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 teach this mosaic method at various local providers including Rutland Garden Village in Ashwell, Rutland. Future workshop dates are currently being planned so do contact me if you'd like more details - or visit their website here to book directly.
In addition, 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 6 people.
Lunch plus refreshments & cake are included. The timings are by agreement, usually 10am to 4pm. I offer various standard base templates for participants to work on, 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.
The cost for this full day workshop is £65 per person. If this is of interest, do contact me for a discussion via the links on this site.
My workshops are fully booked until Christmas 2022. I am currently taking bookings for early 2023 on the following dates:
Friday 20 January
Saturday 4 February
Friday 24 February
Saturday 18 March
If you would like to gift a workshop experience to someone else, I am happy to send a voucher.
I take part in selected artisan craft fairs including those hosted by Country Living magazine. I am featured in BCTF - British Craft Trade Fair. I collaborate with Makers' Mews, an artists' collective based in Stamford, and the Happy Little Pop-up Shop in Oakham.
I will be attending the following events between August and December 2022:
Rutland Garden Village (August Bank Holiday 27 & 28 Aug; 1 Oct; 5&6 Nov and 4 Dec )
Vintage Autumn Fair at Chester House Estate in Northamptonshire (Sun 16 October)
Makers' Mews Christmas Fair at the Stamford Arts Centre on Saturday 3 December.