About the Course
Beginner's workshop in Pretty Rubbish Mosaics Studio.
Day 1 you will be introduced to tools, adhesives and materials and will create a unique piece of mosaic art. You will learn how to cut china and glass and create your piece in pique assiette style. Classes are relaxed, fun and inspirational. At your disposal you will have a huge array of "treasure" including upcycled crockery, tiles, glass and jewellery.
Day 2 you will grout and clean your piece and head home bursting with ideas for more creations!
Workshops will only go ahead if 3 or more people sign up.
If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.
What's included in the price?
All tools and materials are supplied.
Cost includes coffee, tea, cakes and I will provide soup on day 1. Please feel free to bring sandwiches.
I cannot rate Maggie and her wonderful two day course highly enough. Maggie is truly inspirational with an infectious love of her craft! She is exceedingly knowledgeable and helpful with a gift for encouraging and giving confidence to her students. The course was fantastic value and I cannot wait to return!
Jean Zerebiec - - #22657
Response from Pretty Rubbish Mosaics:Thank you so much Jean for writing such a lovely review. I thoroughly enjoyed your company and watching your amazing poppy design evolve. I hope you will continue to create mosaics at home and that you'll come back and see me some time.
This was my second mosaic workshop and I thoroughly enjoyed this one, much more than the first one I took somewhere else. I found the materials we used to be a lot more 'user friendly' and Maggie coaches you carefully through every step. I often get 'creativity anxiety' when trying a new skill and I never had a chance to feel this here. Her warm chatter and ideas and enthusiasm carry you right on through to a beautiful finished piece.
My daughter and I came from many hours away and were offered the B&B option. I had no idea what we were coming to - but this home and garden were amazing! Maggie and her husband truly live the mosaic lifestyle, there is beauty inside and out and they are the most thoughtful hosts.
Glorious weekend - and you leave feeling like you've genuinely made new friends.
Shauna - - #21492
Response from Pretty Rubbish Mosaics:Thank you Shauna for taking the time to write such a nice review. Your dove slate is one of the nicest pieces ever to have left the studio and I am so appreciative of you sharing with me the importance of the design to you. Every piece in your creation was laid out with such love and care and it was a joy to watch it evolve. Yourself and Katherine were lovely houseguests and I really hope you will come back and see us again sometime.Andy and I both enjoyed having you to stay.x
I attended this course as a complete beginner and came home with a piece of work which is my pride and joy! Even if you have never done anything like this before, Maggie’s infectious enthusiasm will carry you through. You start off with very basic steps, gradually gain confidence and before you know it you find yourself staring at a mosaic and thinking “I did that!!” Throughout it all Maggie keeps up a stream of chat that will have you in stitches, and there’s a constant supply of food and drink too. What more could you ask?
Annabel Armstrong - - #21463
I was very warmly welcomed to the PRM studio. Maggie’s infectious enthusiasm in relation to all things mosaic made me forget the fact that I was very much out of my comfort zone!
Maggie took time to ascertain what I wanted to create and supported me to make it happen! She also made the workshop fun!
I can’t recommend this course highly enough. I’m over the moon with my giraffe mosaic!
Caroline Tough - - #21462
Response from Pretty Rubbish Mosaics:Great fun Caroline to work with you . For someone who had no experience or confidence on arrival, it was wonderful to see you become more inventive and creative as the day went on. Your wee giraffe is just great and a real smile maker.
Fabulous workshop, very suitable for complete beginners, Maggie is an excellent teacher, very patient and made the course great fun. Would highly recommend it.
Sylvia Pike - - #21460
Response from Pretty Rubbish Mosaics:Thank you so much Sylvia for taking the time to write a review. Your wee pheasant turned out so lovely and it was a joy to help you create him. I am glad you are still mosaicing and can't wait to see what else you have been making.
