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Mosaic one day workshop using china & recycled materials, Orkney. Lunch provided.


About the Course

You will make a mosaic plaque or heart on this course which will take place in my home in Birsay next to the sea, near to the Brough of Birsay, and ancient Viking settlement.

I also have a comfortable double/twin room to let if required, please enquire for availability. I aim to provide an inspiring and uplifting workshop with fuel for ideas taken from the range of mosaic tesserae provided.
Ideal for total beginners or the more experienced. For other mosaic projects please check out my other pages.

This course will run on demand for two people or more, so if you have a friend you would like to do the course with please get in touch.

We aim to have a individually creative day, everyone will be encouraged to develop their own design. Inspiration can be drawn from items brought on the day, looking through the mosaic books, or developing an existing idea.

We will spend the day designing and sticking various tesserae to the board. Along the way learning about techniques and materials, different potential projects and how to cut and shape the tiles safely and tools needed.

I have been running mosaic workshops for over ten years. I have a teaching qualification and have worked for Cartmel Adult Education as a mosaic tutor. Until recently I have sold my mosaics on Not on The High Street.

Please contact me for any further information you feel you may need about this workshop.

If you will be redeeming a CraftCourses gift voucher on this course, the voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

All materials are included in the course, including a selection of varied china tesserae, plywood board, and bag of grout with full instructions to finish at home. Course suitable for complete beginners. There is an option of returning another day for a 2 hour workshop to grout your piece for an extra £20.

A small plaque will be made on the day (grouted at home) which can be wall hung, free standing or used as a pot stand. Some of the interesting tesserae available on the day includes, vintage china, buttons, beads, glass, tiles, shells and jewellery. I encourage everyone to bring something along of their own to add, some of the more interesting items that folk have brought along are real human teeth! (dentist) and an old Timex watch, oh and the ashes of a dear old mum.

Drinks and biscuits and a light lunch provided.

Please bring an apron!


Catherine Wells at Arts a Flutter
3 Palace Gardens
KW17 2LL
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- - #22948

I was up in Orkney on a family holiday recently and a few of us decided to try out the Landscape Felting workshop - we had such a lovely day! Well worth the money and Catherine is a fantastic tutor. A very talented artist too! Well recommended!

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- - #21679

Had an absolutely brilliant day at the Mosaic course. Catherine was so welcoming and friendly and the training was hands-on and very encouraging.
I'd never tried mosaic before but even I managed to produce something beautiful with Catherine's tutoring.
I'm going to be carrying on with mosaic when I get home as Catherine has left me with a feeling/belief that this is something that I can do.
She also has some great other courses and when I come back for my next holiday I will be looking to see what she has available.
If you go for one of her courses, which I would encourage everybody to do, also ask her about some of the other bits and pieces she has done in the past, I was able to buy some lovely cards and painted wooden eggs which I am going to incorporate into the silver jewellery I make, plus she has many other items to show.
If you are even just considering visiting, just do it, I had a really great day and so will you.

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- - #16806

Loved this workshop ❤. I made a mosaic! Catherine is a top tutor. She was kind, patient, funny and friendly while teaching me her art. There was loads of choice of tressere. Could even break up some plates with a hammer if needed too. Thouroughly enjoyed it. Catherines mosaic workshop has gave me the confidence to attempt some projects I have always wanted to do. Cant recommend enough.

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- - #16774

I had a great day and was really pleased with the mosaic I produced.

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- - #15172

Excellent tuition and support given by Catherine, who was obviously experienced and enthusiastic in mosaics. All resources were provided and once we had chosen our designs and been shown what to do , we were able to continue independently asking for help if needed. It was a busy but very enjoyable day in a lovely interesting venue.

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- - #14848

Tutor was wonderful, facilities great, classmates lovely. Will hopefully be back on an open day so I can buy some of the wonderful art I saw whilst there. Adele

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- - #14835

Thoroughly enjoyed the workshop. Left with the skills to know how to do the basics. Met interesting people although all engrossed in our work so did not engage too much. Catherine was very knowledgeable, hands-on and explained things in an easy to understand way as well as demonstrating practically. Huge variety of material to work with. Definitely recommend this workshop to others.

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- - #14077

I would highly recommend Catherine's 1 day mosaic workshop to anyone wanting to have a go but feeling a bit nervous. As a beginner, Catherine made me feel really welcome and relaxed, providing the right pace for everyone in the group whatever their ability. She had vast array of materials for us to work with and we all had a fun, fabulous, creative day! I will be coming back for more!

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- - #10941

Had a fabulous day learning about mosaics and making my mosiac heart, I feel inspired to make more. Catherine has an easy teaching style and a whole array of knowledge and materials to use. Would definitely recommend.

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- - #10244

Had a fab day out and Catherines a lovely character. Great fun with the opportunity to release those creative juices. I'm pretty sure i'll be booking up for more courses in the future.

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- - #9974

My friend Sarah and i had an awesome day on the mosaic course with Catherine Wells. We had such fun amd Catherine was great in teachimg us the basics of mosaic amd really has given the confidence to try and make another piece on our own. Would highly recommend this course.

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- - #7510

I had a fabulous day at Catherine's mosaic workshop. It was so informative and I now feel confident to create my own mosaics. Catherine provided us with some fantastic materials and ideas to work with. The end results are gorgeous. I'll definitely be going to another workshop.

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- - #7461

Very nice relaxed day. All materials supplied and books to look through for ideas. Teaching was very thorough and we all left with a completed mosaic and instructions on how to grout it once it had dried thoroughly.5

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- - #6720

I took a mosaic course on Saturday and was very impressed with Catherine our teacher, as a complete beginner I wasn't sure what to expect but was soon put at ease, Catherine had lots of idea's and lots of patience.
I made a sunflower amazingly it turned out ok, I am definately inspired to do more mosaic work and wished I lived nearer to Nelson and Catherine classes..
Having come all the way from Cumbria and not finding a class nearer to home, it was worth the drive.

Thank you very much for a really enjoyable day.
kind regards

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- - #6712

A very enjoyable day. Loved the hands on teaching and getting as messy as you like without having to worry about the furniture, which is the only way if you learn from a book! Learnt a lot about the different mosaic techniques and being able to experiment to find your own preferences is a definite advantage of doing the course. Catherine is very talented and knows her art inside out, plus a very nice lady. She made the class warm and friendly.

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- - #6349

I would highly recommend Catherine's 1day mosaic workshop. Catherine was wonderful, creative & extremely knowledgeable. This workshop exceeded my expectations. I now feel that I have the knowledge needed to begin to create my own mosaics at home. I particularly enjoyed working with the vast array of materials that Catherine supplied on the workshop. A truly fabulous creative day!

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