to admire

Work continues on the mosaic floor in the Roman building, with added details inside the guilloche border based on the mosaic from Bratton Seymour (now also recreated in the dining room of the Roman villa at the Newt in Somerset). Experimenting using semi-circular wooden formers (middle detail) or just doing it freehand with a pair of calipers to scribe a curve in the wet lime mortar when laying the tesserae (corner detail pictured before final mortar wash added). Remember – mosaics must always be admired from a distance (and criticised close up).