1112 News from Santa Barbara School of Mosaic Art

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December 2011  

Wow how did December get here so fast.  I can’t believe 2011 is coming to a close.  So much to look back on and be grateful for.  I started Santa Barbara School of Mosaic Art two years ago on a whim.  I had no plan or idea where it may lead.  These have truly been the best two years of my mosaic career.  It has been so gratifying and I could not be happier.  With that said I have a great announcement to make that I don’t think  can wait any longer.  It is with great pleasure to announce that world renowned mosaic artist Martin Cheek will be here to teach a glass mosaic workshop February 25th and 26th.  This is a rare opportunity to come learn from one of the masters of glass mosaic.  You can check out his website www.martincheekmosaics.com and learn more about him.  He lives in England and is making a stop in Santa Barbara for one weekend on his US tour before heading to the SAMA conference in Lexington, Kentucky.  Space will be limited so sign up now!
As for the rest of this newsletter please take the time to check out another LAB student regular, Mary.  Her work is really amazing.  Once a stained glass artist now turned mosaic artist.  Her style and technique has become so refined from all her focus and time spent making mosaics here at SBSMA. 

As of January 2012 the price of workshops will go up $10.00. 
The December deal is if you book a workshop on the schedule (check website for more workshops) before January 1st, 2012 with a $50.00 deposit you can still receive the 2011 prices.  

(Excluding guest teachers) 



Class Schedule

Table Top                      Dec. 10th & 11th             $175
Table Top                      Jan. 7th & 8th                $185
Pet Portrait                   Jan. 21st & 22nd             $195
Beginner                        Feb. 4th & 5th                $155
Valentine Collage         Feb. 11th & 12th              $175
Martin Cheek glass      Feb. 25th & 26th             $240*
*(materials additional) 


Mary’s Mosaic Art work

Mary has been a LAB regular for just over a year and a half and has shown such incredible improvement in her work. Here are just a few of the pieces she has created.   


     Frida Kahlo mixed media          

glass rose
                            Stained glass rose

ninja“Ninja” pet portraitTruman Pet Portrait

“Truman” pet portrait tile and stained glass

                                                      Mary’s backyard dining table 48″ diameter




Gift Certificates
Gift certificates are now available.  Any size amount towards classes, kits, tiles or other supplies.  What a great holiday or birthday gift.

 Recent Publicity 

Starting in December Santa Barbara School of Mosaic Art and All Cracked Up Mosaics will be featured on the Santa Barbara local cable show called “Living Local”.  If you are in SB and have cox cable stay tuned, if you are not in SB it will be available on the Santa Barbara School of Mosaic Art Facebook page as well.    


 LAB punch card
SBSMA LAB punch card.  For every 10 hours of LAB time you get the 11th hour free.  Students are loving their punch cards and getting their free hours. 

LAB time is a great way to work on all your mosaic projects.  For $20/hour you have access to all adhesives, grout, tools and my time as well as not worrying about making a mess.  

SBSMA Supply Store

 SBSMA has all your mosaic art supply needs. More new colors added to the tile collection as well as stained glass. There are new tools stocked up as well as nippers, files, adhesives and grouts.  Just added are Leponitt brand mosaic wheel nippers for $28.95. 


Bring a friend discount

Any time you bring a friend to a workshop you and the friend get a 10% discount on your fees     



Here is the latest installation from All Cracked Up Mosaics.  Go to  www.allcrackedupmosaics.com to read my blog on the entire process of how this fountain was built with added pictures.

Mosaic fountain


Tami Macala
Santa Barbara School of Mosaic Art

Weekly LAB email blasts will now go out to inform you on days and times.   Please email me if you would like to receive these emails at tami@allcrackedupmosaics.com
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Crazy deal!!
All tile and stained glass 15% off for the month of December!
Offer Expires: 12/31/2011

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