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Sign up for Spring Mosaic Workshops in Manchester and Cheshire

The Workshop programme will soon be starting so now is the time to choose and get your name on the list for one of the exciting days ahead:

  • May 19th/20th MOSAIC MASTERPIECES at Norton Priory
  • May 26th MOSAIC GARDEN STEPPING STONES at Hulme Community Garden Centre
  • June 9th POTTY MOSAICS FOR PLANTS at Hulme Community Garden Centre
  • June 23rd/24th MOSAIC MASTERPIECES at Norton Priory
  • June/July MOSAIC TABLES at Chorlton Central Church
  • July 14th/15th INSPIRED BY OUR ANCESTORS at Victoria Baths


You’ll get to make a mosaic stepping stone for your garden similar to this one:

Dragonfly Mosaic Stepping Stone being cast in the plastic mould

see: http://www.traceycartledge.co.uk/products/157

MOSAIC MASTERPIECES, May 19th/20th & June 23rd/24th

You’ll get to make an outdoor mosaic wall panel similar to this one:

outdoor mosaic panel

see http://www.traceycartledge.co.uk/products/155


You’ll get to make a mosaic plant pot, possibly like this one:

Mosaic Flower pot featuring daisy motif

see http://www.traceycartledge.co.uk/products/159


Mosaic Workshops for Spring/Summer 2012

The summer programme of mosaic workshops and weekend courses is coming together very nicely and I’m really looking forward to working in such fabulous settings with some great organisations and lots of lovely participants…..

We start in May with our fond favourite, “Mosaic Masterpieces” weekend course at the gorgeous Norton Priory Museum & Gardens. This is the same course that we ran last year so if you missed it then, here’s another chance to join us for a week-end that is both relaxing and stimulating and hugely enjoyable.

Mosaic Masterpieces Weekend, July 2011

Also in May, there will be a one day workshop at Hulme Community Garden Centre where you can make your own mosaic stepping stone for the garden.

Mosaic Garden Stepping Stones being cast

There is a series of mosaic stepping stones in the path leading into HCGC that were made a good many years ago. Our stepping stones will be circular and will be made with frost resistant ceramic tiles, just like the ones in my stepping stone kits. We will be using the new straw bail classroom for the day, which I hear is the only one of its kind in Manchester!!

Vicky's Mosaic Pot, 2011

In June we’re back in the straw bail classroom at HCGC again to design and make mosaic plant pots. Its another one day workshop and the places for both of these days will be limited to a maximum of 12 participants. For the “Potty Mosaics”, you will be provided with a large terracotta plant pot and there will be a good choice of mosaic materials to choose from. Your finished pot will be perfect for the garden and should survive the frost for many years to come!!!

There will be another opportunity to take part in the second “Mosaic Masterpieces” at Norton Priory again on the week-end of 23rd/24th June and then back in Chorlton, South Manchester, there will be an opportunity to make a mosaic garden table over two consecutive Saturdays. The “Mosaic Garden Tables” course has been planned for Saturday 30th June & Saturday 8th July but is currently awaiting confirmation. You can either provide your own table – it must be sanded back and ready to work on – or we can provide one for you. (More details coming soon)

Stained Glass Window at Victoria Baths

The final course for this summer will be at prestigious Victoria Baths, where I will be hosting “Inspired by Our Ancestors”. During this week-end mosaic course in July you will get to see the amazing mosaics that are integral to the building and use these images or references from elsewhere in the building to inform your own mosaic wall panel. Its all sooooooo exciting!!

For details and prices for all the above, please click through to the Workshops, Classes and Courses page. If you’d like a chat first, call me on 0161 860 0387 or e-mail me at info@traceycartledge.co.uk. You can book for most courses and workshops directly via the website.

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.

Valerie’s Mosaic Masterpiece

Looks Great Grouted

As there wasn’t quite enough time to grout her mosaic on the day, Valerie finished her mosaic off at home. For anybody who needs longer to complete the mosaic work, we provide a take away grout kit supported by a demo during the Sunday afternoon of the Week-end Mosaic Course.

Congratulations Sophie, hope you enjoy your MakeMosaic sunflower kit!!

Congratulations Sophie! Here's your prize.

A sunflower Mosaic Wall Plaque Kit is on its way to Sophie for correctly identifying the Crown Imperial flower featured in one of our Mosaic Masterpieces from the April week-end course at Norton Priory.

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!

Mega Mosaic Masterpieces created at the April Week-end Course

With blue skies and warm sunshine, we couldn’t have been happier as we explored the delightful Georgian Walled Garden at Norton Priory, sketch boards and cameras at the ready………..

In the Walled Garden

So much colour and interest, it was difficult to settle on a subject to work with for the mosaic design…….

Working from sketch

working from both sketch

and photo for additional reference

As we worked steadily throughout Saturday afternoon, time whizzed by in a flash. Here’s some of the lovely smalti, glass mosaic and ceramic tiles we had to choose from:

In the next post, I’ll put up some images of the finished pieces. We’re also delighted to have received an invitation to display the work from April’s week-end as part of a forthcoming exhibition at Norton Priory. More details coming soon.

Also coming soon – Part 2 of How to Mosaic a Flower Pot