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About me

Beginning in 2002 I started Roman Mosaic Workshops as a central resource for creative people, archaeologists, teachers and historians and anyone else wanting to learn more about Roman mosaics. Not just information but also the techniques and knowledge needed to be able to make accurate copies of ancient Roman floor mosaics. 


My name is Lawrence Payne and I run Roman Mosaic Workshops. After many years as a nurse, mostly working in intensive care I rekindled an interest in the world of classical Greece and Rome. One evending I was watching a program on the mosaics found at Zeugma in Turkey. In one shot they had the mosaics being washed over with water which suddenly brought them back to life, seeing that I knew what I wanted to do, to learn how they created these works. 

In 2002 I then went to Ravenna to take the first of three one week courses in making copies of Roman mosaics. It was there under the head of the school, Luciana Notturni, one of the few Masters in the world allowed to restore ancient mosaic masterpieces, that I was taught the 'Rules' seen in ancient mosaics. These are essential to know to make a copy of an ancient mosaic and are what makes them 'Roman'.


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Bishop Optimus, 6th century CE tombstone mosaic. This is a copy of the original that I was commissioned to make by the Archbishop of Tarragona for a new Biblical museum in Spain