Just completed the 2 day workshop. What a warm, welcoming, passionate and inspiring tutor Maggie is. Her workshop and garden are amazing, full of colour and quirky designs. The course itself is relaxing and confidence building and Maggie works hard to ensure everyone can bring their own ideas to life and get completed within the time frame. Fantastic lunch and refreshments from Maggie and her husband too, thoroughly recommended.
Karen C - - #21455
Response from Pretty Rubbish Mosaics:Thank you Karen for writing such a lovely review. You were a pleasure to work with as your creativity and artistic ability was apparent from the minute you sat down. That little caterpillar you were piecing together whilst I was giving my demo should never have been allowed to escape!Your pheasant is just lovely and you truly embraced the pique assiette style of mosaic.Thank you for choosing to come to my workshop.
Had a fantastic 2 day workshop at Pretty Rubbish Mosaic last weekend excellent, and thank you Maggie for all the coffee and soup you provided!!!
Carol Keir - - #20868
Response from Pretty Rubbish Mosaics:Thanks Carol for coming to my workshop and for taking the time to write a review. It was a joy to watch you creating your lovely floral wall hanging.Come back and see me
I have just returned from a fab 2 days with Maggie on her beginners workshop. From start to finish everything was excellent, from the tuition, materials, Maggie herself, the pace, even the soup!
Have already booked another space in a months time, as I have come away with so many ideas.
Great time in a totally chilled out environment.
Claire Hepworth - - #20628
Response from Pretty Rubbish Mosaics:Thank you Claire for your lovely review. It was a joy to work with you and watch you develop your own style as you created your beautiful piece. Look forward to trying something different together next time.x
I am 9 years old and I have been to Maggie’s studio a couple of times. I have already learned a lot of things like cutting and using a grinder. Maggie is a great teacher and she is very funny. Her studio is full of shiny treasures and she makes the most amazing things. I would love to go back again.
April - - #20063
Response from Pretty Rubbish Mosaics:Hi April.Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review. It is always just lovely to work with you, as you have such brilliant ideas and always create great pieces. I love that you are only 9 years old yet you are a mature young lady who I can trust to use my tools . Keep coming back.x
My time spent with Maggie on a 2 day mosaics course was absolutely inspiring. This lovely lady unselfishly shares her skills and knowledge and goes the extra mile to build confidence and make everyone comfortable with what they are doing. She has a huge assortment of resources and materials on offer and expertly leads individuals through choices, encouraging creativity and supporting stage by stage. To work in her well-equipped workshop in such beautiful surroundings, full of her own wonderful mosaic creations, is a joy. Nothing is too much bother for Maggie - she strives to make everyone delighted with their experience and what they have produced - and certainly she achieved this with me. I can't wait to return again to partake of her warm hospitality and exceptional teaching skills. Thank you for awakening my interest in making mosaics and for supporting me with every step. I can see this lasting a lifetime!
Jess Petrie - - #18820
Completed 2 day beginners class this week. Truly inspirational tutor and studio. Maggie extremely supportive and enthusiastic throughout the two days and happy to let me do my own thing too. Excellent soup and cake. Would recommend this course for complete beginners or even just for anyone looking for inspiration for their next project ...... I've started to collect bits and bobs for my first 'solo' project.
Valerie Wallace - - #18332
Maggie runs a fantastic workshop for beginners in mosaics. She is patient, supportive and motivational. Lovely garden showing lots of Maggie's work which has given me ideas for my next project. It was great to be able to bring home my own completed mosaic which I will display; thought I'd have so little skill the project would end up in the bin...but not at all, thanks to Maggie's great teaching style.
Great cake and soup is an added bonus.
I would definitely recommend Maggie's course to anyone who is keen to have some fun whilst having a go.
My only suggestion relates to signage. I got thrown off course by a sign at the nearby farm which indicates that only authorised personnel can go beyond that point but in fact Pretty Rubbish Mosaics is just beyond that sign. It would be great to have a lovely mosaic sign showing that the studio is beyond that farm sign.
