Category Archives: mosaic artists


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.

A Bit More Nip, Stick and Grout……BAMM, BAMM!!!


By popular demand (well at the invitation of Victoria Baths, to be more honest), our exhibition ‘Nip, Stick and Grout’ will now stay up for the rest of the summer, ending 31st August 2012.

detail from Red Cozzie by Annie Nicholl

photo by Matilda Wigley


Red Pot II by Lindsey Beveridge

photo by Matilda Wigley

Work by the Chorlton Mosaic Group and BAMM North West is on display at Manchester’s Victoria Baths. The show was opened to the public on Sunday July 1st at the Indoor Beach Open Day, when visitors were also invited to take part in a drop-in mosaic workshop, amongst other activities. 

PRIVATE VIEW NIGHT, photo by Deborah Pitman

The Chorlton Mosaic Group meets every Thursday evening to spend an hour and a half together working on a variety of mosaic projects at Chorlton Central Community Centre at the corner of Sandy Lane and Barlow moor Road in Chorlton-cum-Hardy. Since January 2011, when I started the evening class, the numbers attending and standard of work being produced have steadily increased. This is the first group exhibition and since I have recently become one of the joint co-ordinators of BAMM North West, Patricia and I decided it would be fabulous to invite professional mosaic artists from the region to show their work alongside the Chorlton group’s exhibits.

Blue Yonder by Patricia Lee

photo by Matilda Wigley

The British Association of Modern Mosaic (BAMM) was founded in 1999 and exists to promote, encourage and support excellence in contemporary mosaic art and to raise public awareness of modern mosaic art through exhibitions, publications, events and related educational activities. BAMM is an energetic and enthusiastic membership organisation open to all those interested in contemporary mosaic art, whether you are an artist, a collector, student or enthusiast.

God is a Manc by Amanda McCrann

photo by Matilda Wigley

Stained Glass Triptych by Debbie Jones

photo by Matilda Wigley

BAMM also works with Topps Tiles to assist with two competitions each year – MegaMosaicMakers, which celebrates and encourages mosaic projects in primary schools and the Achievement in Mosaic Award, which rewards achievement by adult students attending mosaic classes and courses throughout the UK. This year, a member of the Chorlton Mosaic Group, Vicky Crosby, is the winner of the award for the North West region and her winning entry ‘Fun Train’ goes through to the national final. (You can see an image of Fun Train in my last post). 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.”

We’re all off to Topps Tiles in Sale tomorrow at 11.30am to watch Vicky receive her certificate of achievement and £100 voucher to spend in Topps Tiles to encourage her future mosaic work. For the rest of the class, we will receive £300 to spend on supplies for next term…….ONWARDS AND UPWARDS!!!!

Nip, Stick & Grout is at Victoria Baths, Hathersage Road, Manchester M13 0FE. Opening times are limited, so please check their website for details.

 


How to Make a Mosaic Flower Pot


Here is my step-by-step guide to show you how I created this cheerful, summery mosaic flower pot for the garden. You can also buy a kit to help you to make your own!!

You will need:

 MATERIALS

  • Plain 29cm terracotta flower pot – B & Q (price £4.50)
  • LTP Mattstone Impregnating Sealer – Al Murad Tile Shops or similar
  • Acrylic paint (Daler Rowney, hooker’s green) – local art & craft suppliers/art shop/or online:   http://www.artdiscount.co.uk/ £2.65/120ml tube
  • Cementitious tile adhesive (outdoor quality) – Topps Tiles or Tiles UK, eg. BAL Rapidset Grey 5kg, £10.49
  • Grout (outdoor quality, wide joint, grey) – Topps Tiles or Tiles UK, eg. BAL Wide Joint Grout Grey, 3.5kg £10.49

  TOOLS

  • China marker
  • Tile nippers
  • Safety specs
  • Grout squeegee 

All the above items available from Tracey Cartledge website: http://www.traceycartledge.co.uk/products?tags=accessories 

  • Marker pen and pencil
  • Hammer/foam sheet
  • Straight line tile cutter
  • Paint brush
  • Spatula/glue spreader
  • Tubs to mix in
  • Cloths
1.

