1309 News from Santa Barbara School of Mosaic Art

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September 2013

I can hardly type the word September.  It means end of summer, beginning of fall. I myself am a full bloodied summer child.  I was born on the summer solstice and could live with sunshine full time, it must be why I love living in Santa Barbara and close to the ocean.

There are few good things I can say I am looking forward to as the summer closes, 
we have three talented and unique mosaic artists coming to teach here over these next three months.  
The first one, and truly not to be missed, is Susan Crocenzi’s  Tempered and Transparent Glass mosaic Sept. 27-29.    Susan is a ray of happy beaming sunshine.  No wonder we love her.  She teaches what she knows so well and is so good at it. Susan exudes such enthusiasm and passion as she shares her talented techniques.  I just watch in awe as she assists each of her students to create beautiful and colorfully vibrant pieces.  This will be Susan’s second visit here to SBSMA and will teach a mixed workshop for both the intermediates and beginners.  
There are a few spots left so if you have wanted to work in color, tempered and transparent glass and just have a great, fun, creative weekend this is your workshop!

Susan Crocenzi’s Tempered and Transparent Glass Mosaic 

Second we will host
Kelley Knickerbocker.  Kelley comes from Seattle and has a few amazing tricks up her sleeve.  Kelley will teach FUNdamento October 19-20.  No one can teach you so many great techniques about creating mosaic art and taking your art to the next level, while having you laugh all day long.  
Third will be award winning mosaic artist
Erin Pankratz-Smith.  Erin is back in less than a year to teach her Color Everything Nov. 16-17 workshop.  Erin sold out this workshop last year and I have a feeling it will do the same again this year.  Erin has a great teaching technique and let’s her students really understand and absorb all she has to offer about color, gradation and techniques to create more vibrant mosaics. 
Well there you go….a few great workshops and opportunities to take advantage of from some amazing artists making there way to beautiful SUNNY Santa Barbara!

Hope to see you here at SBSMA soon! 



  • 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



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                                         Betsy Gallery                     Nov. 22/23          $210+$50mat.
Intro to Stained Glass mosaics       Tami Macala                      Nov. 22/23          $185 







7 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 stained glass on 7″x7″ boards 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 Commissions 

This bench is for the same clients as “Ginni the Swirling Sun”.  It will coordinate with the sun and people will be able to enjoy it in their garden.  
The Swirling Bench

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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