The NEW Mosaic Fridge Magnet Kits – crafty little stocking fillers!!

Now available in their newly created packaging, a cute collection of mini mosaic kits that you will love and here’s a quick peep at the first four designs that are now available on my website:

Blue Box Mosac Fridge Magnet Kit

Blue Box

We Love Pink Mosaic Fridge Magnet Kit

We Love Pink

Mums Love Green Mosaic Fride Magnet Kit

Mums Love Green

Little Star

Little Star

As soon as I have some photos, I’ll show you the new packages. They’re adorable!

They will be available from Hobby Island Mosaics from next week and you can also purchase them from The Make It Shop in Chorlton if you live in or are visiting Manchester.

Stepping Up

Yarlside Nursery and Primary School Mosaic Stepping Stones Project

Yarlside Nursery and Primary School
Mosaic Stepping Stones Project

Yarlside Nursery and Primary School in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria invested in one of our school project packs for the autumn term 2013. They wanted to create a colourful set of stepping stones for their new wildlife area, so they chose the ‘Mosaic Stepping Stone Pack for 30‘.

Mosaic Stepping Stone Pack for 30

Mosaic Stepping Stone Pack for 30

A year on, they still had enough materials left in their pack to run a second project and make another set of brilliant stepping stones. They sent me these photos of their talented pupils with the fabulous work that they made this time. There must be quite a lot of expertise at Yarlside Primary School by now. I wonder what projects they’ll tackle next?

Yarlside Nursery and Primary School Mosaic Stepping Stones Project

Yarlside Nursery and Primary School
Mosaic Stepping Stones Project

“With every additional step you enhance immensely the value of your first”

(Ralph Waldo Emerson)

Workshops, Classes and Courses

Workshops, Classes and Courses.

Check out our new workshops for November 2014 in the studio!

1. Fused Glass with Caroline Channing – Saturday 22nd November – SOLD OUT!!!

2. Festive Mosaics with me (Tracey Cartledge) – Saturday 29th November – BOOK YOUR PLACE NOW!!

Apricot Tree by Mary Pye photo Tom Spawton

Apricot Tree by Mary Pye
photo Tom Spawton

Tutti Frutti by Susie Wakefield, photo Tom Spawton

Tutti Frutti by Susie Wakefield, photo Tom Spawton

There will be a variety of interesting bases that you can choose from on the day, e.g..

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Rectangular Mirror Frame 50cm x 40cm

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Bamboo Dish 32cm diameter

and some baubles to embellish for your Christmas Tree!!

Hearing Voices – sculpture for Weaver Hall Museum

In 2014, I was commissioned by the Weaver Hall Museum to design and make a sculpture to be installed in front of their building on the busy London Road. The aim of this commission was to draw public attention to the museum and at the same time represent its history and the museum’s collection.

The museum itself is a former workhouse. It shaped the lives of those who came to live and work here and it is their voices that the museum aims to make heard by today’s audience.


the old workhouse lock and key

Workhouse Bed

Iron beds in the Northwich Workhouse on London Rd were similar to these

So, where to start?

The brief required a work of art with ‘impact’ and ‘kerb appeal’.

Early ideas started to take shape in the form of sketches, small card macquettes and photomontages to consider scale, position, potential forms, colour in relation to the context, etc.

Weaver Hall early ideas

slender forms


Folded forms
I was working on shapes whilst thinking about pages of history; the mothers and fathers turning into tired old people and their unfortunate children who lived and worked here – their personal identities and family relationships lost to the workhouse system. Blank canvases, ghosts, bones, haunting voices calling out to have their story heard…..

Weaver Hall model 1IMG_1715


model 2, Weaver Hall Museum

Eventually, following consultation with the client and interested friends of the museum, we settled on this idea. Two ‘figures’, one cold and hardened, the other softer, revealing inner layers.

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Next, experimentation for the mosaic surfacing….


136_0660Then, scaling up and making templates for the mild steel figure in the sculpture – for which I was grateful to receive expert help from Rob at Nuttall Packaging in Trafford Park.


I checked it out on site to see how the scale worked:


and then it was time to get busy making the other figure in the studio:

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I built up several layers of glass reinforced cement onto the armature, having first fixed a layer of ‘expa-met’ – expanded metal mesh inside the grid mesh that was welded to the frame. Finally, I worked ‘ancient graffiti’ images into the neat top layer, directly copied from the contributions provided by museum visitors.

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 Here are some of the drawings contributed that you can pick out on in the finished work:


The ‘Northwich Voices’ sculpture was installed on a gloriously sunny 4th September 2014.








This year when the Chartres Biennial International Festival of Contemporary Mosaic takes place there will be a special exhibition from the British Association of Modern Mosaic (BAMM).

Mosaic on slate  by Tracey Cartledge

Mosaic on slate
by Tracey Cartledge

I’m thrilled that my piece ‘Fall’, pictured above, has been selected for inclusion, together with mosaics by Barbara Law, Kate Rattray, Line Mortensen, Patricia Lee, Nathalie Vin, Joanna Kessel, Giulia Vogrig, Norma Vondee and Helen Knock. I’m really looking forward to the Rencontres Internationales…

Read more about La Maison Picassiette here.

MakeMosaic Birthday or Hen Parties

People did ask me years ago, it’s true. For one reason or another, I didn’t do it then. However, when recently asked if I could run a mosaic birthday party quite close to home in Didsbury, I agreed…

Mosaic Birthday Party

Mosaic Birthday Party

Birthday Party Mosaics

Birthday Party Mosaics

…and I was quite delighted with the results. I’m happy to report that the birthday girl, her friends and family were all thrilled too. Hopefully these pictures will say more about it than my words can!

If you like the idea and fancy arranging a mosaic party for your special occasion, please get in touch. For the basic information on price and what’s involved, check out my website:



Don’t Fence Me In!

Tracey behind bars! photo by Vincent Abbey Photography

Tracey behind bars!
photo by Vincent Abbey Photography

New rails for the ramp access to a private property in Manchester……


Photo by Vincent Abbey Photography

The owners needed wheelchair access to both the front door and to, from and around a raised patio at the rear of the house.

Photo by Vincent Abbey Photography

ramp to raised patio at the rear
Photo by Vincent Abbey Photography

It was a great pleasure to work with the clients and design the decorative steelwork to suit their taste as well as their needs.

Photo by Vincent Abbey Photography

The rails were all expertly fabricated and fitted by Luke Lister Blacksmiths of Stockport, Manchester.

detail Photo by Vincent Abbey Photography

Photo by Vincent Abbey Photography