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 Sandy Robertson has taught thousands of people to make beautiful mosaics over the last 2 decades at her beginner to advanced mosaic workshops in Brisbane, overseas and in many schools and communities.
Many students have gone on to run mosaic businesses and amazing artworks.  Sandy is proud of every student and knows once your hold a pair of Magical mosaic Leponitt mosaic cutting tools in your hands, it's usually the beginning of a lifetime of mosaic making.  Sandy's art is well known and she teaches diverse methods and uses a wide range of mosaic materials to turn into mosaic "tesserae".
Find your own mosaic flow (andemento) with Sandy. 
Whether you wish to create gorgeous mosaic garden pot planters,make mirrors, mosaic tables or wish to mosaic a wall - learn the basics with Sandy so every one of your mosaics lasts the distance.  Everyone can make mosaics, from kids to grandparents.  Use recycled materials and/or gorgeous glass, pebbles, stones or whatever to desire! 
Sandy will teach you how to shape, break, smash, create, glue, grout, seal ad more.  You are only limited by your imagination.  Don't just stand there, book in today!
I look forward to seeing you in your glass at Studio OzMosaics, in Brisbane.  Phone us for a chat or more info.  

Student comments:

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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Imagine yourself in a mosaic workshop.
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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OzMosaics are Australia's professional mosaic supply store.
Great value, customer service and mosaic workshops.  
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!

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Sandy's Mosaic blog

Broken for you

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Breaking up is so NOT very hard to do!

If you are considering attending my weeklong workshop in January, we will have a smashing wall!
I will also set up the big wet-saw!  Imagine making the mosaic of your dreams, what will you do?

Have you read?  Broken for You - author Stephanie Kallos  - a good read for mosaic artists

Thanks to a very close friend and mosaic addict/artist Janet Hutchinson, I am up to page 143!
Janet said "I think you will enjoy this novel, it mentions china a lot!".

So I took a couple of hours "break" (I have been working very hard and felt like resting my mosaic bones).  With a cooling breeze, curling through our Queenslander bay windows, allowing itself, uninvited (but appreciated) to caress me as I flopped on the comfy bed....I sank myself into the book.  Himself brought in a lovely milk coffee and the dunking Anzac biscuits.   Further reading of this novel will encourage a glass of champagne and chocolate for sure.  I also like the mention of coffee in the book and the feelings the book provokes in me.  I guess I get it.

I never blinked an eye when the Lady of the House smashed vintage china. I actually got up on my bed and jumped with joy.  I have been there and done that.   

....2 hours later - I have more work to do now, so I decided reluctantly to stop page 143 but also felt an overwhelming desire to share this book here in my blog as it has mosaic meaning....Yes, the story line is rather lovely and stirring, but the China smashing going on, from page 132 really appealed to me!   Many years ago, OzMosaics studio and a gathered group of mosaic addicts (including my mother) were featured on Brisbane tv.  I will dig out the video clip if I can my my recording and share it in due course.

It was great fun, we had a trampoline set up, and we all jumped on the trampoline and smashed plates against an mosaic arched wall in OzMosaics studio courtyard. The cameraman had a great time, the reporter had a jump or two and it was hilarious!  The story line started "behind the tall walls surrounding Studio OzMosaics" something special is happening.....and it was and still is!

Anyway, Janet the book really is fabulous as it reinforces what I tell my students when they worry about breaking china, whether cheap, junk, precious, heirloom or whatever.  How long has some of it sat, dusting away in a cabinet....the grumps it has had to hear from it's many dusters over the years???!

Why is a chipped piece of china less precious than perfection?  Same as human beings.  The cracks, bumps, lumps, bruises along the way build the person/character and more.  A bit of polish, even cracked up things can gleam and be special.

So, it's definitely fine to store the precious china and pass it down, over the years but it's awesome if it's used. If it isn't and it doesn't mean a thing to the next generation (not all, you know what I mean) then why not break it up and put it into a mosaic wall or mosaic arwork. Give it a new beginning that still has a history and a purpose. 

I tell my students in mosaioc class that I listed to the china, the cups, bowls etc.  I almost bless them and their makers and I hear the whispers, the tea towel fights, the conversations, secrets, tears, stories of joy and misery - I appreciate then break.