Thank you Maggie
Lesley - - #17644
I attended a weekend course at the beginning of the month with some friends. Really enjoyed it Maggie was very informative helpful and enthusiastic , providing ideas and lots off great materials ensureing we were all able to complete a piece to bring home.
She also provided plenty of tea coffee and cake as well as some tasty soup for our lunch on the Saturday which we were able to enjoy in her amazing garden.
Would certainly recommend it to others. Thanks Maggie.
Vera Greensmyth - - #17639
Just back from 2 days with Maggie. Really enjoyed the course, learned loads and completed a pretty good mosaic to boot. Wonderful teacher with loads of patience and full of ideas. Definitely recommend this course
Muriel - - #17635
Just back from 2 days with Maggie. Really enjoyed the course, learned loads and completed a pretty good mosaic to boot. Wonderful teacher with loads of patience and full of ideas. Definitely recommend this course
Muriel - - #17634
What a treat! A weekend spent with good friends in the bright vibrant world of Maggie's workshop and enthusiasm for her craft. She managed to inspire, instruct, relax, entertain AND keep 5 of us on task over 2 days so that we each walked away with a completed project and the idea that this is a craft we would like to have another go at. Well done Maggie. We won't look at china and glass in quite the same way again!
Sheila Atherton - - #17623
A thoroughly enjoyable day and a half, I still have a grin on my face! Maggie was so enthusiastic, an excellent teacher. I created a peice of art work that takes pride of place on my wall, she unleashed a streak of creativity I never knew I had
A beautifully run course, friendly and welcoming, Maggie is an inspiration, her imagination and enthusiasm has left me wanting more mosaic work.
Thoroughly recommend this course, you won't be disappointed.
Sue Wilson - - #16922
Billiant weekend with Maggie and three other lovely ladies. Good company and a great inspirational teacher. Feeling very pleased with myself after producing my first of what I am sure will be many 'rubbish' mosaics. Added bonus - my family are impressed with the result too! Thanks for the opportunity to find a very relaxing and satisfying new craft.
Pam Vickers - - #16881
I had a wonderful time at Maggie's this weekend just past. I have been wanting to try mosaics for ages but wasn't sure how I would get on - I am not very artistic. But Maggie made it seem so easy and was very helpful and encouraging. I was delighted with the end result. I will be back!
Jackie Ross - - #16875
Had an excellent time at Margaret’s workshop - this time working on a 3-D object coated with Delft pottery pieces. Margaret is patient, imaginative and a terrific 3-D artist. She has tremendous skill and imagination and is a kind, caring and totally wonderful teacher. She helps you when you are struggling and praises every little step on the way to creating a personal piece of work. Thank you Margaret for all your kind words, terrific teaching, lovely environment and company. Thoroughly enjoyed my course these past two days.
Fiona Maclean - - #16769
A brilliant weekend learning about mosaic creation with Maggie during which I thoroughly enjoyed myself and made a piece based on gentians that surprised and delighted me and my family! Maggie is a terrific teacher and I recommend her course to one and all. Time very well spent. Thank you Maggie.
Linda - - #16157
Harry and I had a great time at Pretty Rubbish Mosaics with Maggie. We learned lots and are very pleased with the pieces we created with the help and encouragement of Maggie. Great way to unwind. Thanks Maggie.
Barbara Corrins - - #16115
My weekend at Pretty Rubbish Mosaics was wonderful. Maggie and her work and environment are so inspiring. Everywhere you look in the garden and the house there is something magical to find. Thank you Maggie for all the guidance and helpful tips. I can't wait to get "cracking" with my next project. I will definitely be back again for another course soon.
Helen Robertson - - #15611
Such a fun two days! Maggie was so kind, encouraging, creative and positive to all of us there. It's hard not to be inspired in the studio (and house and garden!) with all of Maggie's creations. I don't see myself as artistic at all but I came out with a mosaic piece that I'm really proud of and absolutely love. Give it a go - you'll love it!
