Mosaic art using china - with general tips and techniques

Watch an overview of the course...

Car boot sales, thrift stores, junk or charity shops, garage sales, in every part of the world someone is disposing of old china - beautiful patterns and forgotten designs will bring your work to life in a way that manufactured tiles cannot do. 

Incorporating china into mosaic work is definitely something I am asked about in my regular classes a LOT! It's a great way to start off in mosaic without any investment in tiles at all. (Though of course you do need a pair of nippers). It's not difficult either, a few tips and you'll be sticking in no time. And if you don't have a huge stack of china to hand, there are some suggestions here to help you pick out some additional materials to add to your projects.

These are really great projects for mosaic makers and they are quick to complete with no  great financial outlay. It includes a several easily achievable designs ideas for small, easy to source, terracotta pots - perhaps there is something suitable to cover at home already, an empty tin can or perhaps an old vase or container from the thrift store. These projects also make great and inexpensive gifts, with genuine heart!

If you break something precious or sentimental, don't throw it away - use the parts to make a useful and attractive mosaic to be treasured. The course also covers making a small picture. 

quick and simple
easily achievable for all


How to break a plate (not by smashing it inside a bag!) to get the best parts of the design.

 How to use nippers and lots of principles that will cover just about everything you need to know to move forward in this fascinating art. This course is much more than covering a pot. 

The course includes comprehensive general lessons about tools, cutting and placing tiles, techniques, materials, adhesives and bases are included as a bonus (some overlap from my Magic of Mosaic course). By the time you have finished you will be competent to take on ambitious mosaic art projects. 

What's in the course?

The lesson includes a 40 minute video, materials are not needed a this stage. Just watch and learn about:

  • suitable materials to use on your pots
  • how to work in 3D
  • how to cut china safely and keep the best parts of the design
  • how to take the idea further and include china in a piece of artwork
  • shaping and placing the tiles, ready for any project
  • choosing a suitable adhesive
  • how to grout the final pieces (very important to secure your work)
  • suggested 'recipes' to follow

Several projects are created before your eyes in real time and using time lapse. 

A Garden Ornament course is available here. 

It's smashing!
go crazy making mosaics...

This course will give you confidence to cut not just china but other mosaic materials and teach you many techniques. 

Support is given via my dedicated Facebook page where you can meet other artists. 

There is also a contact form where can share your designs when you have completed them, and you are welcome to contact me by email for advice if you wish. 

Table of Contents

Recycle that saucer!!
Can you review this course?
Summary & reference
Bonus tuition
preparing boards, transferring designs
a low down on materials
which base?
what glue?
What you made?
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Frequently Asked Questions

How long do I have access to the course?

Forever! Once you've enrolled and paid, you'll have access to the course material for as long as you need. So devour it all in one weekend or take things slow. It's your choice!

What if I'm unhappy with my purchase?

Well, I would be sad. But if you're really unhappy with the course, just email me within 10 days to get a full refund.

I still have a question, how can I contact you?

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