I am still on cloud nine after spending a week in Berkeley, CA at the Institute of Mosaic Art. I took Laurel True's "Mosaic Mural Making Intensive." Laurel True is a tremendously gifted artist educator with 25 years experience in creating and crafting mosaics. Having the opportunity to learn about her creative approach, techniques and 'best practices' was incredible. The class included students from beginners to seasoned professionals. Laurel taught us how to precisely cut the high fire ceramic tiles, stained glass, gems and mirror used in her mosaic mural design; as we students grew into a proficient production team. Laurel True's techniques are extremely challenging! And daily, there was so much information that my brain hurt! Still, for me, the experience of working on an important mosaic mural with an intricate design that needed to be completed in real-time was awesome. As students, we experienced working with the same sense of urgency and professionalism that would be essential to the creation, execution and installation of a mosaic mural commission of our own. Laurel True is a phenomenal teacher with a generous and open spirit. I am so happy to have had the opportunity to study with her. I look forward to taking another course with Laurel; my craft will be better for it.