1203 News from Santa Barbara School of Mosaic Art

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March 2012 


I have just returned from the annual SAMA conference (Society of American Mosaic Artists) in Lexington, Kentucky.  What a great conference.  It is always great to get together with other mosaic artisits and share techniques, knowledge and the love of the art.  I also met with many other teachers.  It was so great to hear how many would like to come teach at the Santa Barbara School of Mosaic Art.  Visiting artists is a great way for you the student to expand your knowledge and skills as mosaic artists.  Last month the sold out workshop of visiting artist Martin Cheek  was an incredible experience.  Martin’s lectures explained in simple English so many techniques while his hands on assistance raised the level of every student in that workshop.  With that kind of success it is exciting to announce a list of some  of the visiting artists coming to SBSMA in the future plus more to be added soon:

(click on their name to get to their website to learn more)


*Margo Anton 

*Carol Shelkin

*Deb Aldo

*Kelley Knickerbocker 


It is so exciting to see the interest and excitement of mosaic art spread.  I have been a mosaic artist for over 15 years and to watch new students learn this art and work hard to achieve great work is a gratifying experience.  Please feel free to email me what kind of mosaic art you would like to learn.  I love to get feedback and see where we can expand our knowledge and skills as artists and students!    




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





Class Schedule 

Table Top                            Mar. 24-25  $185 + base

Mexican Smalti                  Apr. 14-15   $210+materials 
Beginner                              Apr.   21-22 $165 
Table Top                            Apr.  28-29  $185 + base  
Glass fusing+mosaic        May. 19-20  $195+materials  
Polymer clay+tempered glass mosaic   

                                                           Sept. 7,8 & 9 $280+materials 









Martin’s Fusions all the way from England     Owls in progress

Palm tree in progress                                               Vibrant colors of fusions and Smalti

Martin teaching a thing or two                             Cheeky birds on a tree

More progress with the Smalti and fusions           Palm tree and ocean view come to life

Cheeky birds get more background                         Owl in a tree with Smalti grass and sand

fun and colorful millefiori





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, Italian Smalti and Vitreous 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.    




Tami Macala
Santa Barbara School of Mosaic Art

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