MOSAIC WORKSHOPS AND COURSES

On my return to the UK in 2003 I decided to combine both my years of working with traditional mosaic and stained glass to create bright and colourful pieces which could withstand our changeable climate.  I experimented with glues and grouts, which I still do to this day, to find the perfect solution and so developed this unique technique of stained glass on mirror for the garden.  I was the first to begin producing these colourful garden mirror mosaics so have always continued with my experiments to find better materials, learn more and gain more knowledge to improve the end results. In 2008 a customer asked if I would teach her this style but it took some serious nagging on her part before I felt qualified enough to charge others for my skills.  I began in 2009 and since then I have run regular monthly workshops and courses both here and in the USA.  Students travel form all over the World and the United Kingdom with many becoming regular visitors.  

This year I am adding a Multi 5 day Course which covers more techniques and of course Flower Cutting days.

 I am aware of others selling this same course but those are my past students who, while they may be very skilled in their original field, only have 2 days experience with this technique.

Studio Address:

    Oakfields, Jackmoor, Exeter EX5 5HY

Gift Vouchers are available for all courses and items from the shop.  If buying a voucher for a gift, you do not have to book a date at the time of purchase.

 

Workshop dates for 2022.

Please see details about the workshops below

March 12. /13 - Stained Glass Garden Mosaic.

April 9 - Flower Cutting.

May 7/8 - Stained Glass Garden Mosaic. 

May 16-20 - Multi Course. 

June 25/26 - Stained Glass Garden Mosaic. 

July 16/17 - Stained Glass Garden Mosaic. 

Aug 10 - Flower Cutting. 

Aug 15-19 - Multi Course.

Sept 17/18 - Stained Glass Garden Mosaic. 

Oct 8/9 - Stained Glass Garden Mosaic.

 

Stained Glass Mosaic - 1 day £100/ 2 days £170 

This course is for stained glass mosaic on a mirror base and designed for garden display throughout the year.  The aim of the course is to teach you the techniques and throughout the workshop build your confidence and knowledge to complete a stunning mosaic for you to take home.  Choose between 1 or 2 days.  On both days you will have time to make a good sized mosaic but over 2 more time to perfect your skill and to make a bigger mosaic. 

 

 

Flower cutting - 1 day - £70

Learning to cut and shape different flowers which will then be fixed to sticky back plastic.  

We will try to cut as many different flowers that we can  fit into the day.  These will then be fixed to a self adhesive film for you to use at a later date on your own projects.

   

5 day Multi Course - £450

This is more suited to the intermediate mosaicist.  

We will prepare and begin 3 projects:

Gazing Ball,

Shoe,

Indirect/Mesh Mosaic.

There won’t be enough time to complete all the projects but this will get you started and give all the help and information for you to finish at home. 

Day 1 - Preparing a Shoe for Mosaic 

We will begin the week with getting the shoe ready for the mosaic covering, it will need time to dry.  I will provide the shoe but please feel free to bring your own or you prefer.  This process is about changing a flexible base into a rigid one to make it suitable for covering and the mosaic technique is more traditional so can be used to work on slate, walls, floors etc.

While the shoe is drying we will start the second project… 

    

Day 2 - Gazing Ball

I will show you how to prepare a polystyrene ball for  mosaic. We will cover how to insert an anchor for floating on water and/or weight it for border display. Then begin the mosaic.  

Covering a curved surface with flat material means the pieces have to be cut small to make sure the waterproof bond is achieved.                                                                              

Day 3 - Indirect Method/ Mesh Work.

These 2 styles allow you to create in your studio then install in another location.  It is particularly useful when your location is far away or outside.  Perfect for walls and table tops. You can also make a small piece on mesh if you want to send a gift overseas, keeps the postage cost  down.  

   

The last 2 days we will spend working on your projects, so that when you take them home you have all the information you need to complete them.  

All materials and tools are included in the price along with the bases:

Polystyrene Ball, Shoe, Mesh/Brown Paper.

      

Creating this garden sofa included Traditional, Indirect Method and Mesh techniques.

Any questions please contact me by any of the methods below or thorough this shop.

 

E: suesmithglass@icloud.com  

 

or call 07759988236.

 

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