I take photos first, sometimes write the story...bless it and appreciate it........that's enough for now, the rest is for mosaic class and people who care......and a special workshop coming up in 2013.  Just know, people who scoff and ridicule pique assiette or mosaic using china are simply not getting it!  It's the way you lovingly and gently shape the pieces, the somethings incredible smashing thrill or intricate nips...it's a mosaic ceremony that binds the mosaic maker's heart to the mosaic art.

...and using mixed media mosaics, china, smalti, mirror and more....there is no end to the mosaic joy, creativity and unique art works that emerge.  Join us and experience more than meets the eye, with mosaics.

I have a double garage stacked with china and bric-a-brac, lots spilling out to the garden and elsewhere.  Each calls to be included in a mosaic mural and will do so in the Great wall of mOZ 2013.  I also have china cabinets with precious china, valuable china....and it will find it's place in due course...in a mosaic or across a series of mosaics for family and friends.

Everything has it's season.

Thanks Janet!  I will read on and know that my mosaic addict mates and students "will understand" and those who don't, that's their loss. xxxx  Share your feelings, share your mosaic stories, share your adventures in mosaic "china".

Lock up your china!  You never know when a mosaic artist is nearby!  LOL!  I hear the cups a-rattling...
PS My studio secret STASH room is off limits!  No-one goes in there but the wizard of mOZ, the Mosaic Bug and sometimes Polly from the Trolley. 

PPS - I rarely am invited to wash up or dry the dishes!!!  I wonder why?  I know what to do with broken glasses too, do you?

Fabulous Christmas gift idea

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Watch this video on OzMosaics You Tube Channel to see the mOzBag!
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tree$30 each - order from OzMosaics Studio.  38474873 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Select from our mosaic images or selected artwork by Janet Hutchinson.  The artwork in the video is by Janet and available!
Phone/email OzMosaics to discuss your own image. Ideas range from your own mosaic art, any art, photos of your family, children, pets, special photos etc.

Fill the wine carry bag with chocolates, mosaic tiles, tools or of course WINE! Buy some clean skin wines and print your own Christmas labels with a message (great Christmas card substitute!).

Light and easy to pack for a gift, easy to wash and well padded to keep bottles from clinking or breaking!

- Order now for Christmas or special occasions!


 

 

Mosaic Tip - torso - leftovers

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 torso mannequin mosaic artWhat to do with thinset (cement)  and grout leftovers?
Laticrete leftovers are awesome!

Buy a torso mannequin moulds and torso cement mix: available from OzMosaics Studio and Online Mosaic Store.

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All you need is passion, imagination, Vaseline, a mould/substrate and concrete based leftovers!

 
For over 12 years I have been using thinset in greased moulds, silicon moulds, biscuit cutter shapes, making fabulous mosaic "mouths", texturing backgrounds, freeforming in Gladwrap, on work in progress projects and stuffing into crevices in walls, paths and "whatever".   The list goes on....

However, I decided I wanted to make sculptures for the garden using mosaic leftovers.   The torso project shown here is only one of many mosaic moulds for a mosaic sculpture.  Just look around you - you will be amazed what you can transform with concrete to make fabulous artyfarty substrates.
 

  

 

 

torso mould mannequin ozmosaicsOften after teaching a mosaic workshop, I have grout/thinset/scraps leftover, or perhaps I have mixed a little too much for the adhesive/grout for a project.

Rather than discarding the leftover cement products (wrapped in newspaper and going to the landfill), I grab a greased plastic torso and spoon all the leftovers from my mixing tools, mixing bowls etc. into the prepared mould. 

 

It's a good feeling to use the leftovers in an art form and I like to watch the sculpture grow over time.

 

No matter if it’s a spoonful of cement/grout or more, instead of discarding the leftovers, create a concrete sculpture (mini or maxi!)

 

-Simply grease (use Vaseline or similar) any suitable vessel/mould and start filling with the “mosaic leftovers”.

-Consider if you want to toss in some smalti scraps, shards, keys, rocks, screws, china, whatever to adorn the front of the sculpture. Perhaps chunks of polystyrene that you can remove later if you want little caves or places to add some 3-D mosaics later on.  Barbed wire can be awesome!
-Add some hooks or wire loops, if required - you might want to hang things on the front later on. 

-Whether still a wet mix, dry or lumpy, toss it in and mush it all together.

-Throw those bits of mesh, chicken wire, shards, polystyrene, whatever ---  and watch your mosaic sculpture grow over time. --Using polystyrene will "lighten" the completed torso or sculpture.

