Monthly Archives: April 2012

Chorlton Mosaic Class – Recent Work

'Crocuses' by Jane

An earlier post showed some of the exciting work produced by the Thursday evening mosaic class in Chorlton that we photographed for the Topps Tiles annual Achievement in Mosaic Award. It was only the tip of the iceberg, though. Here are a few more images of the group’s wonderful work for your viewing delight!!

Mosaic Fire Guard by Debbie. Inspired by wrought ironwork at Victoria Baths, Manchester.

'Gift' by Helen

Mandala by Sarah

'A Slice of Pizza' by Maggie

'Lemons' by Maureen

'Picasso's Dove' by Mark

'Direction Found' by Sarah

Sign up for Spring Mosaic Workshops in Manchester and Cheshire

The Workshop programme will soon be starting so now is the time to choose and get your name on the list for one of the exciting days ahead:

  • May 19th/20th MOSAIC MASTERPIECES at Norton Priory
  • May 26th MOSAIC GARDEN STEPPING STONES at Hulme Community Garden Centre
  • June 9th POTTY MOSAICS FOR PLANTS at Hulme Community Garden Centre
  • June 23rd/24th MOSAIC MASTERPIECES at Norton Priory
  • June/July MOSAIC TABLES at Chorlton Central Church
  • July 14th/15th INSPIRED BY OUR ANCESTORS at Victoria Baths


You’ll get to make a mosaic stepping stone for your garden similar to this one:

Dragonfly Mosaic Stepping Stone being cast in the plastic mould


MOSAIC MASTERPIECES, May 19th/20th & June 23rd/24th

You’ll get to make an outdoor mosaic wall panel similar to this one:

outdoor mosaic panel



You’ll get to make a mosaic plant pot, possibly like this one:

Mosaic Flower pot featuring daisy motif



School Mosaic Projects, Spring 2012

February Half Term saw the installation of our project “Story Telling Stepping Stones” along the nursery path adjacent to playground 2 and the playing fields at Chorlton Church of England Primary School.

Laying the "surround", photo by Matilda Wigley

The whole school was involved in the project, helping to devise ideas during the “Novel Ideas” workshop, as part of the literacy themed Super Learning Day. We wanted to make a game in the path that could be used to create stories with so children from all year groups dreamed up a series of characters, locations and significant objects and produced images of them in collage mosaic.

Tortoise Stepping Stone

Later, during workshops with Year 3 who had been learning about the ancient mosaics of The Romans, 15 images were settled on to be depicted in permanent mosaic for the path. The class worked in pairs to produce the images using Cinca frost resistant ceramic tile pieces on templates. With help from small team of dedicated parent volunteers, the class enjoyed brandishing trowels and setting their mosaic designs into concrete stepping stones. They worked very carefully, paying close attention to the demonstrations and instructions given and picking up some great skills in the process.

Setting in the pebbles

The stepping stones were left in the school basement to fully cure until a date for installation was arranged in the half term holiday. Don’t they look fantastic? The Year 3 class is very proud of their colourful contribution to the school’s lively and varied outdoor environment and are happy in the knowledge that this will be a lasting legacy of their time at Chorlton C E Primary.



The finished Mosaic Panel on the Wall at the Front of the School

More recently, I have been working with children at Brookacre Community Primary School in Warrington to produce a mosaic mural for the outside of the school building. Here, too, Year 3 took the lead – they designed the 2 metre high x 1.5 metre wide panel with me and then the rest of the school came out to in groups to work on the mosaic. The weather was so good, we did the whole job outdoors – in March!!