Jess W - - #15223
Had a very special time on the beginners mosaic course at Maggie’s beautiful home and workshop in the countryside. A chance to completely switch off in lovely surroundings and allow my hidden creativity to come out! Maggie’s excellent guidance was inspiring and she is great fun to work with, her enthusiasm for her work is infectious. Came away from the course feeling refreshed, with new things to think about and a mosaic I am proud of. Highly recommend this course, which I feel is very reasonably priced for what it provides. Thanks Maggie!
May 2018 Attendee - - #15208
I can not recommend this course highly enough. It was wonderful! Have just enjoyed an inspiring weekend with Maggie and learned so much. Maggie is so generous with sharing her skills, her resources and her inspiration. She is passionate about what she does and goes the extra mile to enthuse and support others. The two day workshop ensured plenty time to learn and create on the first day, then master the art of grouting and finishing on the second day. I have come home with a wonderful piece - delighted and proud. Thank you for all the help Maggie. I can thoroughly recommend the workshop and will be returning for more.
Jess - - #14918
This is an absolutely fabulous course. Maggie is inspiring, encouraging, warm, approachable and the 2days flew by. My pal and I had so much fun and produced 3 wonderful mosaics between us.
Maggie studio is a place of wonder and the setting is beautiful; a wonderful retreat from the rush of day to day living.
I would recommend this course to everyone. Maggie is a thoughtful, caring tutor and guides and informs you in the art of mosaic. It was a tremendous experience.
Daryl Brydun - - #14853
I took four children, two aged 10 and two ages 12, and myself for a two hour workshop as a school holiday treat. Maggie was inspiring to work with and more than generous with her materials. She managed to facilitate each of our very different creative processes so that we all came away with a piece we’ll treasure. I can see us returning again in the future.
Vannin - - #14280
It has been an excellent experience to work and learn from Maggie and be in an amazing space with other enthusiastic people. Being an Artist myself with a fair amount of teaching behind me, I especially value and appreciate the input and preparation which greeted us and the detailed instruction of tools, material which took place. Each one of us participants got personal attention, given advice without hindering our own ideas and creativity throughout the two days.
Maggie you are an inspiration and your enthusiasm gives inspiration beyond the time we spend in your workshop. Thank you so much.
Marga Schnell - - #14203
I had the most rewarding two days with Maggie . The whole group were so nice , and so supportive of me ( non artist) , I never felt more comfortable in my life.
100% recommend anyone to go and try this , either with the tile mosaic, or using glass......you are bound to enjoy yourself!
Helen Gauld - - #14192
Thank you Maggie for a super weekend of creative fun. In a world where we all need to stop buying new, and be creative with old stuff, this was the perfect solution. I’m off to restore a sad old table top, and now have some new skills to give it a go. And the friendship and talent input from my 3 fellow workshopeers who each added to the enjoyment. Go Maggie!
Gillian - - #14185
Just finished a weekend workshop at a Pretty Rubbish Mosiacs, my first attempt at mosaic and I enjoyed every single minute. Maggie is an excellent teacher and great host. Her workshop is inspiring and full of amazing treasures. Am looking forward to returning and trying a more challenging piece.
Ann Forrest - - #13693
Had a fab time working with Maggie at Pretty Rubbish Mosaics. She is so helpful, encouraging and definitely the hostess with the mostess. Looking forward to a return visit!
Kimberly - - #13679
Maggie Patience is an inspiration!!! I have been a friend of hers for some years, and although I have never attended a workshop, I have been with her during one and seen how much enjoyment her pupils get, and what lovely work they produce. her own work on display is brilliant. I don't know where she gets her ideas from. What an imagination ! I have no artistic flair, but with her guidance and help have produced some very pretty work. Her garden is a wonderland.
Margaret Ward - - #12946
Maggie has been a regular guest tutor at Braemar Creative Arts Festival for several years. Her workshops always sell out very quickly, such is her well deserved reputation. The feed back we get from the people who take the class is always excellent. She is an artist in the purist sense of the word and is inspirational in her teaching, passing on her passion to her students of all ages from teens to eighties.