 

torso-wip-ozmosaicsI like to use plastic torsos as moulds.

 

 

Sometimes I make the full torso but I also love the more arty look of a “decaying torso”.

 

I am a bit bored with the full torso, currently I like a more broken down look.

 

To take away the boring boutique shaped torso, try greasing cardboard or plastic/objects etc to “fence off” some of the mould shape to create something different. 

 

 

Try making free form moulds from a mix of diluted  Weldbond/wet sand, draped with plastic/Gladwrap  (Ceranwrap)-  for interesting effects.

 

You can check the progress of your sculpture anytime as long as the leftovers are setup.

 

Just turn it out and take a look.

 

Want more? No problem.  Put the w.i.p.  sculpture back in the mould and keep adding leftovers.

 

Make sure you have some “wet mix” to blend in all the more crumbly leftovers.

 

Use your imagination and create “holes”, special effects etc with other greased items in the wip sculpture.

Great impressions are made from greased leaves, metal objects, cardboard tubes, plastics etc. Just remember to grease each item.

 

You can create smooth sculptures, ancient look, or combos. Use different thinset/grout colours for more special  effects.

 

After turning out your completed sculptures, decide to decorate in mosaic, paint or not!

 

torso-mould-torsoOf course, you can push in any decoration during the making of the torso, on the back/front/sides.  You can add wires or bars to extend the sculpure or leave exposed fibreglass mosaic mesh to add decorative beading, wires etc.  It's up to you whether you fill the mould or make interesting "half baked" sculptures.  That's the fun of it.

 

We have made great torsos at OzMosaics and the chicken wire can be trailing form the torso to shape for vines, wings; hundreds of special effects are waiting for you!

 

The photos show a wip torso.

 

 

 

 

 

cement-flowersSilicon moulds are great for cupcakes, flower shapes etc.  All you need is a tub of Vaseline, thinset/grout and your imagination.

 

Sometimes, we simply put the thinset leftovers on Gladwrap, roll it up and shape quirky mouths, leaves etc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

cupcakes-thinsetTry flattening out thinset and use  a greased cookie cutter/shape – create some interesting tesserae to adorn with mosaic, shards or paint.  There are many other special effects using thinset I teach my students – it’s a never ending joy. 

 

When greasing the "torso" or mould, use the Vaseline sparingly!  The Vaseline will even leave an impression. 

Use it to your advantage! 

Leaves, screws, shards! Consider interesting items to put on the greased inner side of the mould before plonking down all the leftovers! Just remember to GREASE all items that you don't want stuck permanently into the sculpture. 

If you want a smooth look, make up some fresh thinset and spread it over the back of the mould and allow to cure;  we have even set pots into the base of the mould so when it's turned out you have a pot set in the torso to plant and decorate.  Some also have chicken wire installed for very arty trelllis etc for plant vines etc.


If you want to hang the torso, simply insert the hanging hardware into the thinset during the build of the concrete scultpure. Easy!!!!

 

mosaic-mannequin-scuplptureSome torsos may not balance after turning out of the mould.  I have successfully, inserted house bricks into the torso base during "construction" and it is a perfect base -with so many options from there!
Tip: grease the bricks or wrap in Gladwrap - this enables you to remove the brick support bases if you are transporting the torso or wish to change the support base - otherwise cement them in!
Tip: I move the fully poured torsos about the workbench by placing the torso on a wheeled bench trolley (Dave makes them for me or make one from an office chair -that's another tip in the workshops)...called Molly the Trolley! ...dedicated to my Grandmother.

Have fun, share your photos with me! 
Attend an OzMosaics Mosaic Week Retreat
and make your own mosaic mannequin or
garden sculpture.
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For more OzMosaics tips and tricks, book into a mosaic workshop.
Have you made your Christmas or gift decorations using tin lids and mosaic?

All my mosaic artworks with the "leftovers" are formed using Laticrete Australia products.
You may wish to test your sculptures if using other products to ensure a "good turnout".
No responsibility is accepted by OzMosaics for your sculpture experiments.
OzMosaics recommends you make professional torsos or mosaic sculptures according to the cement product specificiations.

Laticrete have a wonderful cement product which was recommended to me for the mosaic torsos -I use it to make strong, sturdy torso substrates for my clients and for professional instruction in my mosaic workshops.
The Leftover Project in this blog - is for fun and for experimenting.

