Mosaic/Chat/Create! with professional mosaicist Emma Abel



"Mosaic/Chat/Create" workshops run 10:00-17:00 or 2 half days 10:00-13:30.

Join Emma to experience this tactile art form amongst other budding mosaicists! With over 20 years' experience in UK and New Zealand, Emma loves sharing her skills. Get snap happy... piece together your "Masterpiece", no previous experience required. Bring your own design or use Emma's templates, whether it be floral, pattern, wildlife, or numeric. Choose from a huge range of colours/textures. You will mosaic onto board then take home for grouting the following day - guidance notes and demonstration provided.

Emma Abel is a wildlife mosaicist, specialising in critically endangered species to promote awareness. She exhibits regularly around UK with mosaics published and acknowledged by internationally renowned wildlife artists and conservation charities. Emma's mosaic workshops are a lovely contrast, providing students with the opportunity to mosaic a wide variety of designs from volcanos to Sydney Opera House!

Treat yourself to a relaxing, stimulating day in Emma's studio on the beautiful Salisbury Plain. Refreshments are provided.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

- 1:1 tuition
- Design advice
- Cutting/shaping
- Mosaic application
- Grout techniques
- Tools and materials
- Guidance notes
- Refreshments
- Take home a masterpiece!


Emma Abel at abelmosaics

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The Grange
BA12 0LG

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Christmas
  • Easter
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Fairs, festivals & exhibitions
  • Father's Day
  • Intermediate level
  • Limited mobility
  • Mother's Day
  • Parking provided
  • Pet lovers
  • Romantic
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers
  • Tutor can travel
  • UK Holiday
  • Wheelchair users


7 hours (10:00am to 5:00pm)

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This craft course provider has been awarded Gold status for receiving 10 or more 5 star ratings from previous students.

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They also allow tutors to gain valuable feedback on their courses and for new students to find the course that's right for them.


Laura McCauley - - #39823

Emma was a fantastic host and teacher which made the experience even better. It was by far one of the best courses I have ever been on in my professional career being an Art teacher. I learnt so much and have a new found respect for the skill involved in mosaic art. It was amazing! Will definitely be doing it again.

Response from abelmosaics:

Laura, it was a pleasure teaching you, I'm so glad you enjoyed learning the skills for mosaic making and would love to see you here again. Your giraffe was beautifully executed!

Jessica - - #39801

Thank you for an excellent introduction to mosaic design and creation. The workshop both met and excelled my expectations of learning to put glass tiles together; your encouragement made this possible. I am delighted with my completed White Admiral. I found the pace and delivery of information and technical instruction to be timed sympathetically with my progress which gave me great confidence. You guided, directed and helped me to achieve a completed mosaic whilst feeling I had learned and created.

Response from abelmosaics:

Thank you so much for this Jessica, your White Admiral butterfly was created with much diligent cutting resuting in a lovely mosaic.

Brenda Steve - - #39407

Hi Emma, I had such a good time yesterday! I absolutely love our workshops. Thank you so much for everything and for making it such fun and enjoyable. The perfect day for me actually. I come home inspired and raring to go.

Response from abelmosaics:

Your Robin is looking fabulous, so glad you enjoyed the day. Great feather cutting Brenda!

Anna Weekes - - #39305

Such a lovely day which whizzed by. Emma is a great teacher both with technique and colour choices. I will definitely be returning.

Response from abelmosaics:

I really enjoyed introducing you to mosaics Anna, well done creating your very pretty hare, he looks gorgeous!

Rachel - - #38683

I have wanted to do a mosaic workshop for such a long time ... I can’t thank my son and his partner enough for the wonderful present of a gift voucher for one of your workshops. I had a thoroughly enjoyable day and learnt so much. I am already planning my next mosaic and so many things I look at now I see a beautiful subject for a mosaic. I think you could say I have the bug. Thank you again for a wonderful day and I will be booking another workshop in the not too distant future.

Response from abelmosaics:

Thanks so much Rachel, it was lovely to meet you and your Dragonfly mosaic shimmered beautifully!

