Growing artists often say, “I could never make a piece that good.”  My response is, “I think you can.”  

The secret to creating a masterpiece in mosaic is thoughtful design.  Consider the composition, rendering of the form, your use of color, materials and andamento in the design stage.  Let your inner passion to create drive your design. ….THEN pull out your tools and begin cutting.

When you work in Mosaic your decisions are “set in stone”, and if made well, your work could last millennia.  You can’t add a touch of highlight or shadow at the end to make it pop, or change the color of an area as an afterthought without serious demolition and a lack of flow to your overall work.

If you’re a spontaneous artist, hate planning, find thoughts of design rigid and boring I challenge you to make one piece this year in the method I’m teaching and see if it doesn’t surpass your other work. 

The first classes in the Professional Mosaic Development (PMD) Series are underway….Andamento….Color…..Design….  Don’t miss one of the key components to your success.  And if you want it all now, or live a distance from Charlotte, enroll in the PMD Workshop — all of the key elements in a Weekend.

Set yourself up for SUCCESS and Create a Masterpiece in 2013!  I dare you…

Enroll HERE





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Working in an art form that could last millennia, doesn’t it make sense to do it with excellence?  If you want to learn to make EXCELLENT mosaics; in execution, andamento, color, design, material, I’d love to help you.

I’m offering a class called Professional Mosaic Development (PMD) as a bi-weekly semester course OR  a weekend workshop.   In this course you’ll learn the key components and steps to make award winning FINE ART MOSAICS and discover or more fully embrace your unique style and ARTISTIC VOICE.

How do you want to be remembered?  Make 2013 a year to launch into your true calling as a fine artist.  Seize the Day!



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© Vicki Hanson-Burkhart

I can remember saying many times, “I don’t do micro mosaics.”  I like to work in fine detail, but don’t enjoy cutting minute pieces.  Until I actually tried real Micro Mosaics, I had no idea how fun it actually was.  To me, it feels like doing a cross-stitch or needlepoint project, stress free, relaxing…  And it’s the perfect kit project, the perfect gift for that perfect someone who has everything.

Made with thin strands of Venetian glass called Filati, these are truly little gems.  Traditional methods and materials, meet good old American ingenuity and creativity.  I love the idea of using a centuries old medium to speak in contemporary terms…behold, the “Hashtag Micro” (pictured), my ode to the love of Twitter and joy of making an impact in Social Media.

Announcing two opportunities to make a piece like these, or a design completely your own.

Intro to Micro Mosaics

Saturday, May 19  OR Saturday, June 16

10:00am – 5:00pm

Make your own Venetian Glass Micro in a custom walnut or birch frame.  All tools and materials included.

Held in my studio at Ciel Gallery + Mosaic Studio, 128 E Park Ave, Charlotte, NC 28203


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In your business or industry is there a really BIG EVENT or award or recognition that you dream about, or hope for, or seek? I am thrilled to announce that my mosaic, “Day 5” has been chosen from over 300 entries from 10 countries to be one of 55 pieces in the Mosaic Arts International Exhibition at the Lexington Center Museum and Gallery, Lexington, KY, Mar 2-Apr 30, 2012. In my world, THIS IS the REALLY BIG SHOW!

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