1310 News from Santa Barbara School of Mosaic Art

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October 2013
Wow…October was off to a running start before I even had a chance to blink.  I agree with the people who say that as we get older it goes faster and faster.  Our energy everyday must be used as efficiently as possible to create the best of whatever we are doing.
Energy is what what we have going on here SBSMA.  Happy energy.  Creative energy.  Fun energy.  I love it all.  
SBSMA hosted Susan Crocenzi and her 4 day workshop with tempered  and transparent glass and Polymer clay. The workshop was a huge success and wow  the energy here was amazing.   New and returning students created some wonderful pieces and learned so much.  Check out the pictures below.
Next we 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.   
The last visiting artist of 2013 will be Erin Pankratz-Smith.  Erin is a mosaic artist with a unique talent and a style all her own.  This workshop is a great opportunity to learn to work with color in all areas of your work.  Erin will teach Color Everything Nov. 16/17.
Other news about things happening here at SBSMA is the addition of more weekday workshops.   Many students have requested taking workshops during the week to free up their weekends.  The 2014 SBSMA schedule is now up through late winter.  Check out both the weekday and weekend workshops and see what type of mosaic you would like to learn!
Stay tuned as I am planning at least one if not two mosaic retreats to Mexico for next year.  They will be 5 day workshops and students will create detailed garden spheres while relaxing and enjoying the beauty of Mexico.  More info to come……

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.  
  • “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



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~Lorentz Hart  



Schedule for upcoming workshops 

Workshop                                  Instructor               Date                               Fee


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 
Light Weight Concrete                          Tami Macala                     Dec. 3/4                $165
Exterior App. w/Stepping Stone     Tami Macala                      Dec.  10/11           $175
Beginner Mosaic                                       Tami Macala                     Dec. 14                  $165



Like a Zen Master, Tami floats among the students, helping where necessary and coaching us to perfect our works of art. I’m impressed she has remembered all our names! She shows us how to shape the ceramic pieces to best fit into spaces on our boards. H.H.

Hi Tami- I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed the mosaic workshop last weekend.  The class was fun and the outdoor setting was perfect.  I am spreading the word around town 🙂 E.S.








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”.  The bench frame was fabricated by local well known iron artist David Shelton.  It will coordinate with the sun and is 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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