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You will love Sandy's workshops!
Fun + inspiration + professional tuition!
Sandy will be running a mosaic workshop in Canberra in September 2019!
Enjoy the MAANZ Symposium + Floriade + Mosaics!
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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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High Tea at the Wesley Hospital - May 2012 - mosaics, fine china, art, community

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2High Tea at The Wesley Hospital
- Palliative Care Service
"Valuing the Human Spirit"....
 Fundraiser and Mosaic mural on display.
31st May 2012



100Dave and I attended The High Tea at The Wesley Hospital. On entry to the hospital Auditorium, we were amazed at the beautiful balloon sculptures in purple shades - simply stunning decor and design.  Tables were jammed packed with attendees who enjoyed scrumptious sandwiches, cakes, hot food, chocolate and more! Champagne, juice, tea and coffee were plentiful and there was an excited buzz in the room.

The inspirational Guest Speaker, Gary Parsons and Sharon Parsons, famous for their book "The Legacy Run" (garyandsharonparsons.com) brought tears and laughter to everyone.  Running 70km day after day and breaking so  many world records, made one realise anything is possible, if we have a dream, a support team, desire and passion to succeed, or simply strive to improve!  Their message can be applied to all our lives.  Buy the book and help funds to Legacy and enjoy a fabulous read - a motivational and true story.

butterfly-mosaic-baseMosaic Mural and mosaic butterflies:
Thanks must go to Liz Heber and her art community who work so hard at all times to bring these art fund raising ideas together.
Liz Heber is a very special person and has a heart of gold, caring and passionate about her art and includes other artists in her journey.


401Liz Heber, Liz and Friends art shows are a huge part of the Wesley Fundraising for Palliative Care.  If you know Liz Heber you know about her passion and it rubs off on everyone.  OzMosaics are proud to know Liz and help with fundraising, by being guest artists at the Wesley Art Show each year.  2011 I ran the idea by Liz of guests, patients, friends, supporters etc to the Wesley, could put down a piece on a mosaic on mesh mural in progress.  Liz thought "great idea Sandy!" and so it happened.

bb8Members of BAC Bribie Art Centre, Liz & Friends, Palliative Care patients, families and friends, doctors, nurses, children, visitors to the art show, friends of Sandy's Mosaic Addicts Group, Sandy's mum Shirley Hinkley and many, many others helped to piece the mosaic together at OzMosaics studio and at the hospital. 

It's important in this type of community mural, to keep the individual art works in tact.  It's not for the leading artist to fiddle and change art from the heart mosaics, it's simply to encase the little original artworks and meld them together in the mosaic "bigger picture".  So what if a tile is crooked, it was placed with passion and love.  We outlined the little works of art and painted, dotted and brought it all together on one large board.  A border of flowers was added by enthusiastic mosaic addicts at OzMosaics mosaic studio, with laughter and a few emotional tears as we remembered visiting the patients in the hospital.  A slide show of hands placing pieces by the patients and some of the hospital visitors is shown under community art link on our website.

4Many tossed a gold coin into a mosaic pot to help raise funds for the  Palliative Care Unit.  The mural was made with passion and money raised was much appreciated.  OzMosaics donated all materials, fabrication of the mural,  and time and Carol from Gum Blossom Cottage donated some glass mosaic fused flowers, which were included in the mural.  Thank you Carol. 

Dave made up a temporary frame, painted it black and he delivered the main mural to the hospital on Wednesday night, during the function set up.  On Thursday, Dave and Sandy attended the High Tea and also delivered 3 large 3-D butterflies and one cute mosaic "bird" (the bird was made on the opening night of the art show and is very cute!)...very special memories in this mosaic bird.    Thanks to doctors, nurses, hospital workers, committee and show attendees for donating and sticking down a Bling tile!!

The High Tea MC, Jenny Woodward (Weather presenter ABC news) was marvellous and it was so good to meet her in person.
I was surprised and thrilled to be called up to the stage to receive a wonderful thank you, on behalf of all participants in the mural making and a lovely box of flowers.  It means so much to so many people and I share the thanks with you all.

The mural and butterflies/bird will be installed in the Courtyard area, rooftop, outside of the Palliative Care Unit.  We hope it brings some bright cheer and it matches the mosaic table OzMosaics donated last year to the garden.  Over the years, we hope to add more mosaics, with the help of mosaic addicts group and other interested people.

Lots of people worked hard and donated time, energy, support, services, money, raffles (we look forward to meeting the winner of the mosaic course at OzMosaics Raffle ticket) and thanks to everyone!  OzMosaics encourages everyone to get involved in your community, in some shape or form and grow together. Many helping hands make light work and add a bright moment to your day and others around you.aa1  At the Liz and Friends Art Show at the Wesley Hospital last year, OzMosaics and helpers also made lots of mosaic Christmas decorations to help fundraise.








