Making mosaics – an introduction with Joanna Veevers


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About this course

Enjoy learning about the process of mosaic making, as you make two small decorative pieces during the day.

Course Description

You will be taught the basics of cutting and fixing tiles to boards to create small decorative wall pieces, and make two small mosaics during the day.

The first will be a coaster to learn about materials, cutting, arranging, fixing, grouting, colour and design. The second will be a 15 or 17cm square which will celebrate or reference West Dean Gardens through design and subject. You may wish to source and incorporating elements from old plates and cups into your design if you wish.

Grouting will be demonstrated and grout supplied for you to take home. The tutor will discuss how to do this, as grout cannot be applied the same day because the tiles might not be fixed.


Timetable for one day courses

Students should arrive by 9am for registration.

Classes are from 9.15 - 5pm

Lunch is included.

Course Materials


  • Basic materials to make two pieces will be provided (boards, adhesive, ceramic tiles and grout).

What students need to bring

  • Please bring an apron and wear covered foot wear (no open toes)
  • If you wish, you can bring fragments of broken china plates or whole items to cut up (approx. 4mm thick).
  • A lidded container to take grout home.
  • Consider how you will carry home your pieces, so bring a small box or similar

Available to buy

  • Available from tutor:
  • Any additional materials to cover quantity or more exotic tiles will be available for purchase from the tutor on the day.
Wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio, this includes stout covered footwear i.e. no open-toes or sandals.


Joanna Veevers

Joanna tutors with a focus on surface qualities and 2 dimensional design. She trained initially in Printed Textile Design at Manchester and then in Ceramics at The Royal College of Art. She has 30 years of teaching experience in colleges, universities, schools, museums and galleries. Joanna is a long standing member of Contemporary Applied Arts.

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