Registration and payment policy:

50% deposit is required to hold your space in the class or workshop.
Balance due 30 days before class or workshop date.
Full Refund – 30 days prior to the class or workshop minus a $50 processing fee.
Full Refund if class or workshop is canceled.
No Refunds – within 30 days of the class or workshop unless we can fill your space minus a $50 processing fee.
 No Refunds – within 14 days of the class or workshop.

You can register for a workshop by either email or call 805.703.4291

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Precision Mosaic Jewelry with Margo Anton
December 14th & 15th
Saturday and Sunday 10a-5p

The ability to make mosaic jewelry is a fantastic skill that can result in many gifts and sales! Learn how to create high-end, precisely laid mosaic jewelry in this two day workshop. The first day begins with a comprehensive lecture and slide show on jewelry base selection, adhesive choice, and suitable tesserae, followed by an examination of design for jewelry and how it differs from standard mosaic design. Precision cutting, the key to fine mosaic jewelry, will be discussed, demonstrated, and practiced. Jewelry laying techniques will be thoroughly covered, and students can expect lots of great tips! Class participants will receive lots of individual attention as they work on silver plate mosaic pendants using luxury mosaic materials, including mosaic gold, smalti, filati, semiprecious stones, dichroic glass, and millefiori. 

On the second day, participants will hone their newfound skills in precision mosaic making while working on a more challenging second project. A comprehensive handout will be provided, and participants should expect to depart with the knowledge and skills to create precision mosaic jewelry on their own.  This workshop should benefit participants of all levels who want to learn to cut material more precisely, who want to add high end mosaic jewelry to their repertoire, or who are interested in learning to work in small scale mosaic.

Students in this class will be provided with all materials and tools to create their mosaic pendants.  However bringing your own wheeled glass nippers to the workshop would be beneficial, as well as any magnifying eyewear or small tools desired.

Fee $350.00 + $45.00 materials fee

Precision Jewelry with Margo Anton

Picassiette Portraiture for Human or Pet with Gila Rayberg
January 31st- February 2nd
6p-9p Friday 10a-5p Sat. & Sun

In this 1-evening, 2-day class, students will work on a portrait (human or
animal) of their choice. Once students are registered, they will
receive a letter from Gila with detailed instructions on selecting an
appropriate portrait reference for the workshop.

Gila will share her extensive knowledge about creating mosaic
portraits, with an emphasis on picassiette; cutting, shaping &
incorporating dishes and pottery into mosaics.
She will demonstrate how to use hand tools to cut & shape
picassiette materials, and tips on using these materials to add
texture & interest to your portrait. Each participant will receive
individual attention & guidance from Gila while working on their
Since individuals work at different paces, students are not
expected to finish their portrait in a 3-day workshop. Gila will
discuss a plan with each student on how to complete their
unfinished works at home.
Participants will leave the workshop with a good understanding of
choosing a subject, transferring a design to substrate,
understanding value, laying materials of varied thicknesses,
creating likeness, and so much more….
Students are encouraged to bring some of their own unique finds
(dishes, pottery, teacups, etc) to incorporate into and personalize
their works. Thrift stores & yard sales finds are perfect, as is
clearing out cabinets of chipped, cracked dishes, and those
broken bits that you can’t bear to throw away, but would love to
incorporated into your art! Bringing extra to share ensures that
there will be unique and surprising selections for all.
Fee $450.00 including most materials

Mosaic Installation Techniques: Fabricating Mosaic on Fiberglass Mesh with Jennifer Kuhns
Postponed till Fall 2020. Stay tuned for dates and to register.

This 2-day workshop will cover the direct-method-on-mesh technique for creating mosaic on a horizontal surface that can then be transferred to another location for installation. Students will create a small glass tile mosaic on mesh during the first day, and will pre-grout, then transfer their project to a substrate on the second day. A lecture and slideshow will outline modifications to the technique to mitigate various circumstances, including face-taping and using tile substrates.

This workshop is for mosaic artists at any level interested in learning how to create their mosaic over a design template, then installing it onto another surface. 

Advantages of the fiberglass mesh method:

  • The mosaic can be prepared in your studio and then transported to the site for quick installation.
  • It’s essential for areas that are vertical or difficult to access.  
  • Multiple individuals can work on the same mosaic.
  • You can make your mosaic and then cut your substrate to fit.
  • You can work directly over a design, including photographs, precisely reproducing images in mosaic without mapping or transferring to the substrate.
  • Making adjustments to your mosaic before installing is much easier than when it is glued directly to the final location.
  • Pre-grouting mitigates mortar filling the interstices during installation.

Students may bring their own 8” x 8” designs and glass cutting tools, but all materials will be provided, including recycled glass tile, mesh, thinset, substrate and use of necessary tools.
Fee $275 + $30 materials fee