1405 News from Santa Barbara School of Mosaic Art

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May 2014
I am back from the 2014 Society of American Mosaic Artists conference and on FIRE!!
5 days in Houston and I am so excited to be back working in the studio and teaching workshops.  I learned so much at the conference, met some incredibly talented artists and saw some great friends.  
The SAMA conference is a great way  for me to get energized and fired up and come back and put that energy into my work and my teaching.  If you have ever considered going to a conference don’t wait.  
2015 SAMA conference will be in Philadelphia.  The home of Isaiah Zagar’s Magic Garden as well as many other incredible sites. 
On to the SBSMA business……workshops, workshops, workshops!
SBSMA is introducing it’s first evening series workshop.  It will be a Garden Sphere/Boulder workshop.  Tuesday evenings from 6p-9p May 13th, 20th, 27th and June 3rd.  This is a great way to enjoy a few evenings of being creative, making a functional piece of art and having your weekends free!  There are a few spaces left in this workshop, but don’t wait!
Are you ready to dive in and take an amazing workshop from one of the best visiting artists?  
Carol Shelkin will return on July 8th & 9th, for her 
Realism in Stained Glass Mosaics: Faces, Flowers and Fruits.  This workshop sells out across the country.  We are lucky to have her here once again!  Email or call to get signed up!
This summer if you and a few friends would like to spend an evening making a small mosaic wall hanging in 3 hours while enjoying a little wine and cheese, then the “Ladies who Mosaic” is the perfect thing for you! Email or call for more details.  
If you are interested in a gift for Mother’s day, Birthdays or any other celebration SBSMA has gift certificates for any amount!
Listed below are just some of the workshops coming up here at SBSMA!  Check the schedule for plenty more!
 Have a great May 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.  
  • 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.
  • Strata Various with Kelley Knickerbocker learn to see unique potential in any material and then maximize that potential by shape, angle, spacing, contrast and proximity to others.
  • Realism in Stained Glass Mosaic: Faces, Flowers and Fruits, with Carol Shelkin a hands on workshop using modern mosaic techniques to understand design, composition and design theory in realism. 

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/Boulder                       Tami Macala                     May 13-June 3    $275.
3D Heart mosaic                                       Tami Macala                     May 17/18              $220.
Everything Mosaic                                   Tami Macala                     June 17/18            $185.
Table Top mosaic                                      Tami Macala                     June 28/29          $195. +base 
Realism with stained glass mosaic  Carol Shelkin                   July 8/9                 $400.+$65
Intro to Glass fusing & mosaics        Tami Macala                     July 15/16             $195.
Garden sphere/Boulder                        Tami Macala                     July 28/29            $275. 

Here are few pix from last months newsletter incase you missed it!  The next retreats are October and December this year!


MARCH 2014 

All the wonderful women and their completed 3D Flat Mosaic Suns


  The view from the rooms and the covered deck the mosaic workshop takes place on.

A couple in progress shots of the 3D Flat Sun Mosaics with beads, baubles and gems.
A couple completed and beautifully creative suns!
   The incredibly fresh and delicious food cooked with love by our chef Iker Algorr
The last day of our mosaic workshop!  Don’t we look happy!!!!

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 

“Lion, for me?”
Approx. 27″x16″.  Created on WEDI board using sentimental and found objects as well as glass fusions, stained glass, dichoric glass, Mexican smalti, millefiori and mirror.  The mortar and grout are tinted with SBSMA liquid tint.
“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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