Air Dry Clay Tiles and Elements for Mosaic Art with Carol Shelkin

Create fun and colorful tiles and inclusions for your mosaics

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Have you wondered what it would be like to add “ceramic like” pieces to your mosaics, but you do not have access to a kiln? Are you curious about how to make unique tesserae in a short period of time for inclusion in indoor displayed mosaic art projects?

Now you can do this with Carol Shelkin’s tried and true methods of creating air-dry clay tiles and design elements for your mosaic art projects. You will be able to create unique elements and tiles anytime and anywhere. The techniques taught in this course, combined with your creative voice and style, will allow you to sculpt and manipulate the clay into a variety of shapes and sizes.

In this course you will learn:

  • Carol’s favorite air-dry clay
  • How to create unique stamps
  • How to shave the clay for a bas-relief effect
  • How to make small sculptures and 3D effects with a few pottery tools
  • How to use textured items to add dimension to the clay
  • How to use molds and other common items to create embellishments
  • How to color the clay with mica powders and acrylic paints
  • How to adhere the tiles and elements to the substrates
  • Carol’s method for curing the clay tiles and elements
  • Carol’s favorite sealants
  • How to create a cohesive composition with the clay tiles and design elements

Through the use of air-dry clay you will find a new freedom for making tiles, design elements, and mosaic inclusions without the need for a kiln. Carol demonstrates how to create a variety of shapes and how to color them. Although there isn’t any mosaic instruction in this course, once you have the knowledge for making your own air-dry clay elements, the sky's the limit on what you can add to your art projects.

As you follow along with Carol, she will demonstrate multiple ways to use this clay in both white and terracotta. This will allow you to make pieces that can be colored and sealed for any of your indoor mosaic art projects.

Included in this course is a PDF for download with all the tools, materials, and resources.



Your Instructor


Carol Shelkin
Carol Shelkin

Carol Shelkin, a visual artist is creating contemporary, fine art, original and intricate mosaic designs that eminent care and attention to detail with hand cut, high quality stained glass and other glass materials.

Taking to art as soon as she was able to hold a crayon, she started attending Fleisher Art Memorial in Philadelphia at seven years old. It was made clear at a young age that her life would be centered on her passion for art.
She continued her artistic direction with studies at Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and studied under mosaic masters in Ravenna, Italy. Before becoming a full time artist and instructor, she owned a successful arts nursery school/child care program.
Carol accepts week long and weekend workshops, commissions and creates one-of-a-kind works of art that are displayed in galleries, community centers, libraries, commercial and residential settings. She works with the clients to form a partnership to help make their visions into a work of art. She also offers workshops and tours as far as Costa Rica, Mexico, and Spain, to name a few with Worldwide Mosaic Art Workshops and Tours.
Carol received several grants from The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Upper Darby Arts and chosen to receive the prestigious Robin Brett Mosaic Scholarship for continued education from The Society of American Mosaic Artists. She is a Founding Member and past President of The Mosaic Society of Philadelphia.
Carol finds a very eclectic approach to surface design, placing glass where she, as a painter naturally places paint.

Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 14 days and we will give you a full refund.

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