1312 News from Santa Barbara School of Mosaic Art

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December 2013
Here we are at the end of the year!!  What a great year it has been.  I am so grateful to everyone over the past four years that have supported and enjoyed SBSMA!
With that said the workshops are wrapping up and LAB has a few days left before we turn it up for 2014.  Any last gifts you may want to make for a loved one, or a gift certificate there is still time.  
Last month we had our last visiting artist Erin Pankratz-Smith teach her “Color Everything” workshop to a group of amazingly enthusiastic students.  They learned how to create vibrant colors while tinting mortar/thin set and using it with assorted tesserae. There was also a lesson on creating substrates with mesh and tinted mortar.  It was a great succes!
Erin will be back February 22/23 for her “Gradation” workshop.  That is not to be missed!!!  
Last but not least the SBSMA mosaic retreat to Todos Santos, Mexico has only 4 spots left.  If you are interested in booking I would not wait.  The location is stunning, the accommodations are perfect and the art will be whimsy and creative.  It is a wonderful mixture of learning and creating art while vacationing.  Bring a friend, bring a husband/wife whatever works just know there are only 4 spots left….oh yea I said that already!!  
The dates are March 16-22.  There is a separate email with all the details (if you have not received it please email tami@allcrackedupmosaics.com to receive it)  It is also on the SBSMA website.
This is the view from where the workshop will take place….not too shabby!


Hope to see you 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.  
  • Glass on mirror: Color, Texture, Bling! with Kelley Knickerbocker, using stained glass, colored shapes and textured clear glass on mirror substrate.  Learn to work with a ring saw a two different adhesives.
  • Color Gradation with Erin Pankratz-Smith, playing with different colors paths, students will learn how to make successful, subtle, color transitions that will add new depth to their work.

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


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 
Color Gradations                                      Erin Pankratz-Smith   Feb. 22/23           $325
Glass on mirror: CTB                            Kelley Knickerbocker   Mar. 1/2               $350+$35
Todos Santos Retreat                             Tami Macala                     Mar.16-22            $1599. 

Erin Pankratz Smith’s Colour Everything  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 
“Ginni the swirling sun part deux”
This is the second swirling sun I had the honor of making.  There is now one on each side of the chimney.  This one I added more bling with beads, found objects and eyelashes.  It is purposefully tilting..
up close 
“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 in the garden under the fireplace chimney with it’s coordinating “Ginni, the swirling sun”.  
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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