Seal the pot

Seal the pot both inside and out with impregnating sealer, as per manufacturer’s instructions.

2.
Paint the inside and outer lip of the pot with green acrylic paint. Choose a shade lighter than the result you’d like because it darkens as it dries.

3. 
Once the paint is dry, mark the positions for your daisies on the pot in pencil. Try to get them equally spaced on directly opposite sides of the pot. When you are happy with the position, confirm your lines with marker pen.

4. 
Break up white tiles with a hammer to produce random shapes, big enough for the petals. Do the same with the yellow for the daisy centres. Wear safety specs for this task and cover the tile with a piece of foam sheet or thich fabric to prevent shards from flying around.

5. 
Use the tile cutter to cut narrow strips of light green for the blades of grass and dark green for the flower stem. Make four slightly wider strips of dark green to use for the two halves of the leaf shapes.

6. 
Draw guide lines onto your tile pieces with the china marker and then use the tile nippers, gradually working nip by nip around the outline, to refine the shapes for 2 daisy centres, 16 white petals, 4 leaves, little squares for the stems and plenty of grass blades (mine needed 35!!).

7. 
Assemble all the daisy pieces ready to apply onto the first side of the pot. Mix up a small amount of tile adhesive in a tub or paper cup and, wearing gloves, start to fix the pieces into place. Butter the adhesive onto the reverse of the daisy centre to start with, using an old knife or spatula, to a thickness of approximately 2mm. Press each piece firmly into place. Allow to set. Gently clean off the excess adhesive with a damp cloth. 

8. 
Repeat this procedure for the second daisy and then for the grass blades and background blue sky. For my pot, I added some recycled crockery, glass beads and glass mosaic squares for extra texture and interest. Leave to fully set – preferably overnight.

9. 
Now its time to grout! I have chosen grey as I feel it sits back quietly and does not compete with the colours in this design. Once you have mixed the grout, plop it onto the mosaic surface. Then use a squeegee to spread it across with a downwards motion, encouraging it to fill all the gaps. Work your way all around the pot. 

10. 
Remove excess grout first with the squeegee and then with a damp cloth. Take care to uncover any pieces that sit lower than their neighbours if, like me, you have used tile pieces of varying thickness. Leave to set for about 15 minutes. Finally, use a dry cloth to buff up your mosaic work. Remove any grout from the painted rim with a damp cloth and if necessary, touch up with the green acrylic paint. 

RESULT:

One Gorgeous Mosaic Flower Pot!!

ANY QUESTIONS??

Look what other people are making and selling in mosaic!!


Just spotted these two pieces on Etsy and thought you might be interested:

Poseidon's Bottle Mosaic

The first one is from Waschbear Designs. You can see more of their lovely mosaic products in their EtsyShop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/waschbear?ref=af_you_favshop

Green and Bronze Mosaic Stained Glass Switch Plate Cover
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The second (above) is an over sized mosaic switch plate cover created with a beautiful vivid green stained glass and a bronze colored Van Gogh stained glass in the center. It is accented with millefiori glass beads, charcoal coloured grout and comes with 2 matching mounting screws. By Susan Walters http://www.etsy.com/people/sooz1?ref=ls_profile

MOSAIC WEEKEND COURSES 2011


Great news!!

We’ve arranged with the lovely staff at Norton Priory to host a series of mosaic week-end courses this spring/summer……

Join us for an inspired week-end of creativity. The two day course includes full access to the idyllic 40 acre site, with its 12th century Priory, museum and Georgian Walled Garden, sure to give you lots of inspiration from which to create your mosaic design.

Friend and colleague, artist Karen Allerton and I will be co-hosting the week-ends and aim to keep the groups to a cosy number to ensure a relaxed atmosphere and enough help and attention for all.

We will be on hand for guidance and advice throughout the week-end’s activity, which starts with drawing/painting/photography in the grounds. There will be an exciting selection of materials provided in the education room studio to choose from allowing you to create a mosaic masterpiece that can take pride of place in your home or garden.

The course is suitable for absolute beginners and all other levels.

