Kickassiette with Kelley Knickerbocker

Blowing the Lid Off Crockery Mosaic

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Mosaic Arts Online is thrilled to have Kelley Knickerbocker share one of her unique and creative approaches to creating mosaic art. You will never see crockery, broken china or your grandma's tea cups the same again. Kelley brings her enthusiasm and knowledge of not just how to create mosaic art with these broken items, but also touches on important abstract art principles such as composition, balance, movement, negative space and continuity.

Kelley takes you step by step through picking a palette, cutting various types of crockery to isolate/save their unique features and maximize their potential as mosaic tesserae, and composing and designing mosaics with crockery. And along the way she illuminates the magic of embedding crockery tesserae directly into mortar/thinset such that the mosaic is structurally stable, doesn’t require grouting, and takes on a sculptural quality.

With the techniques Kelley lays out in this online course you’ll have the knowledge you need to confidently create an entire abstract mosaic from crockery or add the sculptural dimensionality of crockery to your own unique mix of materials in a mosaic.

There is a PDF to download that has all the tools, materials and resources to get started.

Your Instructor

Kelley Knickerbocker
Kelley Knickerbocker

Visual artist Kelley Knickerbocker left a 22-yr administrative career at the University of Washington in 2006 to found a mosaic studio (Rivenworks Mosaics, Seattle) and direct her accumulated skills in project management and planning toward designing/fabricating/installing mosaic artwork for public, commercial, residential and gallery environments.

Kelley’s ruggedly dimensional mosaics, in a broad range of materials, are a textural distillation of her fascination with contrast, material properties and the technical challenges of mosaic construction. Sharing that fascination and learning from other art makers are keys to the freshness of Kelley’s mosaic practice, and she travels extensively throughout North America speaking, collaborating and teaching in-depth workshops on mosaic style and technique.

Kelley’s fine art mosaic panels have been accepted to numerous national and international juried exhibitions, and many reside in private collections. She is an active member of the Society of American Mosaic Artists.

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.


Thank you so much for sharing your talent and expertise. I learned much more than I expected and am sure I’ll absorb even more once I watch it a second — or third — time. Jude F.E

Great class, I just finished this session. I have taken classes where the instructor has in their mind what they want you to create, which I find very difficult because I see the project completely different from what they see. I find those classes difficult for me. However, this class let's you choose how your composition will look. Thank you for the freedom to create from your own mind an art piece. And I hadn't realized that you can use mortar/thin set as part of your piece. Very interesting and inspiring ideas and techniques. Elaine R.

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