1402 News from Santa Barbara School of Mosaic Art

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February 2014
And we are off!!  Just like at the horse races…..2014 is starting off at a very fast and exciting pace.  I will keep this short and sweet though. 
First off SBSMA has it’s first Todos Santos, Mexico Mosaic Art Retreat booked!  Yes we are heading down south for some fun in the sun, learn some new techniques while creating a mosaic piece and get some rest and relaxation..ok maybe a margarita or two as well….THERE IS SPACE FOR ONE MORE!!!  If you are interested even though our book date has passed we can fill this last spot.  IF you are interested I would not wait.  Please feel free to call or click here to email for all the details.  You can also click here for the details on the website.  805-703-4291.
Second most exciting news are the new and returning teachers we are booking here at SBSMA.  
The wonderful and amazingly creative Kelley Knickerbocker will return March 1st and 2nd with a new workshop, Glass on Mirror; Color, Texture, Bling!  This workshop is practically sold out so don’t hesitate if you would like to register!  
Next we will have the very talented Michael Kruzich.   Michael will be teaching Classical direct methods.  This will be an incredible intensive workshop.  Michael has been to Ravenna, Italy almost a half a dozen times to study with Luciana Notturni at the Mosaic Art School.  He has her blessing to bring back her teachings and share them with lucky students like us.  This workshop will be limited to space so don’t hesitate to sign up.  The workshop is April 10th-12th. Each student will leave with a very thorough knowledge of using a hammer and hardie as well as working in this classical mosaic technique while using the traditional materials.  Click here for more details regarding this workshop.
Whether you are interested in coming to LAB to work on your own project, or you want to take a workshop or host a party with a few of your friends….SBSMA is welcome to new ideas and projects all the time!! Call anytime to stop by and discuss it or just to say Hi!!
Lastly, SBSMA is now selling liquid tints for all your tinting needs. Using a small amount of these tints can give you a high saturation level on both your thin set or grout.  These tints are being highly regarded by many of the teachers teaching here at SBSMA.  If you are interested please email or call.  They come in 9 colors and are $10.50/2oz bottle.
This is the view from where the Todos Santos, Mexico retreat  will take place….not too shabby!


Have a great February and 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.
  • Classical Direct Method-3Day intensive with Michael Kruzichusing traditional materials students will learn to work with a hammer and hardie as well as understand applications theories and andamento basics.

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


Glass on mirror: CTB                            Kelley Knickerbocker   Mar. 1/2                $350+$35
Todos Santos Retreat                             Tami Macala                     Mar.16-22            $1599. 
Classical direct techniques                Michael Kruzich             April 10-12           $400+$70mat 

Table Top workshop
student work
Students completed their table tops and were very proud of their accomplishments!




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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