Create a pebble mosaic garden feature with award winning artist David James



About the pebble mosaic course: 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 by courier at a later date once it has cured. The courier costs are at the prevailing standard rates. 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, The Telegraph, Gardens Illustrated, Country Life and 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.

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.


1 day

Cancellation policy

Non-refundable - Refunds are not available



Olicana Mosaics

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David James creates beautiful pebble mosaics for gardens, country estates and public spaces both in the UK and abroad. His work is featured in award winning gardens and has won several Gold awards for his work, including a show garden. David's work is featured in The English Garden magazine, Country Life, The World of Interiors, and Only Bespoke. His work can be seen at RHS Garden Harlow Carr, Sir Roy Strong’s The Laskett, the acclaimed Betty Tea Rooms and Chelsea Flower Show.

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Seniors
  • Easter
  • Hen dos
  • Advanced/pro level
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Romantic
  • Father's Day
  • Public transport
  • Pet lovers
  • Mother's Day
  • UK Holiday
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Christmas
  • Stag dos
  • Intermediate level
  • Suitable for all abilities
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The Old Coaching House, Ilkley, West Yorkshire, LS29 9DX