Mosaic Maker | Educator
Contemporary Mosaics for Home & Garden
Designing, making and education
Developing hand crafted mosaics
My studio is hidden away in a small historic courtyard in Shrewsbury, Shropshire. It is in the stable of what was William Hazeldine's house at the bottom of the Wyle Cop. He was one of the Ironmasters of the Industrial Revolution, so it is an amazing environment to work in with other craft workers.
I design and make contemporary mosaics for the home and garden. Originally I trained as jeweller and silversmith at Birmingham School of Jewellery, and now transferred many of those gem-setting skills to larger mosaic designs. I am attracted to using highly reflective materials and exploring surface patterns and colour.
Designer : Educator
Mosaic Maker: Educator
Commissioned work is always very welcome so please use the contact page to make an enquiry.
My mosaics are also on display in my studio and currently at VAN Gallery in Shrewsbury, Linden Tree Gallery in Much Wenlock, Willow Gallery in Oswestry, Mostyn Gallery in Llandudno and Fitch and Fellows in Thame. You can also find me in the Maker's Directory on UKHandmade and Madebyhandonline.
I also run mosaic adult workshops for beginners in my studio and multi-media/mosaic school workshops.
Made to commission and studio mosaics.
It's just a Daisy
Latest work in my mosaic floristry has been more about miniature garden, taking the garden stakes I usually make and working to about 10% of their size. The steel rods are really fine and the flowerheads bob as the wires vibrate with any movement.
Six Panel Tree Mosaic
The commission was to create a series of six panels, each a variation of a tree design.
A romantic commission to create sixteen heart garden stakes for a couple renewing their wedding vows. One for each year of their marriage.
School Arts Week
Market Drayton Infant & Nursery School
Fantastic opportunity to work with Year 1 and 2 pupils creating a series of three mosaics that reflect their school logo of the Gingerbread Man and the beautiful school grounds.
Mosaic Pop-Up Garden
Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery
SMAG approached me to take part in a project linked to the Shrewsbury Food Festival, promoting healthy eating and growing your own food. I worked with museum visitors to create a series of two panels using the highly floral and decorative Coalport ceramic collection for inspiration.
The Mosaic Florist
New Design Direction
What started as a way of utilising those annoying off-cuts of backing board, the flowerhead series has developed.
Exhibition January - March 2018
To mark the centenary commemoration of the end of WW1 and at the Theatre Severn a new production of Poppyfields The Musical, there was be an exhibition of artists' work responding to those themes.
Farewell Present Commission
What to buy a school community on retiring was a question posed by a local primary teacher. She decided on commissioning a bespoke mosaic to be mounted on an exterior wall for the children to enjoy.
As part of a garden being opened to the public during the National Garden Open Garden Scheme 2018, a client wanted to include some 'garden interventions', just in case flowers were late to bloom! Altogether there were three designs created, anenome, daffodil and peony with three flowerheads of each.
Decorative and Functional
Taking William Morris' statement about only owning items that were both functional and beautiful, my range of round and square mirrors were developed.
Decorative trees developed out embroidery designs and now hang at the University of Chester in Shrewsbury Campus.
Extending the embroidered trees further
The single trees worked in isolation as decorative panels, now I extended the design to create a double tree, making more of the curved base and the earth between the roots.
All good ideas
... start with a chai latte
London Garden I
Series of mosaic roundels 50-30cms in diameter. This commission started with one roundel on the back wall and using a metal lizard water feature as inspiration.
London Garden II
Why not have two more?
The clients were so pleased with the effect of the sunlight on the mosaic that they commissioned two more in the series of lizards and dragonflies.
Mixed Media Materials
To catch the light
,As many of the mosaics are designed for outdoor spaces, I use highly reflective materials including mirrored glass ... a lot! The effect created as the sunlight dances and catches the designs just brings the mosaic alive.
Hampton Wick School Newt
And everybody helped!
This four by two metre mosaic was designed and made with pupil and staff input. The newt is the school emblem and red was their school colour. Children from Nursery through to Year 2 came to work in the pop-up workshop and were very proud of the finished mosaic.
Contemporary Handmade Mosaics for the Home & Garden
Marvellous Mosaic Workshops
Studio-based one-day introductory mosaic workshop
COVID-19 compliant and with numbers limited to four at each workshop, you can still come and enjoy a creative day learning about the craft of mosaic.
New workshop dates for 2021
6 March (1 place available)
24 April (2 places available)
22 May (4 places available)
12 June (2 places available)
To book a place please enquire using the contact form or book through Craft Courses. The cost is £80 per person with all materials supplied. The day runs from 10.00am to 4.00pm and you don't need any previous experience. The workshop will introduce which base to
use, how to cut glass and ceramic tiles, using adhesives and grouting to complete either a coaster, trivet or a heart decoration. It all takes place in my studio in the heart of historic Shrewsbury in Shropshire and with only small adult groups, you will receive all the guidance you need!
A risk assessment is available on request. Please read the COVID-19 notice on the booking confirmation form before attending any workshops.
"Just wanted to say thank you so much for yesterday. Honestly it's the first time in weeks that I've felt completely happy and absorbed, instead of worried and anxious. Loved everything about the whole event. You really are amazing, your style and creativity are genuinely inspirational. And I'm totally in love with my piece. Thank you so much for your time."
"I wanted to thank you for a very enjoyable mosaic workshop. It was lovely to meet you and have such a wonderful experience. I came away feeling I had achieved much more than I expected and I was extremely pleased with the mosaic piece I created. Thank you once again."
Primary school art workshops
Tailor-made to suit your school
I am a fully qualified and experienced primary teacher and my DBS can be checked through the Government Update Service. Workshops can be booked for half or full days, several days or as part of your school's arts week celebrations. Workshops focus on children exploring a new artistic skill and often working collaboratively on one piece of artwork. Schools may have a site-specific piece in mind that they would like to display. I also work on mixed media art projects as well as mosaics.
The Mosaic is amazing!! We are all so pleased! The children love it! Thank you for your hard work!
Art Co-ordinator, Hodnet School
Festival of Glass, St Mary's Church, Shrewsbury, June 2021
The Angel Gallery, Broseley Winter Exhibition, 1 November - 20 Dec 2020
Visual Arts Network, Theatre Severn Shrewsbury, 20th Anniversary Exhibition, Sept/Oct 2019
Visual Arts Network, University Centre Shrewsbury, Winter Exhibition, Sept 2019/Apr 2020
Visual Arts Network, VAN Gallery Shrewsbury, Festivals Exhibition, July/August 2019
Belle Vue Arts Festival Annual Exhibition, Mosaic Panel from Opportunity School Project, May/Sept 2019
Visual Arts Network, VAN Gallery Shrewsbury, 30:30 Exhibition, May/June 2019
Willow Gallery, Oswestry, Shropshire Guild of Contemporary Craft Annual Summer Exhibition, 16 July to 1 September 2019
Showcase In Colour - Mostyn Gallery, Llandudno 2 February to 2 June 2019
Wilfred Owen 100 - Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery Open Exhibition October 2018 to Jan 2019
Winter Open Exhibition - Willow Gallery, Oswestry November 2017 to January 2018
Sponsored Pop-Up Shop by Square - Great Western Arcade, Birmingham, September 2017
Linden Tree Gallery, Much Wenlock
Mostyn Gallery Shop, Llandudno
Fitch and Fellows, Thame, Oxfordshire
VAN Gallery, Shrewsbury
Willow Gallery, Oswestry
The Angel Gallery, Broseley
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