Monthly Archives: January 2012

School’s Made to Measure Mosaic Kit

You don’t have to make a round mosaic fit into a square hole………………………………..

Garden Angel Gabby Nickson contacted me  last autumn to request a bespoke mosaic kit for Golden Hill School in Lancashire. They wanted to make mosaic paving flags to fit into an existing paved area, which required made to measure templates and specially tailored instructions and diagrams……

Thanks so much for all your support and advice during the making of the mosaics for Golden Hill School in Leyland.  The kit had everything needed and the instructions were well written and easy to follow.  The children really enjoyed laying the pieces out on the templates and I got involved during the tricky bits, which was nail biting at times but great fun!  I will certainly be recommending the kits to other schools I work with!
Thanks again,

Gabby Nickson

Garden Angel Garden Design Consultancy

Its always great to receive photos of completed projects and hear from happy schools!!!

Roman Mosaics Day Workshop for Primary Key Stage 2

This new workshop is a great opportunity for all the class to make their own individual mosaic keepsake using real mosaic tesserae, as part of a fun-filled day exploring ancient Roman mosaics that will bring the topic to life for all your pupils!!

The workshop package includes:

  • Lively slide show presentation – “Classic Roman Mosaics”
  • Handling sample mosaic works of art
  • Every child designs and creates their own mosaic fridge magnet (max 30)
  • Games and Roman Mosaic quiz
  • All mosaics taken away, grouted and returned to school by courier
The price of the package is £350 + vat. For schools outside Greater Manchester, travel expenses will be charged at standard rates.

Mosaic Workshops for Spring/Summer 2012

The summer programme of mosaic workshops and weekend courses is coming together very nicely and I’m really looking forward to working in such fabulous settings with some great organisations and lots of lovely participants…..

We start in May with our fond favourite, “Mosaic Masterpieces” weekend course at the gorgeous Norton Priory Museum & Gardens. This is the same course that we ran last year so if you missed it then, here’s another chance to join us for a week-end that is both relaxing and stimulating and hugely enjoyable.

Mosaic Masterpieces Weekend, July 2011

Also in May, there will be a one day workshop at Hulme Community Garden Centre where you can make your own mosaic stepping stone for the garden.

Mosaic Garden Stepping Stones being cast

There is a series of mosaic stepping stones in the path leading into HCGC that were made a good many years ago. Our stepping stones will be circular and will be made with frost resistant ceramic tiles, just like the ones in my stepping stone kits. We will be using the new straw bail classroom for the day, which I hear is the only one of its kind in Manchester!!

Vicky's Mosaic Pot, 2011

In June we’re back in the straw bail classroom at HCGC again to design and make mosaic plant pots. Its another one day workshop and the places for both of these days will be limited to a maximum of 12 participants. For the “Potty Mosaics”, you will be provided with a large terracotta plant pot and there will be a good choice of mosaic materials to choose from. Your finished pot will be perfect for the garden and should survive the frost for many years to come!!!

There will be another opportunity to take part in the second “Mosaic Masterpieces” at Norton Priory again on the week-end of 23rd/24th June and then back in Chorlton, South Manchester, there will be an opportunity to make a mosaic garden table over two consecutive Saturdays. The “Mosaic Garden Tables” course has been planned for Saturday 30th June & Saturday 8th July but is currently awaiting confirmation. You can either provide your own table – it must be sanded back and ready to work on – or we can provide one for you. (More details coming soon)

Stained Glass Window at Victoria Baths

The final course for this summer will be at prestigious Victoria Baths, where I will be hosting “Inspired by Our Ancestors”. During this week-end mosaic course in July you will get to see the amazing mosaics that are integral to the building and use these images or references from elsewhere in the building to inform your own mosaic wall panel. Its all sooooooo exciting!!

For details and prices for all the above, please click through to the Workshops, Classes and Courses page. If you’d like a chat first, call me on 0161 860 0387 or e-mail me at You can book for most courses and workshops directly via the website.

News for the New Year

We’ve started back with real gusto at our Thursday evening mosaic group, we’re taking 2012 by storm!! With two new recruits joining us, ambitious projects such as tables and hearths being embarked upon and exhibition dates on the horizon, it’s all go!

In March, I will be submitting our class’s entry into the Topps Tiles Award for Achievement in Mosaic 2011/2012. We’ll sort out a date in February to photograph all the work. The regional winners receive £100  prize and the national winner receives a £500 commission from Topps Tiles (this is either the piece submitted or a specially produced duplicate)

Hopefully this year we will take part in the Chorlton Arts Festival in May and then in April we’ll be visiting  Victoria Baths to take inspiration for an exhibition of our mosaic work there in June.  The historic baths, which many of you would have seen winning BBC 2’s Restoration programme back in 2003, is home to some beautiful architecture that includes magnificent stained glass windows and marble floor mosaics. You can see some of these in my photos in an earlier post.

This year I have taken up the joint role of BAMM Regional Co-ordinator for the North West with Patricia Lee, who is based in Holmes Chapel, Cheshire. The two of us will be working together to provide a programme of mosaic related events and activities throughout the year and encouraging all students and mosaic enthusiasts to sign up for membership. Details of all these activities will be posted up on the blog right here.

Finally, you might be interested to see the the line up of workshops that I’ve planned for 2012. This time, we’re venturing into new territory at venues such as Hulme Community Garden Centre and Victoria Baths as well as our old favourite Norton Priory Museum & Gardens. Check out the dates on the workshops page.