Student Mosaics



Working with Smalti Workshop. Saturday/Sunday 29/30 July 2017, 9 am – 5 pm both days

Always wanted to use smalti? A traditional and prestigious mosaic material with unique properties with light, smalti has been used for over a thousand years to produce beautiful mosaic work. Over two days, discover the history of smalti and the differences and similarities between the different makes. We cover the visual effects which can be achieved by different ways of laying smalti and how to cut it using modern cutting techniques. You work towards a small smalti mosaic (25 x 25 cm) to your own design.
This workshop is at intermediate level and is for people with some mosaic experience, though experience of working with smalti is not necessary. It is not suitable for total beginners. Substrates and adhesives are provided, but you need to bring your own smalti and wheeled nippers. Any smalti that can be cut with wheeled nippers is suitable and you will need between 1 - 1.5 kilos. Students using Mexican smalti will get a 10% discount from Smalti Australia.


Max number students – 8
Where: Springwood Community Arts Centre, 22 Ferguson Road Springwood
Cost: $200 (Members) $220 (non-members) plus $25 materials fee
Tea, coffee and light refreshments provided.
Bookings: Register here, or contact Marian on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Enrolments close Monday 24 July

Tuesday Evening Class - BMCAC Glenbrook - starts 25th July

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 3 starts on July 25th.  6.30 - 9.30 pm for 6 weeks.  
Cost: $130 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 22nd July.  10 am - 2 pm, Corner Hare and Mount Streets or on line HERE.  Usually available a few weeks before start of term.

Bend Fold and Undulate - Hobart at the MAANZ Symposium - 2 places left
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 

Listowel, County Kerry, Ireland - 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 have a booklet available of available course offerings.  If you would like me to come and teach for you, either in Australia and abroad, 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.
 Presentations or workshops on working with smalti are available in conjunction with Smalti Australia.
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. 
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