Course Dates:

  • April – Sat 16th & Sun 17th 10-4pm (both days)
  • May – Sat 21st & Sun 22nd 10-4pm (both days)
  • June – Sat 18th & Sun 19th 10-4pm (both days)
  • July – Sat 16th & Sun 17th 10-4pm (both days)

Venue:

Norton Priory Museum & Gardens, Tudor Road, Manor Park, Runcorn, Cheshire WA7 1SX

http://www.nortonpriory.org/

Full Week-end Course: £150.00

Book your place online: http://www.traceycartledge.co.uk/products?tags=Week-end+Courses If you need further details or have any questions about the courses, please contact me by telephone: 0161 860 0387 or by e-mail: info@traceycartledge.co.uk

 

 

Chorlton Mosaic Evening Class – Details


Mosaic Classes with Tracey Cartledge in Manchester
Ceramic mosaic in progress
This is a relaxed group meeting to encourage and inspire each other, supported by the guidance of local artist Tracey Cartledge. Participants will work at their own pace, picking up where they left off each session they attend. Project One is making a fairly simple mosaic design with broken ceramic pieces glued onto board and  then grouted. It will be suitable for hanging on an indoor wall. Follow-on projects can be arranged on an individual basis – if there is a project that you especially want to achieve –  or you can carry on to do the next set project provided. A hand-out with the method used, suppliers details and other useful information is provided to support each project in the course.

HOPE TO SEE YOU SOON!!

Week-end Mosaic Courses at Norton Priory Museum & Gardens


Great news!!

We’ve arranged with the lovely staff at Norton Priory to host a series of mosaic week-end courses this spring/summer……

Join us for an inspired week-end of creativity. The two day course includes full access to the idyllic 40 acre site, with its 12th century Priory, museum and Georgian Walled Garden, sure to give you lots of inspiration from which to create your mosaic design.

Friend and colleague, artist Karen Allerton and I will be co-hosting the week-ends and aim to keep the groups to a cosy number to ensure a relaxed atmosphere and enough help and attention for all.

We will be on hand for guidance and advice throughout the week-end’s activity, which starts with drawing/painting/photography in the grounds. There will be an exciting selection of materials provided in the education room studio to choose from allowing you to create a mosaic masterpiece that can take pride of place in your home or garden.

The course is suitable for absolute beginners and all other levels.

Course Dates:

  • April – Sat 16th & Sun 17th 10-4pm (both days)
  • May – Sat 21st & Sun 22nd 10-4pm (both days)
  • June – Sat 18th & Sun 19th 10-4pm (both days)
  • July – Sat 16th & Sun 17th 10-4pm (both days)

Venue:

Norton Priory Museum & Gardens, Tudor Road, Manor Park, Runcorn, Cheshire WA7 1SX

http://www.nortonpriory.org/

Full Week-end Course: £150.00

Book your place online: http://www.traceycartledge.co.uk/products?tags=Week-end+Courses If you need further details or have any questions about the courses, please contact me by telephone: 0161 860 0387 or by e-mail: info@traceycartledge.co.uk

Norton Priory Museum Mosaic


It was a delight to work with local school children in the picturesque setting of Norton Priory’s acclaimed Walled Garden last month. There were two parts to the project: learning how to build with earth and learning how to create mosaic. The children split into teams working with Annabel from Earthed World building the cob bench and with me to create the mosaic sections. We swapped around after lunch so that each child was involved in both processes.

The bench is now finished and we have installed one half of the mosaic feature. Later this month, the other half of the mosaic will be added to complete the project.

Whole School Pulls Together to Create Green Day Mosaic


March mosaic madness abounds as children from Chorlton C E Primary get busy creating a new work of art for their playground wall………here are a few images charting their progress so far

more coming soon…………………………..

Courtyard Mosaics for Stockport College


The group at Stockport College have worked extremely diligently in our absence. When we returned on Thursday, there was only a small area to complete before we were able to grout the three panels. Next, they will be secured to the courtyard walls and then we will cover the fixing points with mosaic for the finishing touch. Here’s a sneak preview of one of the panels.

One of the three mosaic panels for the renovated courtyard