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Sandy & Dave Robertson look forward to your participation in our fabulous mosaic workshops in Brisbane.  Beginner, Advanced & Special Project classes.
Student comments November 2017:

Beginner Class:   "When I attended OzMosaic Beginners course I knew not one thing about mosaics.  Boy did that change quickly!  Sandy is absolutely bursting with knowledge, enthusiasm, experience, techniques, tips, tricks and great mosaicing stories.  The workshop had a lovely welcoming and personable atmosphere and her passion for mosaicing is just so contagious.  By the end of the day I felt so motivated and confident to start my own mosaicing journey.  An absolutely fantastic day and so worthwhile for anyone who wants to try this fun craft! "    Michelle.

Advanced Course:  Wow!  Talk about value for money!  Our day was jam packed with even more information, techniques and hands on fun!  And the nicest part is that I took home a unique 3D mosaic that was my personal creation, yet made with the help of Sandy’s expert knowledge.  Not sure if the best part was smashing wine bottles, cutting glass, oozing grout, or just the great company!  I’d definitely recommend this course to challenge those further who have already done the Beginners Course.  Fantastic!".   Michelle

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Learn to mosasic or update your mosaic skills.  Fun, creative and wonderfully addictive.

Your mosaic teacher, Sandy Robertson, looks forward to meeting you and sharing the joy of mosaics!
Beginner classes, advanced, 3D, smalti.  Learn the pique assiette method, mixed media, push-in, mosaic on mesh, indirect and many other methods with Sandy's famous mosaic tips and tricks!

What colour grout should you use?  What is thinset?  What mosaic tools are needed for smalti, glass, mirror and ceramic?

Use your imagination, explore Sandy's studio and mosaic store;  be inspired to create mosaics for your home, gifts, garden and who knows where it may lead?  Love OP shops? Sandy will help you reshape and embed found objects, precious mementos and more into your mosaic art and crafts.

Create contemporary portraits of your children, friends, loved ones, pets or adorn your pool walls, pots and floors!  
Anything is possible in mosaics!

Pools, walls, seats, pots, birdbaths, sculptures, mirrors, picture frames, cars, bathtubs, floors, windows, doors, kettles just about anything that stands still long enough to mosaic on!
OzMosaics specialises in traditional to modern mosaic techniques - from flat, mixed media, 3-D, whimsical and sculptural.


August 2016 saw the installation of the mosaic mural commission for University of Queensland Water Engineering - Level 1 of the Advanced Engineering Building.
 *more info here

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Dynasty smalti is beautiful for making interesting tesserae in your glass kiln!
Use your Leponitt mosaic wheeled cutters, standard tile nippers or Hammer & Hardie to shape this beautiful tesserae.   
Compare OzMosaics prices on smalti, millefiori, Weldbond, Leponitt tools, files, grouting accessories, Mac Glue, Laticrete products, hammer and hardies, glass tiles, mirror, sealers, mosaicstandard/sticky mesh - and more!

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Students travel from interstate and overseas to learn Sandy's mosaic tips and tricks and absorb the creative atmosphere, with a devoted mosaic teacher.

Follow this link to set up your free online OzMosaics Mosaic Store Account or log-in and enjoy the great specials at OzMosaics Web Shop!

Hope you find some creative mosaic time in 2018!

The Mosaic Professionals

Mundubbera Mosaic Project 2014

Mundubbera Regional Art Gallery
Mundubbera Regional Art Gallery
Address: Lyons St, Mundubbera Qld
Phone: 07 4165 6169

OzMosaics:   Mosaic Workshop 2014
Create a Mosaic Mural featuring the Mundubbera Grevillea.

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Thanks go to everyone involved in this project, too many names to list here.  We are always made so welcome in Mundubbera and it's a joy to once again be involved in a community art project.

Project:     Sandra Robertson (mosaic artist) working with community participants to create a mosaic mural to be installed on the entry wall to the Mundubbera Regional Art Gallery.
Size:          1.5 x 1.0 m
Design:     by Sandra Robertson -  OzMosaics,  based on the Mundubbera Grevillea and info from Gallery Committee.
Substrate:    Border Mosaic and base  - Cement Sheeting .      Central motif, raised 2cm: Light Weight Mosaic Board (supplied by OzMosaics)

Tesserae:  Dynasty Smalti glass, Vitreous Mosaic tiles, wine bottle using Sandy's special mosaic effects, ceramic tile (All materials supplied by OzMosaics)

Adhesives:  Laticrete thinset & epoxy paste (supplied by OzMosaics)
Waterproof Membrane:  Laticrete Hydroban (supplied By OzMosaics)
Grout:  Laticrete Permacolour - Raven and Midnight Black (supplied by OzMosaics)

Tools: Leponitt Mosaic Wheeled Cutters, Nippers, Glass & Tile Scoring Tool, mixers, sponges, notched spreaders, gloves, safety glasses (provided by OzMosaics on loan)

Health & Safety:  Safety glasses and special mosaic safety tips from OzMosaics

Time frame:  Drive up Thursday, work with participants Friday to Monday to complete the mural, ready for installation by Counci.