Lorraine A - - #37792

I immediately felt calm in your presence and found your mosaics in your workshop and home not only beautiful to look at but stimulating and helpful. I learnt a lot from your tuition and was reassured that what I was doing was okay. I was very touched that you offered to let me stay longer because I started later than expected and that you sorted out the left bag so quickly. It was very much appreciated.
All in all, a wonderful day!

Response from abelmosaics:

Thank you Lorraine, it was a pleasure to meet you and Shona.

Masha - - #37131

I most enjoyed meeting Emma, listening to Emma’s very impactful and clear instructions and learning and having a go at creating something that I have never done. ‘Start with an eye and a head’ ‘ Design, shape, glue’ will stay with me for a long time...

Response from abelmosaics:

It was a pleasure to meet you Masha, your mosaic worked really well and thank you this review.

Angie Hewitt - - #36857

I bought this course for my husband for Christmas, the gift was really for the two of us so it was a win win! Emma is wonderful, we had a great day and we're so pleased with our efforts. Emma is a great teacher and an amazing mosaicist !! Her work is beautiful. We enjoyed the day so much that we are booked to return and finish off 😀

Response from abelmosaics:

Thanks so much for this feedback Angie, your Oak tree mosaic was well constructed with much attention to detail, and Paul's Airedale Terrier design looked great in the amber colours. I look forward to seeing you again.


An amazing day spend with Emma, the day shot by really quickly, which in itself says a lot about the enjoyment and concentration. Emma gave clear instructions and guidance on how to design and create a mosaic and it was clear to see her passion for the art with some fantastic examples around the studio. Enjoyed it being a small group and what's not to like about endless cups of tea and lemon cake. Now working on designs for a return visit. Would highly recommend this course.

Response from abelmosaics:

Thank you for this review Martin, your bicycle mosaic and Joanne's seahorse turned out beautifully. I look forward to your next visit!

Sue - - #35116

As a complete beginner to the art of mosaics, I found this was a perfect course. Emma's knowledge and teaching skills gave me confidence and turned a new challenge into a very enjoyable experience. I am looking forward to attending some more of Emma's courses in the future.
Thank you Emma.

Response from abelmosaics:

Thank you for this Sue, your turtle mosaic looks wonderful. You created a very neat and tidy mosaic and I loved your choice of subtle browns and greens against the water. I look forward to seeing you again on another workshop. Emma

Elaine Varnam - - #34072

I felt informed about how to make my design. Emma you were very clear and your balance between allowing me to work alone and helping me when I needed it was right. I enjoyed the whole experience learning a new skill and meeting interesting people.

Response from abelmosaics:

It was great to meet you Elaine and your Nazar design worked perfectly in the mosaic medium. Thanks so much for the review.

Philippa Simmons - - #33585

I enjoyed my last lesson so much that you have infected me with mosaic making. I loved every moment, your instruction was fantastic, which is why we can produce things that look like the picture we bring.

Response from abelmosaics:

Thank you, it was a great mosaic workshop seeing your mosaic come to life.

Abbie - - #33263

My Mum and I had a fabulous day with Emma. We were both brand new to mosaics and had the best time. The day flew past! Emma is a wonderful teacher and her passion for mosaics really showed. I would highly recommend her course!

Response from abelmosaics:

Thank you Abbie, it was lovely to meet you and Naomi. Your mosaics are well made with some great colours and textures.

Lindsay Denman - - #33131

Emma was excellent with the right blend of encouragement and approval. The time flew past and with a little bit of expert help at the end of the session I had a tile that I was delighted with. There were only two of us on the session which meant plenty of assistance and friendly chat. Tea/coffee was available as wanted as well as some delicious cake! Emma showed us some of her work which was amazing, I didn't realise that mosaics could be so beautiful, she is incredibly talented and very good at steering you towards making the best decisions.

I would highly recommend this course.

