MY WORK, WORKSHOPS, CRAFT FAIRS
Melanie Russell Mosaic Artist
I work from my home & garden studio in the beautiful county of Rutland, England. My style of mosaic making is known as 'pique assiette' (which translates as 'stolen from plates') or 'memory ware'. It is the ultimate form of recycling for anyone who appreciates seeing vintage china reimagined as a piece of art.
As well as making and selling my art, I offer year-round bespoke workshops from my home studio on Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays. This is a lovely way to spend time with like-minded folk - or, as one recent participant described it, "... a fabulous day... a real creative escape!".
I have an extensive collection of vintage china for participants to choose from, plus sheet glass (I also do stained glass work) and cutting and grinding machines for precision work.
A craft workshop is a great social activity but it's also very mindful, for anyone in need of some creative therapy. The ideal group number is 5/6 people. The timings are usually 10am to 4pm. I offer various standard base templates for participants to work on (some of these are seasonal), as well as being open to creating new designs or supporting personal projects. I encourage people to bring their own china/embellishments along to make their mosaic project more meaningful.
For a group of 4-6 people, the cost is £70 per person.
For 3 people, the cost is £75 per person.
For 2 people, the cost is £85 per person.
For a 1-1 session, the cost is £100.
All tools and materials, plus refreshments & treats, are included in the cost. Participants should bring their own packed lunch; there are plenty of spaces in the house and garden to enjoy a lunch break away from the worktable. Off and on-street parking is available. I will send detailed directions on final confirmation & payment.
Group workshop dates for 2024 are as follows:
Saturday 2 March - FULL
Friday 15 March - FULL
Friday 19 April
Saturday 27 April
Saturday 18 May - FULL
Friday 21 June - FULL
Saturday 6 July - FULL
Saturday 5 October
Saturday 14 December
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me on 0774 3807115 if you'd like to book onto one of the above dates. Places will be booked on a first-come-first-served basis. Assuming a space is available on your chosen date, following your booking I will email confirmation and request a deposit of £20 per person (to be paid straight away by bank transfer, I will let you know my details). The remaining balance will be due a week before your workshop. If your chosen date is not available, I'll advise you of alternative dates or place you on a waiting list.
NOTE: SOMETIMES MY EMAILS LAND IN FOLKS' JUNK FOLDERS; IT'S A HOTMAIL THING! PLEASE ADD ME/MY EMAIL AS ONE OF YOUR TRUSTED CONTACTS TO AVOID THIS.
If you would like to gift a workshop experience to someone else, let me know and I can send a voucher.
I take part in selected artisan craft fairs as well as collaborating with various local artists' collectives.
I hope to be attending the following events this year (tbc):
Belvoir Castle Artisan Market in Leicestershire (7-9 June)
Haddon Hall Mercatum Market in Derbyshire (14-17 November)
Burghley House Christmas Fair in Stamford, Lincolnshire (28 November to 1 December)