Installation:  Screw to brick wall at 6 screw points, set out on outer mosaic frame base board.

Mosaic Methods:  Outer frame border - paper faced mosaic method with inserts of Dynasty smalti black blocks.
                                 Inner mosaic mural:  direct method to Light weight board, with special cutting methods and tips and tricks for shaping and making sections in advance.

Aim:  To produce a beautiful mosaic for the gallery entry, made by community focussing on fun, mosaic skills and connecting through mosaics -  using mosaic methods to enable fabrication of the mural over 4 days.

Funding:  Arts Queensland  RADF Regional Arts Development Fund

Thanks to Council for engaging OzMosaics for this project and all the assistance in preparing for the workshop.

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Sandy's mosaic overview of the mosaic project:

Thursday:
Sandra and David Robertson (Team OzMosaics!) set off on the 5 hour drive from Studio OzMosaics in Brisbane to the country town of Mundubbera in Queensland, on Thursday 28th March 2014.  As usual, we enjoyed the beautiful country scenery and Sandy took hundreds of photos!

On arrival in Mundubbera late afternoon, we quickly settled into our comfortable accommodation at the Caravan Park and drove around to the Mundubbera & District Historical Museum.  Well worth a visit!
We unpacked a very loaded car full of mosaic materials and set up in the spacious Shed.  We appreciated the tables, urn and space to make the mosaic mural.  Everyone was very helpful and keen to help us get set up for the Friday morning start of the project.

Friday:
Arrived very early to have all ready to go and everyone got stuck into adhering paper faced tiles (with smalti block raised inserts) to the base board.  The participants learnt to mix thinset, use notched trowels to apply the thinset to the cement sheeting (which had been prepped with waterproof membrane in Brisbane, to allow curing time ahead of the project).  After the tiles were set up, paper facing was removed and Sandy showed some of her mosaic tips and tricks to keep things lined up easily when doing this method.  Everyone helped to grout the outer "frame" section and polish and clean up the grout.

Next came instruciton on cutting smalti glass bricks, how to shape the cuts to go around curves and then "down the straight";  cutting vitreous mosaic tile and after a while many yellow and lemon "curls and swirls" were made and set aside to adhere to the central mosaic grevillea motif.  Special mosaic techniques allowed this process -making sections ahead of time.  A very busy day and everyone looked forward to the next day.

Saturday:  A really, hot, hot day!  Luckily with two fans and the shed doors up we managed ok, but the heat was hard on the cement adhesives.  We had to mix and bag very small amounts often and in normal circumstances, I would have called a mosaic halt until it cooled down, due to the adhesive hassles, but we soldiered on and all was well!  That night a big storm cooled things down a little and everyone was very grateful for the rain of course.  It was another busy and happy day, all working together.  Sections were placed on the light weight board panel, which we have previously transferred the mosaic design outlines, very easily, with an OzMosaics tip.  Originally, I planned to use the mosaic mesh method, but decided in the time frame we had, to do the direct method and specialty preparation methods.  This worked very well. I was very proud of the work done by all the participants and enjoyed the conversations around the work tables.

Much time was spent cutting mosaic glass tiles into half and quarter cuts and some angles to backfill the centre panel, to show case the grevillea.  Much discussion resulted in very interesting andamento and it all worked very well.  Cutting and gluing down the background was a big mosaic effort, using thinset as adhesive in the heat.  Well done everyone!  The mix of black, gold streaked brown, reflective surface black tiles, greena and gold streaked tiles, was approved by all!  It was good to see everyone working hard together and enjoying the process and I know there would be a few tired arms, backs and legs with such a big effort.  I could have raised the mosaic on boxes, but it is hard to accommodate everyone's height etc, so we all agreed to "let it be" and get on with the backgound.  The lovely curves around the grevillea bloom look so lovely, as do the strong lines achieved by Opus Regulatum and vermiculatum etc etc!

