1311 News from Santa Barbara School of Mosaic Art

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November 2013
SHAZAMMM…..November is half over and so much has happened and needs to be shared!
Last month SBSMA hosted Kelley Knickerbocker to a sold out workshop!  Kelley shared her incredible andamento techniques in her unique and personalized FUNdamento style.  Students were amazed by her clear and thorough teaching technique.   Everyone absorbed so much information and felt they would be able to use it in all of their future pieces.  We like to call that SUCCESS!!
Kelley will be back March 1st & 2nd for her Glass on Mirror; Color, Texture, Bling!  This workshop is half filled up, so sign up soon if you are interested.  Details on the schedule page of the website.  Don’t wait it will sell out!
Yet to come this month we still have a Mexican Smalti workshop with visiting local artist Betsy Gallery and on the same days in our outdoor studio there will be an Intro to Stained Glass workshop taught by Tami Macala.   Dates are Nov. 22/23 Friday and Saturday.  More details can be found on the schedule page of the website.
Last but not least my trip to Todos Santos, Mexico was a great success, aside from getting much needed rest and relaxation I have booked the location for the first SBSMA mosaic retreat in Mexico. Todos Santos is a very special place.  Located on the pacific side of the baja peninsula approximately an hour north of Cabo San Lucas. Todos Santos is a quaint and rustic artist colony.  With warm days and ocean views you will work on a 3D piece for 5 days while learning different techniques.  You will also enjoy a homemade breakfast and lunch everyday by our personal chef as well as have an opportunity to explore Todos Santos and it’s amazing surrounding areas.   
The dates are March 15-22.  There will be a separate email with all the details and it will be on the website by end of November.
This is the view from where the workshop will take place….not too shabby!
Check out the schedule page for many other workshops coming before the year is up and remember mosaic workshops make great holiday gift…gift certificates are available!  


Hope to see you here soon at SBSMA! 



  • 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


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.  14/15           $175
Beginner Mosaic                                      Tami Macala                      Dec.  21                 $165
Glass Fusing  for mosaics                   Tami Macala                      Jan. 14/15           $195
Garden Sphere  mosaic                        Tami Macala                      Jan. 18/19           $260
Everything Mosaics                                 Tami Macala                     Jan. 28/29          $195
3D Heart Mosaic                                       Tami Macala                     Feb. 1/2                 $225 


Kelley Knickerbocker’s  FUNdamento workshop






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.  















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.




Tami’s Latest Commissions 
“Gradient Sunshine”  
This piece was commissioned as birthday present for a lovely woman here in Santa Barbara by her family.  Constructed on Wedi board, using found objects, mirror edging and sides with tinted mortar and grout.

“Swirling Bench”
This bench was commissioned by the same family as “Ginni, the swirling sun”.  It has a lovely home under the fireplace chimney where it will have a coordinating “Ginni, the swirling sun part deux” very soon.  
The wrought iron frame was designed and fabricated by David Shelton, a local SB iron artist.   





“Ginni, the swirling sun”

This piece was commissioned by a lovely family here in Santa Barbara.  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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