(c) OzMosaics 2012  All Rights Reserved
Please acknowledge Sandy Robertson -  Studio OzMosaics if you link/reproduce/print etc this article or use in your workshops.

NEWS!

SPECIAL NOTICE!
Keeping our students' health and safety in mind as a priority, OzMosaics will not list workshop dates until the coronavirus situation is more clear.
Please email Dave to be on the waiting list when dates are issued or check back to this website or our FB page regularly.

OZMOSAICS ONLINE SHOP  is open!
Dave is busy processing and shipping orders and taking every care with your order.

Our couriers are working hard, with special health and handling strategies set in place, on all incoming and despatched goods and parcels.

We will keep the service going, unless the couriers are halted, or any stocks are depleted.

It may be a good idea to order in for special projects on the go or for your supplies during isolation etc.

OZMOSAICS STUDIO STORE
at Coorparoo, is open by APPOINTMENT ONLY!

Dave is staggering customer shopping times to keep contact to a minimum for our customers.
Please do not bring children to OzMosaics at this time.

We respectfully ask visitors to OzMosaics Studio, to avail themselves of our facilities to wash their hands thoroughly on leaving and departure.

We are sanitizing our credit card machines, counter, hands, desk equipoment, doorknobs etc to in-line with health guidelines.

Please phone or email OzMosaics 07 38474873 for more info.

If you wish to order and pay ahead, you may arrange this with Dave and have your goods left just inside the studio gate.

We hope you stay healthy and well.  It's a challenging time for everyone and we need to pull together, be kind, sharing, thoughtful and helpful to others.


You may find being creative with mosaic art and craft helps your emotional well-being, during this unsettling time.

Make some gifts early this year, (mirrors, picture frames, murals, etc) or consider making lovely mosaic garden pots for Spring!

Make a mural with your family or have some me-time to be creative.

Kids love mosaics, check out our mosaic grids for youngsters to keep them occupied!

Mosaic art is good therapy for everyone, takes your mind off the virus for a while and keeps your hands busy!

Mosaic hugs from Sandy and Dave.

maanz warrior mosaic ozmosaicsArt Prize!
MAANZ 2019 New Horizons Award goes to Sandy Robertson!
Read about it here.

Book Now! Mosaic Classes 2020
On hold during the coronavirus crisis.

Special notice:
Oct 2019
Workshops are on hold until Sandy's foot injury is healed.
Contact Dave to be added to the waiting lists. Thank
you!
Thanks to everyone for your flowers, cards, well wishes, and support.  We will advise as soon as workshops are up and running again.  Dave and I are grateful for all our customers and students for your continued support of the OzMosaics Studio Shop and Online Store.
We look forward to seeing you all again soon at the workshops and we will be refreshed with lots of new techniques and fun!     


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ozmosaics-australian-owned-proudly-australianOzMosaics has offers 2 comfy rooms for students if they wish to stay at the studio whilst attending a mosaic workshop in Brisbane.
Stay on site and close to the mosaic action.  Check for availability and costs on the workshop page and feel free to phone us for a chat.

It's always fun, busy and exciting at Studio OzMosaics - never, ever a dull moment.  OzMosaics provides a wonderful mosaic haven - our Mosaic Workshops in Australia will inspire and excite you.  We have everything you need, classes, tools, equipment, supplies and inspiration,  Get the best start possible with a workshop at Studio OzMosaics or upgrade your skills with Sandy in an advanced class.

Hammer | Hardie TOOL

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.

2018 MAANZ Qld Exhibition

MAANZ QUEENSLAND BRANCH
2018 MOSAIC ART EXHIBITION

Mosaic Association of Australia & New Zealand
presented
54 mosaics!
It was a wonderful exhibition atPercolator Gallery.

Mosaic Sandy Robertson award

I was thrilled to receive A Highly Commended Award for "Made to Last!".
Thanks to our judges Ian Skippen, Kylie Farrelly and Pamela Irving.
The Opening Night Party and Awards was so much fun and the gallery was packed to the rafters!
Thanks to all who attended.
Sandy Robertson

MAANZ (Mosaic Assn. of Australia & New Zealand)
Queensland Branch Rep.

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About us

 

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! 

There is never a dull moment at OzMosaics - we hope to meet you or make friends on Facebook.

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