Newness…

A new month…and I love April!  Yesterday at our allotment, we were greeted by fruit trees in blossom. We bought home some branches from our damson trees and made our Easter tree this morning… It has been a season of teaching mosaic art – the most I have ever done and loving it! I have […] Read more...

Mosaic gatherings

It was this little idea that I had many months ago, to gather students I have met through my Glittering Shards mosaic workshops and classes. There have been many, and all so lovely. Some students have returned again and again and, really, they have become friends. There is something about sharing this creative journey that […] Read more...

Therapuetic mosaics – an invitation to you…

I have mused for years about why mosaic making is so therapeutic an art form. Having recently undertaken the process of applying for a Masters in the Neuroscience of Mindfulness (with research on the role of creative making), I took some time to organise my thoughts on the subject. The reasons are likely to be […] Read more...

News…on mosaics, art, mindfulness and neuroscience…(phew!)

Hi folks Excuse the little blog silence – half-term holidays kicked in and those quiet moments for blog writing have been filled with the sound of squeaky recorders, giggling (yes, a little fighting), singing, funny shows (yesterday was Spoon Man meets Rolling Pin Man!) and some trips into the center of London. We even managed […] Read more...

Elaine Goodwin’s new mosaic exhibition

The contrast with the biting cold  January evening was apt. I stepped out of the bustling London street into the gallery space filled with Elaine Goodwin’s latest work, a mosaic expression of her immersion into desert lands. The exhibition contained 50 small pieces representing 5 deserts in Libya, Morocco, Iran, Pakistan and Egypt.  All the […] Read more...

New online learning opportunities

  Hi Friends, I have been a busy little bee, creating a range of online learning opportunities for people who want to start or deepen their mosaic practice. Do you want to be the first to hear about my new online resources and courses?  Sign up here and read more about it below… Glittering Shards […] Read more...

Mosaic stars

  Take some air drying clay, a rolling pin and a cookie cutter… Add some gold paint…. Then some PVA glue and blingy glass, glittery tiles – or broken china, beads, shiny paper or textiles. Whatever you can get your hands on! You can sprinkle on glitter to fill the gaps too… Leave to dry…then […] Read more...

A mosaic feast in the North of Italy – part 2

In this second installment of my mosaic tour of Friuli (part one here) I have a treat for you Roman mosaic lovers… Aquileia, the most complete example of an Early Roman city in the Mediterranean world, is a UNESCO world heritage site, ‘visited’ by Attila the Hun (my visit was a little less eventful!).  The […] Read more...

A mosaic feast in the North of Italy

With the cold beginning to nip our fingers and toes, it feels good to remember the summer holidays which for me included a ten day visit to Friuli in the very north east corner of Italy. The mosaic lovers  amongst you may know that Friuli is the home of one of Italy’s (the worlds?) best […] Read more...