Monthly Archives: June 2012

Topps Tiles Regional Award goes to Vicky from Chorlton Mosaic Group

How exciting…our first group exhibition just going up at Victoria Baths and then we get this news…..our whole group has received huge praise and one of our gang, Vicky, is the regional winner!!!



This is Vicky’s winning entry – “Fun Train’. She created it specifically for the hearth in the new baby’s nursery, which she just about managed to complete – along with various other amazing projects – before little Ben arrived on the scene. The Chorlton Mosaic Group is so proud of Vicky and delighted for her. Everybody else is also thrilled with the wonderful feedback received for each of their submitted pieces.

The judge of the regional portfolios, David Tuhill, who has taught at various art colleges including the Royal College of Art praised the group’s submission, writing ”Each of the pieces submitted for this award show great skill and creativity and it is certainly one of the best packs of work I have seen this year; it was really difficult to choose just one winner.”



Chorlton Mosaic Group and BAMM North West are exhibiting work at the Victoria Baths ‘Water Palace’ in Manchester


PRIVATE VIEW: Thursday 28th June 5pm-8pm

 DROP-IN MOSAIC WORKSHOP Sunday 1st July 1pm-4pm



Victoria Baths, a set on Flickr.

The glorious Victoria Baths Water Palace in Chorlton-on-Medlock in Manchester.

Tracey’s Mosaic Bistro Table

I’m really pleased with the table that Martin (Luke Lister Blacksmiths) has made for me to create this mosaic ‘bistro’ garden table. Its been a useful exercise. We worked out the design detailing together and now that I’ve made the top using Cinca frost resistant ceramic tiles, we’ve just agreed final modifications to create the perfect fit.

Here’s the top after the design was completed and fixed to the ply surface. I used a somewhat unconventional method, that was the best solution to making the design over a few sessions when pockets of time were available and also factoring in that it had to be displayed as a ‘work in progress’ at the Chorlton Green Fun Day! I’ve made the design using the tiles right side up to begin with but then I used adhesive vinyl to hold it together when it was semi-complete. I then marked the vinyl with ‘colour by numbers’ references and finished making the mosaic upside down. I think we can call that ‘both ways round indirect method’?!!

the ‘prototype’ table in Martin’s workshop today, when we worked out modifications required

If you’d like to join me to make one of your own, the 2 day workshop course runs over two consecutive Saturdays: June 30th + July 7th and the price for both full days, including the galvanised steel table, the ply top and all the materials, adhesive, grout and use of tools etc. is a very reasonable £246.00, inclusive of VAT. You can even book & pay online:

There are options if you can only make it to one of the days and you’d be happy (supported by my instructions sheet, which is very clear and easy to follow) to complete it at home or if you can make both days but have your own table. For an additional £50 supplement, you can upgrade to a 900mm diameter table but don’t expect to complete this in the 2 Saturdays unless you put in plenty of homework time during the intervening week! (The bistro table is approx. 500mm diam.) Just get in touch with me by phone (0161 860 0387) or e-mail ( as soon as possible and let me know what you’d like to do and I can make sure we have enough tables for everybody.

Have a Loverley Jubilly

photo by Matilda Wigley

Let’s raise some SMILES with broken TILES!!!

Sorry, its that time of the week…realised we had nothing planned festivity-wise for this week-end so we’ve taken a last minute stall at the Chorlton Diamond Jubilee event on the village green this Sunday (3rd) where we’re looking forward to drinking JUBILEE lemonade eating delicious and extra special Jubilee Sweet Tooth cupcakes and generally having a great day out – let’s hope the sun shines as promised.

On our stand, Bod will be showing his Fire Bowls so you can get a better idea of their scale and beauty and if you decide to get one on the day, it will be yours for the special price of £170.00 (they’re currently retailing at £230).  I will be running a mosaic craft activity for all ages – a chance to make a JUBILEE mosaic fridge magnet to take home. We’ll also have a selection of mosaic kits, including the funky new fridge magnet kits, and a display of work in progress with information about forthcoming mosaic workshops in the area.

Maybe see you down there?

Judy’s Mosaic Pot

We’ve really sprung into action this season: lots of lovely schools’ projects celebrating The Olympic Games and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee; lots of interesting workshops exploring a variety of mosaic applications in great venues, such as Hulme Community Garden Centre, Norton Priory Museum & Gardens and Victoria Baths in Manchester AND lots of fabulous mosaic work being produced by our ever-growing Thursday evening mosaic class……….

Judy’s beautiful plant pot, for example.

Last night three other stunning pieces were grouted to completion: Davina’s first project – the turquoise star, Margaret’s amazing fruit bowl with its glittering mirror edging creating the perfect finishing touch and Debbie’s funky panel that I can’t say too much about as its going to be a gift for somebody who might happen to read this, who knows? (I don’t know who you readers all are – but there’s another number that seems to be growing nicely, thank you!!) 

I’ll hopefully get some photos of more recent class work to blog up here very soon…