1308 News from Santa Barbara School of Mosaic Art

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August 2013


People ask me quite often how did I get started in mosaics.   I had a career as a costumer on movies and tv shows for almost 20 years.  On my first tv show, “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman”, there was a hairdresser and he asked me one day if I wanted to come over on the weekend and make mosaics.  I had no idea what exactly he meant but I said sure and I have not looked back.
Now my first pieces are a bit frightful but they are my first.  Everyone has a first mosaic when you’re as passionate as some of us are, so my first stays in my studio as a reminder of where I began.  
I never knew that weekend making my first mosaic would lead to a whole new chapter in my life and be my passion.  I am now officially retired from costuming and love creating and teaching mosaics almost daily.
Passion is how SBSMA was born.  There was no business plan, no discussion of projections and investors it was just me walking out my back door to my large and available backyard and a few enthusiastic newbies.  
Today SBSMA is 0ver three and half years old and going strong.  There is a variety of new workshops, great visiting artists coming to teach new techniques and share their incredible talents.  There is a full supply store with tile, stained glass, tools, substrates, adhesives and grout.  There is LAB and private time and there is me and my passion.  
If you have ever wanted to see if mosaics is your passion, or if you know it is and you want to learn something new come check out SBSMA.  I am open most days by appointment as well as the workshops and LAB time.  




  • Mexican Smalti with Betsy Gallery, create a flower design using color gradation and shading while learning proper cutting and lay out techniques. 
  • Indirect method on a stepping stone with Betsy Gallery, learn to work in the indirect method using marble and stone while creating on a stepping stone.  Sept. 13th-15th.
  • Beginner and Intermediate Tempered and Transparent Glass with Susan Crocenzi, learn how to create mosaics with different types of transparent glass.  Sept. 27th-29th.
  • “FUNdamento” with Kelley Knickerbocker, learn how to make andamento (movement and flow) work in your mosaics.  Oct. 19th & 20th.
  • Everything Color with Erin Pankratz-Smith, learn how to design with color in all parts of  your pieces.  Nov. 16th & 17th.

All these workshops and more can be found at  www.santabarbaraschoolofmosaicsart.com



 “Wide-awake I can make my most fantastic dreams come true.”

~Lorentz Hart  



Schedule for upcoming workshops 

Workshop                                  Instructor               Date                               Fee



Pique Assiette                                            Tami Macala                     Aug. 20/27          $195

Garden Sphere                                           Tami Macala                    Sept. 7-8               $195+$65mat.
Indirect Method                                       Betsy Gallery                     Sept. 13-15           $245+$50mat.
Tempered & Transparent Glass     Susan Crocenzi                 Sept. 27-29         $280+$40mat  
Beginner Mosaic                                     Tami Macala                       Oct. 5-6                $165
FUNdamento                                             Kelley Knickerbocker    Oct. 19/20          $350
Table top Mosaic                                     Tami Macala                       Oct. 26/27          $195+base
Everything Mosaics                               Erin Pankratz-Smith      Nov. 16/17          $275+$30mat. 







Mexican Smalti  
Beginner mosaic workshop
We have more and more signing up for our “Ladies who Mosaic” parties.   So much fun and so creative.  Stay tuned for more pix! 


6 friends came together for a fun 3 hour get together just to hang out and create mosaic art.  In that short but busy time they chose their colors and design and began nipping.  They used both Italian and Mexican smalti to create their fun and unique pieces.  They all went home with their own piece of mosaic art.  
If you would like to get a group of your friends together for a birthday party, bachelorette party or just for a fun and creative time, email Tami for details.  

Tami’s Latest Commission 

This piece was commissioned by a lovely family here in Santa Barbara.  It is titled “Ginni the Swirling Sun”.  It was created on Hardiebacker board using high fire tile and glass fusions.  It was grouted using Spectra lock dazzle epoxy grout with gold glitter.  It was mounted using french cleats.  It measures 36″ diameter.




LAB is a great way to work on all your mosaic projects. For $20/hour you have access to the SBSMA studio, all adhesives, grout, tools and my guidance as well as not worrying about making or cleaning up your mess.
Email for more details or to reserve a time.

Private Lessons

If you would like to learn mosaic art but do not have the time or weekend availability now for $45/hour you can book a minimum of two hours with Tami privately to have the full undivided attention with access to the studio tools, adhesives and grout. 

SBSMA Birthday Parties

Have your next child’s birthday party at SBSMA.  Any age, up to 12 kids.  Rates based on time and materials.  Call or email for more info. 

Gift Certificates 

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


 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. 


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. 



Tami Macala
Santa Barbara School of Mosaic Art
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