Student Mosaics



Tuesday Evening Class - BMCAC Glenbrook 

Come and join me on Tuesday evenings for my regular class at the Blue Mountains Creative Arts Centre.  Suitable for all levels from beginners to experienced.  Beginners will learn a suggested technique each term - more experienced students are welcome to work on their own projects with guidance from me.  The class maximum is 10 and is often booked out with a waitlist.

When: Term 2 starts on May 2nd.  6.30 - 9.30 pm for 7 weeks.  
Cost: $150 for the term
All adult students must be members of BMCAC. Membership is $50 per annum. $25 after June.  Plus materials fee of $30 payable to me at the first class.

Enrollment: At the centre on 29th May.  10 am - 2 pm, Corner Hare and Mount Streets or on line HERE 

Tempered Glass Mosaics - Woodford Academy - May

1.5 Day workshop
​Dates: Sat 13th 9am - 5pm & Sun 14th May 10am - 1pm.  Cost $250 plus $25 materials.
​Level: Beginners or people experienced in mosaics who want to learn a new technique.

 In this workshop, students will use paint, papers and other materials under tempered glass (crash glass), combined with other mosaic materials if desired, to produce beautiful and unique mosaics suitable for indoor display.  
 More info contact Caitlin Hughes 0416 110 675 or  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. More info here

Into the Third Dimension Saturday/Sunday 3/4 June 2017, 10 am – 5 pm both days

Want to move your mosaics to a new place?  Come and learn how to make lightweight non-flat wall-hanging substrates (mosaic bases) suitable for interior or exterior use in this fun, hands-on workshop.  You will learn to make an undulating or folded wall hanging substrate of your own design plus a second, hollow substrate such as a wall-hanging mask or torso. Both of these pieces are made in two stages and will need to be finished in your own time after the course. At the end of the day you will get a small (approx. 20 x 20 cm) half-made folded or undulating form to complete which will cure overnight.  On day two you mosaic this substrate.

Who: People with some mosaic experience who want to take their work to a new level – maximum number of participants 10
Where: Springwood Community Arts Centre, 22 Ferguson Road Springwood (a short stroll from railway station)
Cost: $200 (Members) $220 (non-members) plus $25 materials fee.  Tea, coffee and light refreshments provided.
Enrolment: Contact Marian on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 0404 850157. Enrolments close Monday 29 May 

Bend Fold and Undulate - Hobart at the MAANZ Symposium
1/2 day workshop August 18th 

This hands on practical workshop introduces participants to making and using dimensional substrates for mosaic. Students will leave with a substrate of their own design and sufficient understanding of the method to be able to confidently make their own substrates at home. The student-made substrate will need to be completed at home but students will get hands on experience during the workshop of completing a substrate supplied by me.
Cost : $105
Materials : $25

This workshop is part of the MAANZ symposium and is open to registered particiants.  For more information see here 

September 2017

Throughout September, I will be undertaking a residency at the Olive Stack Gallery in Listowel, County Kerry, ireland, jointly with Margo Anton from Canada.  We will both be running workshops. Margo will do Precision Jewellery, I will do substrates and we will do a joint workshop as well.  More information HERE.

BAMM Forum - 30 September/1st October
Bend Fold and Undulate

I will be teaching this one day course at the BAMM forum in Edinburgh UK on 1st October, as well as being a speaker. If you're in the UK and want to find out how I do that foldy bendy stuff, come along.  More info HERE.


Travelling to Teach in 2017

I am in the process of organising my travelling teaching commitments for 2017. I am planning an Australian tour, probably between the end of term 1 and the beginning of term 2 and I have a booklet available of available course offerings.  If you would like me to come and teach for you, either then or at other points in the year, and would like to see the booklet, please contact me on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Book me for a Workshop or Presentation
I have extensive teaching and speaking experience and am happy to travel. In the last year or so I have taught workshops in the USA, Canada, UK, New Zealand, Perth, Canberra and Sydney and had several speaking engagements.  If you are interested in hosting a workshop, please contact me.  A booklet of course outlines in electronic form is available on request.
I am now living in the Lower Blue Mountains and I am happy to provide 1 to 1 or 1 to 2 customised mosaic sessions in my home studio for people either with some mosaic experience, or for experienced artists in other media who wish to explore mosaics.  If you are interested, contact me.  Presentations or workshops on working with smalti are available in conjunction with Smalti Australia.


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