Create a stunning pebble mosaic feature for your garden from multiple gold winning artist David James

Peacock mosaic in pebble, lapis lazuli and semi precious stones and minerals


About the pebble mosaic course:

Covid secure working practices are in place and will continue to be so until further notice.

Maximum number of 4 people per course at Olicana's workshop in central Ilkley. Minimum numbers apply.

Learn how to create a stunning pebble mosaic that will provide a talking point for your garden from David James of Olicana Mosaics.

You will be taken through all the steps involved in creating a square or circular or shell shaped pebble mosaic measuring 45cm/18inch square or in diameter. This will weigh about 20kg (45 lb).

Time will be given to discuss materials, methods, tools and techniques as dictated by the interests of the group and time available. The pebble mosaic will then be cast in a special cement and can be collected or sent on at a later date once it has cured.

David has a wealth of knowledge on the history, techniques and practical applications of mosaics from Byzantine to modern day innovations, which he is happy to share. He is very approachable and will give you all the help you need to make your mosaic.

About Olicana Mosaics: David James designs and makes beautiful pebble mosaic feature paths and focal points for gardens, country estates and public spaces.

His work has been featured in award winning gardens and he has won several Gold awards for his work, including creating a show garden. His work is featured in The English Garden magazine, The World of Interiors, Only Bespoke. Examples of his work can be seen at RHS Garden Harlow Carr, Sir Roy Strong's garden at The Laskett, and Bettys. David exhibits at the prestigious Chelsea Flower Show.

David works with the RHS, Garden Designers, Architects, and private clients across the UK and worldwide.

Comments from recent students:

Jen: David’s passion for his work shines through, and his willingness and enthusiasm for sharing his expertise with others is infectious. The course is run in a wonderfully relaxed style, but with all the resources, tools and expert advice you could wish for. I thoroughly enjoyed the day and will most certainly be going back for more.

Holly: A very Interesting insight into the process of mosaic making with pebbles and stones. The workshop really challenged my creativity in terms of pattern making, and it was fascinating how different effects could be achieved through pebbles which when dry looked similar, but then changed dramatically once wet! I really enjoyed myself and came away with something impressive for my garden.

Refunds are not available on this booking. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

Tools, materials are included in the cost.

PPE will be provided but please wear sturdy shoes/boots and old clothes.

Hot and cold drinks will be provided, just bring your lunch.


David James at Olicana Mosaics


The Old Coaching House
West Yorkshire
LS29 9DX

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Advanced/pro level
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Fathers Day
  • Hen dos
  • Intermediate level
  • Mothers Day
  • Pet lovers
  • Public transport
  • Romantic
  • Seniors
  • Stag dos
  • Suitable for beginners
  • UK Holiday


1 day (10:00am to 6:00pm)

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Elaine - - #23117

David and Caroline are fabulous. Knowledgeable, encouraging, helpful, supportive .... spot on course. As an absolute beginner they provided the perfect environment to give this a try.

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