Monthly Archives: November 2013

Christmas Gift Idea: Roman Mosaics Masterclass March 2014!!!

Last February, we had the great pleasure of welcoming Lawrence Payne to Manchester to host a wonderful one day workshop teaching the art and the science (well, the theory to be more specific) behind Roman Mosaics.

Roman Mosaics Workshop with Lawrence Payne

Roman Mosaics Workshop with Lawrence Payne

I’m delighted to announce that he will be making a return guest appearance and has agreed to host a workshop for us again in Chorlton – at our usual evening class venue, Chorlton Central – next March.

This workshop will be suitable for complete beginners and for returning students looking to improve to the next level.

I have made the booking available today so that you have the opportunity to give the nudge to somebody who’s trying to find the ideal gift for you this Christmas!!!


Manchester Mosaic Winners

Tracey Cartledge Artist

We did it AGAIN!!!!

For the second year running, my mosaic evening class in Chorlton, Manchester has produced the North West regional finalist for the Topps Tiles Award for Achievement in Mosaic. Our winner this year is Sheenaanne with her ambitious outdoor mosaic dining table, entitled “Fortunate Dining”.

Fortunate, indeed. Sheenaanne receives a certificate of achievement and a prize of £100 voucher to spend on mosaic supplies at Topps Tiles. As her teacher, I receive a voucher for £300 to spend on materials for the class, which will boost our resources again!!

Judge David Tuhill (RCA), selected this entry reporting “The blue water shimmers, the border with the many luminous circles echoes the white fishes which are so very artistically rendered…..a tremendously skilful piece of work merits you the first prize Sheenaanne”

Other entries in the class portfolio included Sheenaanne’s “Peaceful Chui”, Christine Hyde’s abstract “Glacial Fragmentation”, Susie Wakefield’s colourful “Tutti…

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Centenary Mosaic, Longford Park 1912 – 2012

Tracey Cartledge Artist

Installing the first mosaic at Longford Park
Precision Installation Work with Horticon Ltd Landscape Contractors

I worked with two great chaps from Horticon landscape contractors to install the mosaic and so far it’s looking as good as the day we put it in. As the sections are all precast, it could, if necessary, be moved and repositioned in the future without any damage to the intricate mosaic work.

The glazed porcelain Cinca tile pieces are durable, frost resistant and 7.5mm thick. They are set into Conbextra GP high strength, low shrinkage pourable cement grout, backed up with standard mix concrete to a total depth of 75mm. It is built to endure the British weather and should survive well into the future!!

 The Old BandstandThe Old Bandstand. Photo by Vincent Abbey

So now we can look forward to repeating the whole process next year when I make the follow-up mosaic feature depicting park life in 2012!!

The People's Park 1912, photo by Vincent Abbey
The People’s Park, Centenary…

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BAMM North West Exhibition 2013

For those of you who wanted to see our autumn exhibition “A Night on the Tiles” but were unable to get there, I’m bringing some of the highlights to you!!

In no particular order (as they say), here is a small selection of some of this year’s exhibits. I’ll add a few more when I can get hold of the photos. Unfortunately, our photographers struggled with the ‘nightclub’ lighting at the venue.

A Scream, Not a Whimper by Patricia LeeA Scream, Not a Whimper by Patricia Lee
"Fall, Fray, Fracture" triptych by Tracey Cartledge

“Fall, Fray, Fracture”
triptych by Tracey Cartledge

FALL, On the Tiles by Tracey Cartledge (triptych)

FALL, (detail) On the Tiles by Tracey Cartledge (triptych)
Sweeties Please by Deb Pitman

Sweeties Please by Deb Pitman


Living Layers by Julie Vernon