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Roman Mosaic Masterclass with Lawrence Payne, £85

Fish out of Water

Fish out of Water

Saturday 1st March 10.00am – 4.00pm

Chorlton Central Church, Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester

“Roman Mosaics” masterclass with LAWRENCE PAYNE at Chorlton Central Community Centre, Chorlton, Manchester.

This workshop will cover both figural and geometric mosaics including the principles used in both forms. All the work will be done using pre cut marble and other hard stones from which you will cut shapes with nippers. (All tools provided)

Taken from and example seen in Ravenna, Italy. You can also see this pattern in The Church of The Nativity, Bethlehem.

Taken from and example seen in Ravenna, Italy. You can also see this pattern in The Church of The Nativity, Bethlehem.

The price includes all materials plus a laminated crib card of The Rules and refreshments.

Suitable for complete beginners, intermediates and those with more experience looking for expert guidance in developing their technique to a higher level. Understand the principles of how ancient Roman mosaics were designed and created, get familiar with the ‘Roman Rules’ and have a go yourself in this informative and practical session under Lawrence’s supervision.

You will learn how to speed up and maintain momentum in your approach to mosaic, at whatever level you are currently working. There’s always a lively and friendly atmosphere at these workshops too.


Manchester Mosaic Winners

We did it AGAIN!!!!

Sheenaanne receiving her certificate at Topps Tiles Salford

Sheenaanne receiving her certificate at Topps Tiles Salford

Topps Tile Mosaic Competition Winners

Tracey (me!) receiving the £300 voucher to spend on materials for the Chorlton Mosaic Group

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 Dining by Sheenaanne Law

Fortunate Dining by Sheenaanne Law

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”

Peaceful Chui by Sheenaanne Law

Peaceful Chui by Sheenaanne Law

Other entries in the class portfolio included Sheenaanne’s “Peaceful Chui”, Christine Hyde’s abstract “Glacial Fragmentation”, Susie Wakefield’s colourful “Tutti Frutti”, Sue Glenn’s “Summer” and Mary Pye’s delightful “Apricot Tree”.

Apricot Tree by Mary Pye photo Tom Spawton

Apricot Tree by Mary Pye, photo Tom Spawton

“Apricot Tree” was inspired by a nursery song. Mary has created a lovely stylised Apricot Tree in this mosaic table stand.

Glacial Fragmentation, photo Tom Spawton

Glacial Fragmentation by Christine Hyde, photo Tom Spawton

All of these received excellent comments from David and demonstrate the imagination and variety of work that is made in our weekly Thursday evening class – a great place to enjoy the company of fellow mosaic enthusiasts and find creative inspiration.

Tutti Frutti by Susie Wakefield, photo Tom Spawton

Tutti Frutti by Susie Wakefield, photo Tom Spawton

Tutti Frutti was Susie’s first piece of mosaic work. I love the harmony of blues and the rectilinear composition, interrupted with the contrasting red tesserae.

Summer by Sue Glenn, photo Tom Spawton

Summer by Sue Glenn, photo Tom Spawton

If you have been inspired by Sheenaanne’s lovely work and fancy making a mosaic table, you can buy a kit here or contact me to enquire about the next Mosaic Tables workshop. For details of the class in Chorlton, click here.

Thank you Topps Tiles!!!

Christmas Crackers

2012 has been a fabulous year for all things MOSAIC in the North West.

Patricia (Lee) and I have enjoyed taking up the role of Joint Co-ordinators of BAMM North West and despite a difficult start to the year, we are pleased with our overall progress. For anybody in the region – we cover a very large area that includes Derbyshire, Staffordshire, Greater Manchester….pretty much every county south of West Yorkshire and north of (and including, I think!) both the East and West Midlands – please get in touch if you’d like to join!

'Flow' by Deborah Pitman

Flow by Deborah Pitman

In July, we ran our exhibition “Nip, Stick & Grout” at the wonderful Victoria Baths in Manchester. The exhibition showed mosaics made by members of BAMM North West (the piece above, ‘Flow’ by Deborah Pitman, was inspired by her visit to the baths) alongside work made by the talented mosaic enthusiasts who attend the Thursday evening “Mosaic Therapy” sessions with me in Chorlton. Here’s some recent work made by the group in the run-up to Christmas:

Christmas Mosaic Baubles by Mark

Christmas Mosaic Baubles by Mark

Debbie's Christmas Gift Mosaic

Debbie’s Christmas Gift Mosaic

Margaret's Mosaic Mirror

Margaret’s Mosaic Mirror

MORE TO COME in the North West

The year is not out yet and there are two end of year celebrations planned for next week – ‘Christmas Merriment’ drinks night in Manchester City Centre, Tuesday 18th December – all BAMM  Members and those interested in joining BAMM are very welcome. If you need further details, e-mail me!

Mosaic Class Christmas Meal is taking place in Chorlton on Thursday 20th December.


Roman Mosaic in progress, based on Lawrence's teaching

Roman Mosaic in progress, based on Lawrence’s teaching

FEBRUARY – In the New Year, we have an exciting opportunity on offer to attend a special workshop by Roman Mosaic expert, Lawrence Payne. Lawrence has his studio in Bury St. Edmonds but I’ve persuaded him to journey UP NORTH to provide a one-off workshop for us in Manchester. If you’re interested, book soon because we only have a few places left!!


SPRING – In the spring Chorlton Mosaic Group will be submitting their best mosaics for the annual Topps Tiles Achievement in Mosaic Award again. This year we were thrilled that one of our gang – Vicky – won best in region. Thanks to her fabulous ‘Fun Train’ mosaic, conceived (sorry!) for her new baby’s nursery, we were all winners. Vicky accepted a cheque for £100 as her prize and the class received a whopping £300 worth of materials from Topps.

Christmas Good wishes to all of you and wishing you all the best for the New Year!!!

Mark’s Sea Monster – finished!!

Congratulations to Mark, who recently completed this wonderful mosaic, diligently worked on over a number of Thursday evening classes before the summer break. With his trademark patience and precision, Mark has recreated this ancient mosaic sea monster and cared to observe the Roman rule of the borderline device. The original mosaic is a floor fragment in black and white found at the Baths of Caracalla in Rome, dated 3rd century AD.

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.


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.”



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…

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