1202 News from Santa Barbara School of Mosaic Art

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February 2012 


I am happy to report February has arrived and SBSMA could not be doing better.  There have been some really great new workshops added.  New visiting artists and increased LAB hours.  January was a great month with new and returning students making Table tops, Pet portraits and Beginner 12″x12″ projects.  The latest visiting artists to be added to the  schedule are Sue Baldwin with glass fusing and mosaics in May and Susan Crocenzi with polymer clay and tempered glass in September.  Both workshops are starting to fill up so take a look at the website schedule for more details and to sign up!


Other exciting news at SBSMA: 


  • Martin Cheek workshop  is SOLD OUT for the weekend but still openings during the week! 
  • SBSMA is now the proud owner of a brand new Skutt glass kiln 
  • Looking forward to attending the SAMA conference in Lexington, KY.

I have had the privilege of meeting and working with some great new students in the last two years and watching their talent grow.  It has also been awesome to get to know some very talented artists as well.  Santa Barbara has a wealth of artists from many mediums but within the mosaic medium there are only a few.  At the end of this news letter please take a minute to read about my good friend and great artist Christine Brallier.    



“Wide-awake I can make my most fantastic dreams come true”~Lorentz Hart  





Class Schedule

Boulder/ Garden Sphere   Mar. 10-11    $195
Mexican Smalti                    Mar. 17-18   $210+materials
Table Top                              Mar. 24-25  $185 + base
Beginner                                Apr.   7- 8     $165
Table Top                              Apr.  28-29  $185 + base
Glass fusing+mosaic          May. 19-20  $195+materials   







It has been so great to meet so many mosaic artists over the years.  Whether at the SAMA conference or right in my own back yard.  A couple years ago I was contacted by a local mosaic artist, Christine Brallier.  Christine is a very accomplished mosaic artist with a great style and attention to detail.  Over the last two years we have shared our love for mosaics and helped each other out with opinions, critiques and installations.  Christine’s work has been shown all over the country and has won numerous awards.  Over the last two years Christine has been creating a mosaic illustrated book that is due out this holiday season.   As well as this year she has been selected by the Society of American Mosaic Artists to design the mosaic that will be created in 3 days at the SAMA conference.  She designed a beautiful 3 panel piece, a triptych,  that will be installed at a non-profit called “The Nest -the center for women, children and families” in Lexington, KY.   It has been so great to see the process unfold and will be awesome to watch the SAMA conference members create this mosaic.   You can see the design at SAMA mosaic marathon Also check out Christine’s website for more pictures and details about her work at cbmosaics.com





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 

Since December Santa Barbara School of Mosaic Art and All Cracked Up Mosaics been 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.  This policy does NOT apply to visiting artists.    



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.


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!!

Need supplies????  All your mosaic needs 10% off for the month of February!! Mention this ad!

Offer Expires: 1/30/2012

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