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Mosaics - China and Found Objects
Course Dates: Thursday 19th October 2017 to Friday 20th October 2017
Category: China & Ceramics
Price: £160


This is a highly creative and enjoyable course in which you will use found objects and broken china for mosaicing a board, pot, frame – or whatever your imagination conjures up. Use all those bits and pieces you’ve been collecting over the years: shards of china you’ve dug up, buttons you couldn’t throw away, shells, pebbles and sea glass, or other items you’ve gathered over the years. You will be guided through your own individual project to create a unique and wonderful piece to take home.

Further Detail

You will learn how to design a mosaic to incorporate your found objects, cut mosaic pieces to make different patterns and designs, choose the correct adhesives and grouts, and apply your pieces to a base of your choice.

Skills/Techniques Covered

  • designing and planning your mosaic
  • cutting mosaic pieces
  • applying mosaic pieces
  • grouting and finishing off your work


This course is designed for a range of abilities including beginners.


Materials are not included in your course fee. Some materials will be provided by the tutor. The approximate cost of these will be £5–£25, depending on materials used. This is payable to the tutor during the course. The items you will need to bring with you are listed below.

We do not have the facilities to take card payments in the workshops. Please remember to bring cash or your cheque book if your course involves buying materials from the tutor.

Please bring with you:

  • any found objects and broken china that you might like to use
  • anything you might like to apply mosaic to, e.g. planters, vases, mirror frames, etc. – be prepared to be flexible in using these (base boards will be available on the course, should you want to create a flat mosaic) 
  • an apron

Please contact the tutor through the school if you would like to discuss a particular project.

What students have said about this course/tutor:

"I enjoyed the course immensely and will recommend it to friends." M Walford

"Very enjoyable and an expert tutor." J Hornigold

Tutor Profile

Rosalind Wates is a mosaic artist working in a variety of styles, materials and techniques. She works mainly on commission for private clients, public bodies, arts organisations, and schools and communities. As well as the various town and city centres up and down Britain that play host to her work, her clients include a number of well-known public figures and Lloyds Bank. Her projects range from small exhibition pieces to larger work: mosaic floors, swimming pools, and mosaic sculptures for public areas. She uses glass, ceramic, marble, slate, gold and natural stone and often employs a workforce on larger projects. During her 25-year mosaic-making career she has written for magazines, given lectures, taken part in television and radio programmes, and produced a book on mosaic design. 

Timings & Refreshments

Coffee is available from 9.45am. The course starts at 10am and finishes at 4.30pm. Fresh ground coffee and a range of teas are provided all day, along with biscuits in the morning, a sandwich lunch and cake in the afternoon. SPECIAL DIETS: If you are vegetarian, please tell us when you book. If you have other special dietary needs/preferences, please see our terms and conditions for detailed information on the food provided.