Images and artwork  (c) OzMosaics 2012
Please contact OzMosaics for permission use any images/artwork or info on this website.
What's next in OzMosaics Art from the Heart Community Projects?  Complete the Steve Irwin Safari themed mural, started on Steve Irwin Day 2011.
Members of Sandys Mosaic Addicts Group are welcome to help on Community Art Murals on the Mosaic Addict Day - Tuesdays (MAD!)
Contact OzMosaics for more information.

Moving across from stained glass artworks to mosaic art .....

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Extract from a post on the Mosaic Addicts Yahoo Forum that may be of interest:

Scenario:
You may have been a stained glass artist for up to 15 years and wanting a change from solder and foiling..more texture and freedom from perfect cuts.

At the risk of a thousand glass shards being thrown in my direction, I would
like to say "I know where you are coming from". I truly admire stained glass artists, I tried the soldering and foiling for a few minutes and ran from the room screaming, I knew instantly it was not for me, but I love the stained glass artworks. If I want a window or artwork I will buy it or commission it but mosaics are really in my blood.
Obviously your passion was stained glass for 15 years and I am sure many mosaicists have tried many art/craft arenas.
I love stained glass windows, one above the spa bath in our en suite, I commissioned over 20 years ago and adore it to this day.
I have a front veranda with huge windows, which we will replace with safety
glass first to support the proposed mosaic, begging for my stained glass and
mixed mosaics but it will take me quite a while to do the design in mind,
which involves hundreds of wine bottles, stewed and melted and reshaped into
glass that represents fungi and well, that's another story unfolding here
but it's so exciting the possibilities it's almost a meltdown!

Everything we do adds layers to our knowledge base and artistic instincts.
I love to see arts and craft mediums melding and expanding in new
directions.
When I visited stained glass art studious in USA, I was more interested in
the tools, materials and weird things I could do to bring the techniques
over to my mosaic world LOL! I have them all in my studio now and they are
doing more than they were meant to!

I was full of admiration for their stained glass art and skills but I was
out of my comfort zone. I even own a glass kiln and test out many unusual
materials etc when time allows. I suppose to be honest, it's the "flatness"
that takes the mosaic mojo from me.

When I look at a stained glass window, I want to add layers to it, textures,
weird I know. When I have this urge, I create multi layered glass mosaics
and adore the light effects and shadows. Stacking, piling, out of kilter,
it's awesome. But after a while I even tire of that. It's wonderful mosaic
art can follow so many directions.

Last night I dreamt of a mosaic I wish to create, that is making me weak at
the knees with excitement using transparent glass of all shapes and sizes,
it is on the back-burner for now.

You will love MAC glue if you wish to glue glass to glass, with transparent
effects or Clear Liquid Nails which offers many solutions. But why not have
stained glass mosaic artworks with opaque and translucent effects and
layering? Tinted thinsets, epoxy grouts etc will add drama and we won't go
into the hair, glitter, sequins, paper, foils, painted backdrops, wording,
symbols, lace, leaves, doilies etc as mosaic "undergarments"...

I have been doing these things for over 10 years and each day still brings
new discoveries.

Your mosaic substrate may be sturdy glass and you build on that. Imagine
working on glass lamp shades, you may find that it's so much fun! No more
connect the glass with solder, foiling etc you are now free to connect to
the base with adhesives. You may grout or not. So many possibilities.
Dangling things, stacked things..with the special effects. But, consider
the foil and solder, why not include it in your mosaics..think outside the
square. Play with the solder, play with the foil, shape it, break it, bend
it, twist it, combine it..take it to places no one else has though of...

Not a perfect cut is required! You can if you want to..but grout and
thinset is your friend. You may find yourself lost in stones, shells,
breaking them down, combining them with glass, vitreous mosaic tile, smalti,
marble...

To me if a mosaic materials require constant sanding of edges, they may hit
the mosaic sin bin in a hurry until I decide how to get around it. The
occasional swipe of a tile file ok but upsweeps of grout and thinset usually
do the job, perfect camouflage and melding of materials.....grout spaces
don't have to be perfect as do most stained glass works.

Grout spaces can be enhanced in your design. Grout is part of your art not
the stuff that fills in the gaps. You don't have to grout, it's up to what
the project is demanding of you.

If you want, you can "pipe" thinset (cement glue) over the glass joins and
create a really easy stained glass effect and the results are stunning.
Multiple colours, layers, things pushed in..you can reinvent your stained
glass self in mosaics. Nail polish is awesome.

Do you have a pair of mosaic glass and tile nippers, brand name "Leponitt"?
These wheeled cutters are magical, you feel you are working with mosaic
scissors. You will already be very proficient in scoring, curves, straight
lines etc, the Leponitt cutter will allow you to cut "weird and wonderful
shapes" freely and I suppose the point of this, is I could not live without
my Leps, hammer, tile and glass scorer/breaker combo tool (no oil ever!).

