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We’re entering the Topps Tiles Competition for Achievement in Mosaic!!

What a thrill that so many of the talented individuals who attend my Thursday evening Mosaic Class in Chorlton, South Manchester agreed to submit their work for the annual Topps Tiles Competition. Its the first year that our class has entered, so fingers crossed…..here are a few glimpses of just some of our entries for you…..

"Pieces of Peace" by Sarah


"Red Fishes"
by Debbie


"The Dog Who Wished He Could Fly" by Margaret


"Dove" by Jane


"Bowl with Goldfish" by Mark


"Butterfly" by Helen


"Emerald Circles" by Helen


There are many more beautiful pieces in our submission. I’ll have to post a few more up to show the world later. Good luck to all of you!!

Anybody interested in joining our group or signing up for any of the forthcoming summer workshops, should check the details on the Workshops, Classes & Courses page. Newcomers always welcome!!


Balls to Christmas – with Mosaic On!!

I know my title’s a bit naughty but it got your attention, didn’t it?

What d’you think?


We’ve been making mosaic baubles at class – quite fiddly but it will be good to see it on the Christmas tree and know its all your own work! Not sure about the white grout – I generally avoid white but thought it would be the best colour for this project. Now I can’t help thinking it might look better with black……..what do you think?

How to Mosaic and Meet New People

We’ve been back at Chorlton Central for 6 weeks now since the summer break and there are lots of lovely mosaic projects underway.

Mosaic Flower Pot by Vicky

One or two busy bees in our group are efficiently producing wonderful handmade mosaic gifts, such as mirrors and fridge magnets, as Christmas presents for their nearest and dearest.

We’re planning to have a group exhibition in the spring and very soon I’ll be organising a visit to Victoria Baths, where we’re hoping the exhibition will take place. Confirmation and further details to follow….

So, if this sounds like something that you would like to be part of and you live in the Manchester area, why not join us? We still have enough space for two or three more people to join the group.

For further details, click here.

From Walled Garden to Mosaic Masterpiece

A lovely group of people, a fabulous venue, a full week-end dedicated to making mosaics….the only thing missing was the weather. Although, we can’t really complain as the brief hour of glorious sunshine kindly coincided with our session of drawing and photography in the beautiful Walled Garden at Norton Priory…..timed to perfection!!

The Walled Garden delighted all of our course participants – not surprisingly – with its ever-changing display of colour and form. The group enjoyed exploring and took time to create oil pastel studies and photos for later reference. There was no shortage of inspiration….

And here’s how the mosaic work took shape after we returned to the studio:

Inspired by the Himalayan Blue Poppy

A blaze of summer colours, framed by one of the old brick arches

allium giganteum, like pompoms on sticks!

The vibrant colours of the garden

Poppy and Poppy Heads

Hydrangeas, almost finished............

Here’s some of July’s group grouting their finished mosaics

Grouting for Glory

Done & Dusted!!

Not all of the work was captured on camera but more images will appear soon in our Mosaic Masterpieces online Exhibition……………….

Well done everybody – the quality of the work produced this week-end was exceptional!

July Mosaic Weekend booking up fast!!

If you’ve been pondering whether or not to join us for the fabulous MOSAIC MASTERPIECES week-end, there are a few places left for the last course of the summer, Sat 16th and Sunday 17th July at the beautiful Norton Priory Museum & Gardens.

So book today!! e-mail me: info@traceycartledge.co.uk for a booking form and further details or book online: http://www.traceycartledge.co.uk/products/102 or you can phone me on 0161 860 0387.

Masterpieces of the April Mosaic Week-end Course

From sketch to

Finished and grouted mosaic by Leoni

from observation photo

to this completed mosaic

Prize for the first person to identify the flower in a comment to this post……..

Photos of the other pieces produced coming soon!

Patience Pays

I suppose that patience is something that I’ve taken a long time to learn, or that I still am in the process of learning. Although working as an artist there’s no choice but to find some, somehow. As you start a piece of work the eagerness to see the anticipated result is overwhelming. However, it is, I think,  during the journey to the outcome that we’re really at our most creative.

On the subject of patience, here are some of the pieces being made at the evening class.  Seeing the progress being steadily made from week to week is a real inspiration to me and I admire the patience that has already gone into the creation of these fabulous mosaics…………..