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Smalti Mosaic Workshop

Smalti Weekend Workshop 
Studio OzMosaics
Coorparoo Brisbane Queensland Australia.

Learn to shape & use stunning Dynasty smalti to create a beautiful mosaic.
Dynasty smalti is available in a wide range of shades and is affordable.

Max 6 students
Mosaic design tips, explore the colour wheel, smalti cutting techniques, tinted adhesives, hammer & hardie, nippers, fabrication methods and more!

Deposit:  $100 
Duration:  Weekend  9 - 5.30 pm both days
2023 class dates, project images etc to be advised.
Project:  Mosaic Leaf & Samplers

-pattern/tools provided during workshop
-use Weldbond, Prep Glue, tinted cement thinset and epoxy for special effects.
-shape and nip Dynasty smalti using standard tile nippers, Leponitt mosaic tile wheeled nippers and hammer & hardie desk top tool.
-traditional and contemporary smalti mosaic techniques/design tips and tricks.
-OzMosaics stocks and sells the full range of Dynasty smalti in mosaic blocks and bricks!  A huge range of shades including gold leaf topped smalti.

-Smalti and adhesive supplied for workshop samples. Students may purchase more if required to continue at home.
-Learn when to grout and when not to grout smalti! Explore mixed media + smalti!

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Smalti glass can be used on it's own or a combo of mixed media mosaic materials for beautiful art works:

Mosaic Artist Sandy Robertson has produced many mosaic artworks featuring smalti.

Some murals were fabricated entirely from smalti and others included a mix of smalti /mixed media to created Sandy's unique 3-D mosaic artworks.  Visit Canungra, Marian Valley, Queensland to view OzMosaics Smalti mural commissioned by the Ukrainian Church, Brisbane.  Numerous private commissions for pool walls, wall murals, garden features, Fine Art Works, bespoke art.  

Your mosaic class is in a beautiful setting and is a truly inspirational weekend. Sandy brings a freshness to the use of smalti and knows there are no mosaic boundaries.  Using quality products such as Laticrete Australia cement adhesives and grouts, Sandy is confident your smalti artwork will last the distance. 

Discover the beauty of smalti and the endless possibilities.  Smalti has been used throughout the ages and Dynasty smalti brings a new glass for mosaic artists to decorate and use in every mosaic which way!  Search the web - you will see the beauty of smalti used widely in mosaic artworks.

Come and run your eye over the beautiful Dynasty smalti and learn how Sandy "spreads your smalti further!"  Reshape the smalti using many techniques including surface faceting.

Traditional or Modern Mosaics - it's your choice!
Travel the world, discover the beauty of mosaics - it's an incredible thing to do.... but you don't need to visit Mexico or Italy to attend a mosaic smalti workshop! OzMosaics has it all under the one roof - smalti - tools - workshops - supplies - inpiration!

Imagine ...mixing smalti with china, found objects, metal, slate, mirror, ceramic, gravel....yes, it's amazing!  It's stunning and it takes your smalti mosaics to a new dimension!  Yes, you can repeat mosaics of yesteryear, print out the picture, put it under fibreglass mesh or use other methods to produce your working design, but it's also wonderful to create modern smalti artworks, with a difference!   Whatever method you use, it's about your imagination and how you make the tesserae perform. 

The tesserae should never control you.   You are always mindful of the tesserae, the shadows, the highs and lows, the reflections, the spaces in between, underneath, sides and on top.  You may place the tesserae to appear toppling, edgy, tiltling....   Experiment and find your mosaic style.

mosaic-smalti-glass-eye-ozmosaicsGet started and explore all the possibilities with Sandy in this workshop.

Basic Dynasty smalti/materials -included in this workshop!
All materials/tools are supplied to use in this workshop to create your smalti mosaic samplers!

More info will be provided at booking time.

Sandy Says "Dynasty smalti - a beautiful glass in both Antique and Modern Shades.  You will love the texture and shine Dynasty smalti adds to your mosaic works.  Available in blocks, bricks, slabs and a huge range of colours, you can afford to use smalti as never before!  Most artists don't grout smalti due to the "pits" in the smalti bricks etc, but Dynasty has provided a glass of beauty and little pitting, so for those times you want to grout, you can!  Join me in this weekend smalti workshop in Brisbane and you will soon be cutting and shaping smalti to create wonderful mosaics. 

During your workshop you will make a mosaic leaf and several "samplers".  It's not all about traditional eyes and faces, smalti has it's place in contemporary mosaics!  You may try the fabulous desk top hammer and hardie sets, available for purchase at OzMosazics (

Dynasty smalti is amazing for use in the kiln (find out why at the workshop!). 
You will love the slabs of smalti to score and shape - and combine with the bricks, blocks etc.   All our smalti colour groups, except the Gold smalti are the same price!  
You can buy Dynasty smalti from OzMosaics! Browse through the amazing wall of smalti colour in our studio shop and buy one brick or a bag!  So easy.  We have the largest range of Dynasty smalti in stock in Australia. The gold is shimmering, the colours are mouth watering - it's truly beautiful.


 Work in progress mosaic mural 2012 by Sandy Robertson.

The large pieces shown in the "flames" mosaic, are smalti, not stained glass!
Zeng Fang provided OzMosaics with large sheets of "thin smalti tile" which scored effortlessly using OzMosaics specialized tile/scorer/breaker tool.  
You will use Leponitt wheeled mosaic tile/tesserae cutters, tile nippers and more in your smalti OzMosaics class.  

wip-pool-mural-centre-2This photo shows one of Sandy's commissions for a pool wall, in progress.
The substrate is prepared, the border is made of Dynasty Smalti blocks.
The mosaic centre is Dynasty Smalti bricks, cut and shaped using the Leponitt Mosaic tool, which easily cuts and shapes smalti.  The tile nipper tool, mosaic metal file are also used for special edge nips and shaping.  OzMosaics beautiful bronze glass tile is used as a feature combo with the smalti.

The background of the mosaic motif (fabricated on fibreglass mesh) was surrounded with textural mosaic effects using porcelain mosaic tile.  The green circles were made by Sandy using Dynasty smalti and other glass mosaic tiles available in our online store and studio mosaic shop. This mosaic looked beautiful "in the raw" (ie no grouting) but I decided to grout it and had no problem at all (due to no pits in the Dynasty smalti I used in this project.).  Every piece of smalti in this central motif was nipped and shaped to fit into the delicate design.  The colour combination worked so wel- it was a joy to work with this client.  Three mosaics were made, a central design with two mosaics with a different design gracing at each end.

Once you know Sandy's smalti tips and tricks, practice at home after your workshop at OzMosaics and see the opportunities to include Dynasty smalti in your mosaic artworks, whether a few pieces or an entire mosaic of smalt.  You will fall in love with smalti.   Sandy loves to mix it in with many forms of tesserae, that's really important.  

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    Coorparoo  4151
    Brisbane Queensland Australia 
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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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