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The mosaic artist: Camilla Watson

Visit Ballarat

16 Feb 2021

Filed underMade of Ballarat

She is the creative behind the beautiful mosaic entrance at The Provincial Ballarat. 

Now you can learn how to create your own mosaic masterpiece during a hands-on workshop with Camilla Watson.  

We caught up with Camilla to talk about her love for ancient mosaics and popular weekend workshops.

What drew you to mosaics?  
When I was doing my B.A in Ceramic Design I saw another student doing it [mosaics] and I was drawn to the technique. Also, I love art history; I’m fascinated by the ancient mosaics in Europe.  

Has Ballarat inspired your work at all?  
Yes, I feel there is a strong art vibe here at the moment; a bit of a Mecca for artistic people dying to express themselves.  

One of your mosaic pieces features at Lola , how did you go about designing this piece? 
I was really excited about this opportunity as I had done many commissions including on walls, bird baths and tables, but not yet a floor.  
Gorgi entrusted me to come up with the design, so I used the blue and white theme of her and Simon’s beautiful restaurant. I used blue china that I had that was over 100-years-old and had been dug up from people’s backyards (this was leftover from backyard rubbish holes, before rubbish collection was a thing) to do the Lola writing. 
To get the exact style of the Lola signature, I blew up the writing on the computer and traced it onto the concrete floor first, then used the white tiles as the background. 

Is making beautiful pieces as hard as it looks?  
Not at all! Once I’m on a roll, the pieces flow really well. I love sourcing the plates and lately I have been finding little figurines for the centre – these usually give me the theme, then it flows from there and they almost make themselves. 

Tell us about your mosaic workshops?   
I have been doing day-long workshops on a Sunday. In a day the students can finish a mosaic plate. They use three or four colourful china plates that I have sourced from op shops and antique bric-a-brac type shops and learn how to break these using a tile cutter, then they lay out their design on a plain white dinner plate and glue these down, then learn to grout. The day includes a light lunch and, tea and coffee. 

How can you get involved in my workshops?  
Message me if interested on Instagram, my phone or email.  Every term I will set some dates and you can choose a date that suits you. 

What does the next 12 months look like?  
I’m selling my work at the Art Gallery of Ballarat shop; so hoping to sell lots there! I will also be running my workshops and completing many commissions.  

What’s Ballarat’s best kept secret?  
Meeting up with friends at Lola for coffee and a then walking to the Art Gallery of Ballarat to look at the art. I also love going to the movies on Lydiard Street.  

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