Marilyn Baker - - #12632
I booked a weekend course as a birthday present for my mum and was talked into coming along too. So glad I did! I'm pretty much devoid of artistic talent and had never tried anything like this before but had a really great time and was pleased with my finished mosaic. Very relaxed, friendly and great fun. I'd highly recommend trying it out, even for those not particularly crafty or confident, Maggie is very welcoming and has infectious enthusiasm. She can clearly accomdate a wide variety of clients and skill sets. We've already booked our next course!
Katie - - #12597
What a fantastic couple of days at Pretty Rubbish Mosaics with Maggie. She took us through all the stages from tool, materials, design and grouting and we left with three finished pieces and the confidence to carry on at home. Amazing what can be produced from broken cups and plates. A beautiful, peaceful setting and lovely garden showing off Maggie's creations. Hopefully get back soon to do another workshop in glass work.
Shona Cooper - - #12304
Response from Pretty Rubbish Mosaics:Shona, thank you so much for your kind words. Your pieces were fantastic and you really do have nimble fingers .What a pleasure and a privilege to work with you and learn about the fantastic work you do for FORGET ME NOT in Banchory. I really hope that the skills you have learned will enable you to enrich the lives of your clients even more.. and you can let them listen to some nice music!
I loved this mosaic making course. I booked this for my partner and myself and although he wasn't too keen on the idea he thoroughly enjoyed it! Maggie is a great teacher and is full of useful information but makes the course really enjoyable with her easy to follow instruction and fun personality. I will be back!
Lynn Glennie - - #11830
I have just attended a 2 day course with Maggie and had a wonderful time. Maggie is an excellent teacher, extremely passionate and full of ideas and I am now definately hooked and she has given me the confidence to make more mosaics on my own. Thank you Maggie for a lovely 2 days and I can't wait to return again next year.
Angela MacRae - - #10231
I had a great experience at Maggie's recently and, although I don't think I'm artistic, I surprised myself. Maggie is so enthusiastic and encouraging so I felt able to experiment with different pieces and styles. I totally went for it and really enjoyed myself. A tour of Maggie's wonderful garden has me thinking already about my next project. A great workshop which I would thoroughly recommend.
Fiona - - #10221
My Friend and I took our children (aged 7-11, boys and girls ) out to the children's workshop that Margaret runs, to be honest I was not sure what to expect but it really was THE most amazing day. From the minute you arrive you're swept along on a wave of creativity, from looking around the truly fabulous garden (esp the amazing bottle waterfall!) to getting into the studio and seeing the brilliant array of materials and endless creative possibilities it really was mind blowing and engaging - Margaret was lovely and very helpful with subtle tweaks and suggestions which was lovely, and gave the children total expressive freedom- honestly one of the best things I've ever done with the kids- and my friend and i are planning an adults day very soon! ❤️
Julie Cheesman - - #9819
My friend and I took our children and a couple of their friends to one of the workshops and had the most fantastic day. Margaret's garden is inspirational and all the children let their creative juices flow, even the boys!!! Their pieces were really beautiful and the children were so happy!
Margaret is just wonderful, engaging and most informative. And was there to offer suggestions if required. I cannot recommend this course and Margaret's work enough! Thank you!
Penny Trouo - - #9816
My daughter and I did a workshop with Maggie making pictures on slate for the garden. Maggie was so helpful and inspiring, I am now hooked. Maggie has helped me create so many wonderful pieces for both my garden and home.
Grace Napier - - #9784
We had a wonderful weekend with Margaret. She was so helpful and despite never having done this before, we all left with finished pieces that we loved. Really recommend Pretty Rubbish Mosaics.
Nicki - - #9782
My daughters and I had a wonderful day with Maggie making mosaic hearts for the garden. We learnt lots and all of us came away very enthusiastic mosaicers!! Maggie is always cheerful and eager to help. A very relaxed and welcoming environment- a fantastic experience.