Response from abelmosaics:

Thank you Lindsay, I really enjoyed having you on the course and your chosen design of a "Grasshopper" in vibrant greens worked so well as a mosaic. Emma

Marian - - #31127

I really enjoyed creating something pretty out of nothing but broken china - each piece had a story and the mosaic preserves that unknown tale, just as your mosaics tell a story and inform. It was great to see all the colours of tiles you have - it gets the imagination going! I also loved all your beautiful mosaics and learning about your decision to focus on extremely endangered species in order to increase awareness of their plight. This takes mosaicing to another level. There was nothing I didn't enjoy!

Response from abelmosaics:

Thank you for the positive feedback Marian. It was a pleasure to help you make something special out of your broken china pieces, your hare is beautiful.

Diana Hargreaves - - #26677

Emma is an excellent teacher and a superb mosaicist - her body of work is breathtaking and such an inspiration to a novice like me. I have done two workshops now and am signed up to a weekend in January. It is indeed addictive! The workshop is a creative space with an extensive range of scrumptious materials. Most importantly, however, Emma imparts her expertise with precision and patience and is clearly passionate about her craft. I am thrilled with my two ‘masterpieces’, especially with the second - a special 70th birthday present for my friend, the design of which was enhanced by Emma’s eye for detail. I would highly recommend anyone giving mosaics a go with Emma.

Response from abelmosaics:

Thank you Diana, your comments are much appreciated and it is a pleasure helping you achieve your very creative mosaics! Before the next workshop, think about your preferred Fish species/shape/colour eg you may not want a Barracuda in your Bathroom .... 😎

Alice - - #26551

Thank you for such a wonderful day - I thoroughly enjoyed being a bit creative. I thought the workshop was fab - you have a lovely teaching style and it’s made me inquisitive to learn more - I will be back!! Your tuition was clear and methodical throughout and I understood what I was aiming to do at each stage. What I enjoyed most was the time out to do something creative, learning something new, your informative teaching style, your ideas and huge range of tesserae.

Response from abelmosaics:

Thanks so much Alice for this feedback, I really enjoyed taking you through the mosaic process and seeing the Bee come to life!

Nancy Humphries - - #26540

Instruction was very clear and methodical. I liked the way it was staggered so you didn't learn everything up front then forget - rather you were shown what was appropriate when you were ready to move on. The introduction gave you a good goal to work towards... materials, tools and layout of workstation was very good. The studio was light, bright and full of mosaics... just very inspirational. We clearly all enjoyed very much what we were doing so that spirit of joint venture was really nice and having a cup of tea made for me - plus cake - great!! I've attended twice now and completed 2 mosaics. I will definitely attend again to make more ...

Response from abelmosaics:

So glad you enjoyed your two workshops Nancy, many thanks for the helpful comments.

Jan Thurman - - #26517

I decided to choose a robin for my mosaic as they are my favourite birds.
As a complete novice the tuition was excellent and I really appreciated the individual time you spent with me. You were never intrusive and there was a lovely, friendly atmosphere. I felt a huge sense of achievement as I finished my mosaic. It exceeded my expectations as I am not particularly artistic/creative! I would love to return and do another mosaic so please keep me informed of other courses… I am definitely interested.

Response from abelmosaics:

Jan, thank you! I look forward to seeing you here for a weekend workshop to make your next creation - a Blackbird. I have lots of luscious ceramic/glass black tiles to choose from!

Sue - - #26516

Had a wonderful day making my lotus flower. Totally absorbing.
I was amazed how we all created very different pieces and Emma was on hand to teach us the techniques and be supportive, guiding us with tips that somehow made us all produce masterpieces!!
Helpful to have some ideas before you go and no time for slacking as surprising how the day just flew by.
Would thoroughly recommend, you can go on your own or with a group as a fun activity to create and chat.
Will go again when have the chance!

Response from abelmosaics:

Hello Sue, I am delighted to have your workshop Review. Your Lotus flower had gorgeous colour combinations and it was fun teaching you. I look forward to seeing the next mosaic flower emerge, perhaps it should be Frangipani from Singapore!

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