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Ceramic tesserae - OzMosaics Mosaic Store

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Sandy says:
It's very exciting to be collaborating with a very talented ceramic artist to produce mosaic ceramic tesserae for my clients, customers and students (and myself!) to include as special features, hightlighs and texture in our mosaics.

Each ceramic is made to order to up to 2-3 weeks is required to produce and deliver your special ceramic tesserae.  Flora, the ceramic artist, explains the process below and mosaic artists will understand the comparabile time and effort that goes into producing the ceramic tesserae.

From square tiles (great for borders or use your mosaic imagination!) to circles large and small, little pots (wonderful to add fun and interest in your mosaic murals), exquisite, luxurious floral blooms (mix and match in your mosaic art with your hand cut china and more!), loose petals, leaves and lots more to come!  I recommend these inclusions as I have often searched for something "extra special" to hightlight my mosaic art and now I am very happy to have these beautiful ceramics to do just this.    

Keep an eye in the shop, check back regularly as Flora and I explore the possibilites of this wonderful ceramic tesserae.   Send me your ideas for mosaic ceramic inclusions; Catherine and I will be pleased to explore all suggestions!

Ceramic artist Flora says, "my favourite part in ceramics is the pouring & making the items. It is like opening a Christmas present every time I open a mold & a wonder to me that I have made it, fascinating."Mosaic artist Sandy says,  "it's wonderful to have these exquisite ceramics to include in my mosaic art, I continually find the colours and texture beautiful to work with".  

We are very fortunate to have this beautiful ceramic tesserae available and hand made in Australia.

About the ceramic making process:

From the ceramic artist, Flora....
I have great joy creating ceramics and supplying OzMosaics with a mosaic range;  a mix of hand made and poured from a mould - ceramic flowers, petal, leaves, tiles and pots and more.  

The clay used is Duncan's Laguna with a mixture of brands for the glazes, underglazes & translucents paints.Before pouring commences, the molds have to be cleaned using an air hose, brush & other tools as required then strapped tight so no leakage of clay. The mold is topped up with wet clay until the desired thickness, then the mold is emptied leaving the shell or actual item. The piece needs to dry somewhat in the mold before it can be opened but not too long as it can crack as it shrinks. While the piece is wet, it can be carved into pieces or have cut outs done such as windows on a house.

Once the item is removed from the mold it needs to dry further which is known as leather dry, then is has to be cleaned by hand using sandpaper, wet sponge & tools to perfect the edges & shape  -- then they are fired for approx 8 to 9 hours which is called a Greenware Fire & they turn to Bisqueware.The cooling process is normally 3 times the fire time & then the pieces can be painted.  

When painting with glazes each piece needs 3 coats & each coat needs to be dried before applying the next which in winter time can take a while.  Then they are ready for the Glaze firing which takes approx 6 to 7 hours.  

When a piece is glazed, it can be used for outdoors and is dishwasher safe.Sandy says:  A lot of time, love, experience, talent and care goes into every ceramic created by the talent Flora.


Ceramics are made to order and may take up to 2-3 weeks for delivery.

Option 1:  A mixed order of ceramics and other products will be held until the ceramics are made.
                 This may take up to 2-3 weeks.
Option 2:  Order ceramics on a separate order.  

Please contact us if you wish to discuss the ceramic order.


Hammer and Hardie

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Hammer and Hardie mosaic tools 
Dynasty smalti glass tile!



Attend a Smalti Mosaic Workshop at OzMosaics!

Each student has the opportunity to use a hammer and hardie, Leponitt wheeled mosaic cutters, scorer tool and side nippers to shape the smalti glass tile.
Find which tool suits you and your style of mosaics.
OzMosaics sells Italian made Hammer and Hardies.
Browse and select from our wonderful range of Dynasty smalti.
The modern portable Hardie is a great idea to move your hardie workspace around your studio, workbenches, outside or travelling to worksite or mosaic workshops.

You can select your mosaic hammer from medium to heavy weight.
You can shape your smalti with side nippers and Leponitt Wheeled mosaic cutters but the hammer and hardie is an added luxury and very useful for breaking down large pieces of glass, smalti, stone and marble etc.

If your hands ache or you can't achieve all the shapes and edging you wish with the wheeled nippers or side nippers, a hammer and hardie suite of tools is a great investment.  It's in your hands to bring traditional and contemporary tools and materials, techniques and inspiration to your mosaic art and craft.

Mosaic Blog Articles by Sandy Robertson

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Welcome to OzMosaics Blog!

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A fun-filled, mosaic weekend was enjoyed by all students, Glorious Brisbane May weather found us all making 3-D Floral Mosaics;  beautiful mosaic projects with so much mosaic information from mosaic teacher, Sandy Robertson.  

2016 mosaic weekend pj flowers

-A mosaic mural project  was completed and installed in 2016 at the University of Queensland, Water Engineering.
Mosaic workshops continue to be busy and filled with budding mosaic artists and mosaic artists wishing to update their mosaic skills, Sandy Style!






The Centenary Mural at Meandarra State School has been completed - a very busy time for 18 days at Meandarra working with the school students, teachers, families and community.  The mosaic wall features two fabulous mosaic murals. Well done Meandarra, Queensland!

Workshops have been booked out and very busy!  Thanks to all our students who travel from near and far to attend mosaic classes and workshops with mosaic artist Sandy Robertson.
Dave Robertson has been busy all year filling orders in the online mosaics webshop and studio store.  Thanks to all our students, clients and customers for your continued support and patronage of OzMosaics mosaic studio.

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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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