1407 News from Santa Barbara School of Mosaic Art

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July 2014
Welcome SUMMER!!!  The feel of the warm air, the smell of the ocean, the sound of the birds  singing, the taste of Tami’s strong but good morning coffee and watching students get excited as a workshop is about to begin are just a few of the things that everyone’s senses experience here at SBSMA.  What we  hear, see, smell, taste and touch are truly what make us.  Some have all the senses, some do not, but whatever ones you do have, here at SBSMA we want you to celebrate them and include the creativity of mosaic art! 
The summer has just begun and we have already had so much fun.  
A great “Everything Mosaic” workshop as well as a sold out “Table Top” workshop, so much creativity is flowing through SBSMA.   Scroll down to see some of these very creative mosaic art pieces.
SBSMA has a couple exciting things to announce: 
First; we only have 3 spots left for the Oct. 12th-18th Todos Santos Mosaic Art Retreat.  This retreat is an experience not to be missed.  The next one will be December 7th-13th, then April 2015.  
Second; we have a new membership program for our open studio LAB.  If you are considering coming to LAB more than 3 hours a month this may be the program for you.  For $50.00 a month  you can join the LAB membership program.  This membership will work on a monthly recurring payment.  
If you are not interested in the membership LAB will also continue to be available as a drop in at $20.00/hour for full use of the studio, tools,  grout, adhesives and Tami’s guidance. 
“LADIES WHO MOSAIC” has become a very popular event here at SBSMA.  If you and group of your friends, men too, want to come together for a fun evening of creating a small mosaic art piece, relax and enjoy some refreshments and snacks, this is the place to do it!!
If you are interested in a gift for any 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 JULY 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



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~Lorentz Hart  



Schedule for upcoming workshops 

Workshop                                  Instructor               Date                               Fee

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 26/27            $275. 
3D Heart with Bling!                                Tami Macala                    Aug. 9/10              $210.
Mexican Smalti                                            Betsy Gallery                    Aug. 19/20           $250.+mat. 
Strata Various                                              Kelley Knickerbocker  Oct.24/26            $350.+mat. 

Table Top Workshop!
These are just a few completed Table Tops from our Sold Out workshop!   
There are 3 spots left for the October 12th-18th, 2014 TODOS SANTOS MOSAIC RETREAT!!

Photos from our 

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.





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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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