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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!!!

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: http://www.traceycartledge.co.uk/products/160

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 (info@traceycartledge.co.uk) 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.