Sunday:  By now the first layer of lemon and yellow curly fronds were glued to the central panel and more background applied.  I put some treated wine bottle and beer bottle glass to demonstrate how the 3-D Grevillea stalk and leaves would be achieved.  We could not glue this down until evening, as the background tiles had to set up.  The background was grouted in the afternoon and everyone was happy with the results.  Sunday evening arrived and two ladies stayed back until 10 pm (also on the Saturday night) to work on the mural.  By working evenings, it allowed people to help who were not able to attend during the day workshop sessions.  People could come and go as they wished and Sunday was a very busy day at the Shed.  We also started another mural "The Mundubbera Big Foot" and I showed how to make light weight board out of polystyrene, how to reinforce and apply the mesh/thinset.  This was exciting and I also showed how to enlarge patterns easily.   Two young children arrived on the scene and another local artist and together with others the Big Foot started to emerge.  I look forward to seeing the final mosaic as it was still under way when we left on Monday; by keen mosaic enthusiasts!

Sunday night:  The stalk and leaves were applied over the grouted background.  This takes time and thanks to Roslyn who did such a great job - great teamwork indeed!!  Loris kept working hard on the Big Foot.  A huge strom broke over Mundubbera and the power went out a few times.  Lucikily we had a small desk light to try and work by (not easy with dark tiles and Midnight black thinset!) as the solar power takes a little time to come back on and then it would go off again!  Once more, we were not complaining too much as the rain was gratefully received, it was an amazing storm though.  It cooled down a little after the big storm and once the Shed door were open again and the lights back on we worked until late.  We were grateful for the fridge and cold water.

Monday:  Very early start again, Dave as usual always in the background, helping to tidy, sweep, mix, remove rubbish and whatever needs doing.  Thanks so much Dave.  We had a huge job to get everything packed up to depart on Monday afternoon back to Brisbane, but in the meantime had to finish grouting the smalti (on Sunday night another lighter lemon frond layer was applied) which was by now quite 3-D.  The stalk and leaves had to be scrubbed up and cleaned, this was lovely to see it revealed from under the layer of black tihinset applied on Sunday night.   It was good to have company as people arrived early and helped with the scrubbing of the background and general clean up of the mural.   We glued the central panel to the backpanel and it lined up very well!  Once this was setting up, we filled in the gap between the lower and upper level and polished with vinegar and water to remove grout haze etc.  Next came the final gloss sealer, which really enhances the tesserae and grout.

Dave dug out tiles in the outer frame section,  to allow for the screw points at installation time.  We were going to assist with installation but Council were happy to install after we departed, which was good as it allows the mosaic time to rest on a flat surace and cure well over a couple of days.  

We arrived home in Brisbane around 8.30pm.  On the drive home from  Mundubbera I photographed a stunning rainbow, which seemed fitting after such a project.
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Dave and I look forward to returning to Mundubbera to see the mosaic installed at the Art Gallery and to catch up again with our mosaic friends.  

Whilst we were at Mundubbera Dave found time to visit the school and see the Centenary mosaics installed.  Here are some photos.  
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Thanks again!
Sandra Robertson
Mosaic Artist
Mosaic Instructor
Studio OzMosaics


 

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New in Store! Ceramic tiles & more!

OzMosaics are proud to bring hand made ceramic mosaic tesserae to our online Mosaic Store!  
Hand made by a Queensland ceramic artist with mosaic input from OzMosaics, it's exciting to have ceramic mosaic inclusions for our customer, clients and students to mix into their mosaic creations and artworks.
Loose leaves. pots and petals sell fast.
Contact Dave for special order or watch the shop for new arrivals.
For info on how to order and info about the ceramics visit these links and explore the products in store:
Ceramics for your mosaics  
Take a look at the ceramic flowers

Hammer and Hardie

Mosaic Hammer & Hardie traditional tools and modern PORTABLE desk top Hardies are now available from OzMosaics Web Shop - Tools Dept
The H&H will cut, shape, slice and dice your smalti, marble and a range of mixed media.  

Use your imagination and mix and match tesserae.
Sandy likes to use both the Leponitt Mosaic Wheeled Cutter and a Hammer and Hardie  for efficient shaping of mosaic tesserae.
From traditional to contemporary mosaic art, mosaic tools are at your fingertips. Explore.

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OzMosaics provides a safe, happy environment for the making of mosaics! award-mosaic

Situatied in the hills of Coorparoo, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia our grand old Queenslander provides a mosaic haven for mosaic artists.

Students visit from around the world to learn with Sandy Robertson. 

Dave Robertson, Customer Service & Sales Manager takes pride in running the business, co-ordinating the Mosaic School and Workshops, plus shipping out mosaic orders on a daily basis! 

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