Anne-Marie Trudgill - - #9767
As Director of the Braemar Creative Arts Festival I can confirm that every review I have read from the participants of Maggie's festival classes over the last 3 years has been 5 star. Several of the people consequently signed up for more of Maggie's Magic workshops at her studio. We invite her back to our Festival every year as we know her classes will quickly be fully subscribed...she is truly inspirational.
Marilyn Baker - - #9737
I have been to a number of sessions in Maggie's studio and also to all three Braemar Creative Arts Festival Mosaic courses which she attends in support of this community based arts venue.
What a gem Maggie is - kind, patient, technically spot on, creatively inspiring of others, exuberant in nature, genuinely caring about her students welfare, and completely in awe of our efforts & the results no matter how odd some of mine have turned out to be :D
You may enter a complete novice not knowing one end of a tweezer from the end of a glass cutter, or a Leponitt from a Smalti. When you leave with your first pieces completed you will also take along the self-confidence with a range of manual skills & 'tool familiarity' to tackle anything she throws at you at your next session, and you will truly believe in your own abilities.
A BIG part of Maggie's ethos is to use discarded bits and pieces from local charity shops, friends cast-off & broken household 'junque', and her very own "Rubbish Fairy" who is part of the grass-roots recycling movement.
OldTown Steading's garden is a showcase of mosaic-ed artworks created from literal rubbish and it is incredibly inspiring to view regardless of the season. It is 2 acres and utterly delightful Madness, Mayhem and Magic. Green Recycling box WELL ticked and who would have thought such beauty rise from the ashes of rubbish ???
She has taught me so much technically about mosaic-ing, and even given me the self confidence set up a small studio space of my own in a spare sheddy, but part of the fun and experience is in being with other like-minded people under Maggie's caring and attentive eye. And she puts on a lovely lunch for us too :) Who could ask for more???
Carol Hutton - - #9736
I attended ancouple of courses that Maggie ran and loved them! The only reason I could not follow up with more was that we moved away. Maggie has so much enthusiasm and is a brilliant and inspiring tutor! She has a wealth of materials and gives 100% to ensure everybody achieves. Maggie inspired me and gave me the love for mosaicing, which I now continue here in France. Thank you Maggie! Don't hesitate to sign up for her courses!
Linda Whyman - - #9727
I have done this course twice now and have loved doing it. Maggie brings out your creativity with her boundless enthusiasm. I recommend this course for all those that want to fulfil their artistic ambitions via mosaic.
If you are stuck for ideas or ways to make your ideas reality, rememer this mantra - trust Maggie.
Graham - - #9726
Maggie's workshop really is fabulous. No experience or ability in art required because Maggie's enthusiasm is contagious and encouragement, inspiring. Suitable for all ages too. I'm definitely going back for more :-)
Sheila Fraser - - #9724
Had a great time creating a beautiful mosiac piece. Maggie is on hand to offer guidance & suggestions to ensure you are happy with your finished product. We enjoyed it so much, we've been back to do a second class. Maggie is a wonderful tutor.
Aileen - - #9719
I attended a two day workshop last October and since then can't stay away! I have since completed many pieces with Maggie's inspiration and support including a slate house sign, kitchen splash back and a glass on glass picture.
She's full of ideas and has an amazing selection of materials to play with. Her enthusiasm is infectious and I thoroughly recommend this course.
Maria Spinardi - - #9718
I did the two day workshop and loved it! The workshop is an alladins cave of fabulousness, all of which can be used to make amazing crazy pieces. Maggie is a talented and inspirational lady!
Fiona McCulloch - - #9717
So I have never been a student, but I cannot say enough about how much I look forward to the post by Margaret. She is an inspiration beyond any description. An amazing talent, totally out of the box talent. An amazing lady, wish I lived closer, I would love to just have a few minutes to walk through her yard.
Marcy - - #9716
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