Imagine hundreds of colorful, broken ceramic tiles transformed into a mosaic of flowers for a bathroom floor. Imagine 50 broken clocks becoming the spots on the sculpture of a cat, or 100 lost keys living a second life as feathers of a turkey. Imagine an arrangement of tiny glass triangles coming together to make a glass mandala that captures the sunlight, in colors of blue, red, green, or orange spilling through your window. This is the kind of magic you will see happening at Mosaic On A Stick. Right now, they are offering their unique 4-week-long class, “Trash to Treasure”, and their popular “Mosaic Mandala” class for beginners over at the studio. In “Trash to Treasure” they’ll teach you how to combine mosaic with a sculptural twist to create anything out of your imagination. In the “Mosaic Mandala” class they’ll teach you how to use glass to create a colorful, transparent geometric design. The best part? The art of mosaic is inherently about using broken or recycled materials to make something new and beautiful.
Another magical thing about the Mosaic On A Stick studio is the people who stumble in. Jane, who is now a “regular” at the studio discovered Mosaic On A Stick through the “Trash to Treasure” class a year ago. She had never done mosaic before in her life. However, she had an idea to make a mosaic tile floor for her bathroom and wanted to know how to do it. “The start of the project came from a place of love,” Jane explains. Jane and her husband embarked on a project to renovate a small cabin near Lake Mille Lacs in Minnesota, where the future home of her mosaic floor would be. For her, creating a work of art for the cabin was not only something to do for fun, but it also symbolized a gift to the land. “I wanted to acknowledge the Native land where our new family home will be in a respectful way,” she says. The design of the mosaic floor consists of brightly colored broken tiles that create an image of delicate, yet bold enlarged imaginary flowers. Jane explained that the design was inspired by the bandolier beaded bags of the Ojibwa tribe who lived on the land of Lake Mille Lacs. After learning how to translate her design into a mosaic, she created a work of art that serves as a symbol for appreciation, gratitude, and home.
Whether you’re interested in creating a mosaic of recycled material to help the environment, creating a glass mandala, or want to come just to try something totally new, Mosaic On A Stick welcomes you. If you are new to art, they welcome you. If you’re a seasoned artist and want to try a new medium, they welcome you. All they require is that you’re willing to be curious, adventurous, and willing to come play as you explore the art of mosaic!
Learn more about their team, their projects and classes, as well as the materials they carry, here.