When art meets the skilled trades

When Geoff Higginson talks about the trowel trades, his eyes light up.

“The beautiful tile mosaics, stone and brick work you see in Greece are millennia old,” beams Higginson, an instructor at the Trowel Trades Training Association in Surrey. In fact, mosaics are one of the earliest forms of art that still exist today.

President of the Bricklayers Local 2, Higginson started out his working life with a bachelor of arts degree and a job in the recreation field.[…]