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Mosaics for Gardens and Balconies (Wednesday Evening)

6 Week Mosaics for Gardens and Balconies

Starting 8th May 2019, 6.00-8.30pm (half term break 22nd May)

This course is all about gardens and flowers and plants. Work with ceramics and vitreous glass, using nippers.

Mosaics have been used in gardens since the time of the Romans. They can be used to bring colour to a dark corner or add elegance to a balcony or roof terrace. You have a place for a mosaic in your outside space, however large or small.

In this six week course you will learn how to use the direct method of mosaic making to transform plant pots or to turn a plant saucer into a bird bath.  Or if you prefer, you can create a mosaic picture using gardens and nature as your inspiration.  This course is suitable for beginners and those with a little experience, but everyone is welcome!

This course covers

  • Which materials are suitable to go outside

  • How to use the direct method on a basic 3D form such as a plant pot

  • How to interpret and transform a photograph or drawing into a mosaic

  • How to use mosaic making tools

  • How to cut and lay mosaic tiles

  • How to apply basic techniques of andamento (mosaic flow) into your work

  • How to create a stunning work using colour theory

  • How to grout and clean your mosaic

The size of your mosaic will depend on the surface you choose, but it should be up to 25-30cm square in size. All materials will be supplied including ceramic and vitreous glass, crockery, plant saucers and pots, but you are welcome to bring your own ceramic or terracotta vessels to decorate (unglazed only). Please be sure to send a picture of these to us first so that we can tell you if they are suitable. If you have any broken crockery you would like to use in your design you are welcome to bring it along.

Tutor: Alex McHallam

Alex McHallam is a mosaic maker and has been running classes and workshops for the last eight years. She is passionate about mosaics and encouraging people to tap into their creativity.  She is currently studying for a MA in Contemporary Craft at the University of Hertfordshire and is Chair of the British Association for Modern Mosaics.  When not making mosaics, Alex is a garden designer specialising in plants and planting.

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Payment method: Secure payment is being made online through Paypal - choose the number of places and click on Buy Now. If you don't have a Paypal account, then choose the Credit/Debit Card option. Alternatively you can send a cheque to London School of Mosaic, 181 Mansfield Road, London NW3 2HP.

If you have any problems to make a payment, please call us on 020 7620 6070 (Mon-Fri) or send an email to

If you need to miss a class during a mosaic course, it's possible to arrange a different time and day to replace those hours.

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