Actually, I lie, if I did not have the Leps, I would smash, drop, bang, toss
plates, china, tiles, glass etc and be able to continue mosaics and have
much "stress release" at the tesserae smashing table! If I did not have my
glasses, I wonder what my mosaics would be working to touch. I may try that
next week. It intrigues me.

You can turn your stained glass into wonderful tesserae and combine the
stained glass with other mosaic materials.

Consider smalti, ceramic, plates, cups, stone, slate, mirror, baubles, found
objects, wine bottles.the list goes on. Nothing is sacred and the more you
explore the more exciting it gets. You will find what moves you in mosaics,
be true to yourself. Be warned, it's addictive. Free yourself from
constraint and find a hammer.

I think many stained glass mosaic artists easily transfer their stained
glass patterns into mosaic designs, replacing the solder, foil etc with
black grout. You might find you need to "break away" from the norm to get
more personality into stained glass mosaics. Often the comment is "that
mosaic looks like a stained glass artwork". If someone told me my mosaic
resembled stained glass art I would hit myself on the head with a hammer.
LOL!

Nothing wrong with that, but take care you don't end up in the same puddle.
This is your chance to try something new bringing your current skills to the
mosaic table. Don't rely simply on the stained glass effects, re streaky
glass that almost colours the mosaic in for you, try breaking it down into
mosaic and allows more movement and flow (opus and andamento are terms to
describe mosaic design and flow in a mosaic". Look it up. Grab as many
books as you can from the Library or spend half your life on Google, group
and Facebook etc.the more you see the more you will learn. If you can find a
mosaic teacher spend time to get the basics of mosaics under your tool belt.
It's not rocket science, one you have the tools, glues and methods flowing,
you can follow your mosaic mojo.

Don't follow the "mosaic flavor of the month"..try it of course, but don't
lose "yourself". It's ok to feel "gutted" along the way, that's the
learning curve when you don't hold back.

Check out the photo folders on this site and check out Google Images, it's
an awesome mosaic reference.

Please feel free to ask for advice or share your mosaic journey with the
group. There are many stained glass mosaicists, both professional and
newbies, on board and they will understand your "lingo" and enjoy the
banter. They will get "where you are coming from" and you will probably
bring refreshing ideas to us.

Mosaic art offers the artist the freedom to explore, to be extreme or not,
to run with traditional methods, traditional tesserae, or enter the brave
new world of modern mosaics...oscillate between then and now - it's all
there waiting for you.

Welcome to the group and thanks so much for taking time to introduce
yourself. Welcome to our mosaic world, it's exciting to have you in the
group. Sorry about the ramble, I have much on my mind at the moment, so I
just bashed this out for what it is worth.

I hope other members will chime in and share their experiences with you.
Best wishes, Sandy Robertson Group Moderator
Mosaic Addicts Yahoo Forum "MAG"

Learn to mosaic

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2012 has seen every workshop booked out!  Thanks to all our students both local, interstate and overseas!  It's been fun and a privilege to teach beginners to mosaic art and also share new techniques with experienced mosaic artists.

I hope you are all working away at your mosaic projects, big and small!  I have a project coming up in October which when printed out today, covers the entire floor of our huge family room!  Amazing and very exciting.

I am still working on the online school which will provide my students with lots of information on mosaics from beginner to avanced techniques and projects, with lots of my special tips and tricks included, of course! 

I am always updating my mosaic methods and it's so wonderful to see your excitement when you see them first hand at the Mosaic Addict Tuesdays.  I hope to have these Tuesdays and some Sundays up and running again very soon - Mosaicking mum has been unwell lately and she should be back "in class" soon helping us make the fabulous "little mosaic people and more".  Thanks to all who have shown such support for mum with cards, phone calls, emails and visits.  It means so much to the whole family.

Lots of magic pink mosaic light has been filtering into the hospital and I wave the old Starlight wand regularly!  Lots of prayers and kind words seem to work their own special healing, don't they?

My kiln will be "dusted off" next week and lots of new batches of Mosaic Meltdowns will be revealed, I have some great new ideas to try, just need more time!

Looking forward to seeing you all again soon, new workshops will be available soon, once I clear the workbenches of some very exciting commissions!

That's all for now, Cheers, from "The Lady with the Leps"!

ps I have a great new way to store "mosaic cuttings" and "offcuts".  Coming soon!
Have a happy mosaic day,
Sandy...and Dave.

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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.

NEWS!

Book Now! Mosaic Classes 2019

June 2019
We are back from our adventure to China + Japan!
Very inspired.

The new smalti + substrates class in June + July 2019 are fully booked
W
eekend Workshop

Workshop A -beginner
Workshop B - advanced

Visit the workshop page for other mosaic classes, dates + info.

Please phone Dave Robertson
07 38474873 to book a workshop or purchase a gift certificate.

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Check them out in our Mosaic Web Store!
Red, yellow, PINK, orange, blues, green!
300mm x 100mm x 6mm
Perfect for mosaics!

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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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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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