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We welcome all who enjoy mosaics and would like to share their passion, experience and knowledge with others.

MASA strives to promote, develop and encourage mosaic art in all forms, shapes and media.


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MASA thanks the following donors for their kind contribution.

Anon E Mouse


Anonymous 2

Anonymous 3

Beverly Anne James

Beverly Fraser

El-Maree van Zweel

Ingrid Borgelt

Izak Venter

Joan Launspach

Judith Campbell

Leane Belgrove

Linda Reynolds

Rhona Norman

Sylvia Bouwer

Teresa Moreno

Thalia Rodkin





This is the sixth consecutive year that MASA has gathered the best work from their members into an exhibition that showcases the growing talent of the mosaic artists in South Africa.

Hosted by Mosaic Works in Cape Town, the Official Opening was attended by Kitty Douglas Jones (Headline Sponsors), artists, family, friends and mosaic enthusiasts. As always, the MASA Mosaic Exhibition would not have been possible without the generous support of our sponsors:

  • Douglas Jones Collection
  • Mosaic Works

We thank the Judge Panel headed by Rikus Keyser for their stirling work in selecting the following mosaics for awards:


No. 6 BLEEDING EARTH by Daleen Edgar (Advanced)

Prize: Douglas Jones Certificate of Excellence with R3500 cash


No. 18 : FLOWERS IN A POT by Wilma Pitt (Intermediate)

Prize: Douglas Jones Collection Certificate with R3000 cash



MASA - The next step

Started by MASA in General Interest. Last reply by Karin Stanford on Saturday. 34 Replies

To some of you this discussion will not be a surprise - In a nutshell, the past few MASA activities have highlighted the following (419 Members):Online Competition 10: Tribute to Portchie - 16 EntriesOnline Competition 11: Elements in Motion - 7 EntriesMASA Mosaic with Heart - 175 EntriesMASA in Support of RAGE - 37 EntriesMASA Bouquet for the Elderly - 41 EntriesMME 2013 - 18 Artists / 41 Entries including Top 12 Rhino'sMME 2014 - 7 Artists / 22 Entries on extended deadline for registration. Cher then begged, cajoled and bullied more participants to total 16 Artists / 35 entriesMASA at Hobby-X The Dome - Excellent reviews, high standard of mosaics (also consisted of MWH and RAGE mosaics)MASA at Hobby-X Cape Town - Excellent reviews, high standard of mosaics (also consisted of few MWH and RAGE mosaics)Drawing your own conclusions from the above information, something is not working and before we throw the baby out with the bathwater (closing MASA), please consider the following:PROPOSAL:Build an open website for the domain : www.mosaicassociation.co.za (using Wordpress) This domain is currently diverted to the MASA Network (http://mosaicassociationsa.ning.com) and costs approximately R250 per month.This domain has been in use since 2009 and appears on the first page of Google searches for "mosaic, South Africa" - so we will not lose the benefitMonthly cost (Wordpress website hosting and existing emails) R49.00 per month (including VAT)On the front page of the website will be a link to the OLD MASA NETWORK (Ning network) - which can continue to run until the end of November to allow people to remove their photo's etcThe website will be open to the public, potential mosaic buyers, suppliers etcMembers will be listed geographically on the MEMBERS PAGE with a link to their PAGE dedicated to their work which would feature a short mosaic biography (experience, awards,…Continue

Re: the problem with competitions

Started by Diana Brett in General Interest. Last reply by MASA on Friday. 15 Replies

Please  i know you don't get enough entries and i agree that isn't good.   but maybe  competitions should be advertised a bit further in advance giving people more time to do there projects.Please please do not close this site down .... its the most amazing site on the planet ... and if i could i would be on here the whole day..........  this site inspires and motivates  please don't even consider that.Regarding a future project.  i would like to suggest we do  different butterflies  and then put them at the Donald Gordon hospital  in Jan smuts ave  Johannesburg in the children cancer ward on the walls to  brighten and give them some hope.If we put them on the walls  down the  passages and  even in the wards just to brighten the place and give the kids some hope even though  its incredible sad very few of them make it ...  and i speak  for niece who thank God is resting in peace and is no longer  sufferingThat would be so cool to do something like that .........Please lets all work together as artists and make this site work - its the most inspiring site on the planet. and we need you!  Don't close please, don't even think of that.Continue


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How I make wine last...

Posted by Allison Samantha Adams-Witbooi on June 11, 2014 at 20:00 0 Comments

Want to know how I make my wine last? First, here's my story...

After all the excitement of crushing grapes, we watch (and taste!) the babies (juice) ferment into young adults (wine). Once all settled in, we monitor (and taste!) the maturation process to the point that they are ready to leave their vessels, after which, the part which inspires me most comes in: The art of blending.

Blending of wines are done for various reasons. For me, it means the blending of components in order to compliment each other,  to the point where the result is bigger than the sum of components put together.

The same process is followed in mosaics.  It is why I am drawn to it.  To some,  mosaics are seen as a mere puzzle.  To me, putting various pieces of glass together to form a bigger picture is invaluable. Like wine components, no two pieces are the same,  making each mosaic unique.

My decision to do mosaics did not mean that I had to abandon my love for wine. It just…


First Grouted Mosaic.....Done!

Posted by Donja Leegwater on June 5, 2014 at 10:30 4 Comments

After 3 years of studiously avoiding grout in my mosaics, I finally took the plunge and made a grouted piece for the Bouquet for the Elderly project (piece entitled "flower1").

I don't know why I didn't do it sooner.  It was so easy to grout (thanks to Thomas for his excellent advice and tips in this area)...and it has such a great "mud pies" feeling to it - took me straight back to childhood.

The grout made such a difference to the piece, highlighting the lines of the quasi-geometric pattern and bringing it to life.

Gives me the courage to go and try lots of other stuff that I have been putting of because I am nervous that I won't be able to do it or it's too difficult, etc. 

Thanks mosaic for another life lesson.…



Posted by El-Maree van Zweel on May 4, 2014 at 10:26 4 Comments

In 2013, I saw a very attractive and detailed piece of mosaic on the glassworks island of Murano in Venice (see photo's). Upon enquiring from the shop assistant as to the identity of the artist, I was told that they were not sure who she was, but that she was from Ravenna, "...the heart of mosaic artistry in Italy...". This surprised me, as it was in fact the first time I had taken notice of Ravenna and its place in the history of mosaic, but now that I know, I want to go there!  They actually have a school (est. 1968) which teaches the traditional mosaic techniques, like those used by the artisans who created the mosaics for the Basilica San Marco.  This sounds like an art retreat of note



Bouquet for the elderly

Posted by Karin Stanford on April 8, 2014 at 9:30 2 Comments

Inspired by the launch of this community service project, I thought I would share the following extract from a poem I have kept close to me for a long time.....

And I think of the years and the love that I've known.

I'm now an old woman ...and nature is cruel;

'Tis jest to make old age look like a fool.

The body, it crumbles, grace and vigour depart,

There is now a stone where I once had a heart.

But inside this old carcass a young girl still dwells,

And now and again, my battered heart swells.

I remember the joys, I remember the pain,

And I'm loving and living life over again.

I think of the years ....all too few, gone too fast,

And accept the stark fact that nothing can last.

So open your eyes, people, open and…


All fired up for "bouquet for the elderly"

Posted by Donja Leegwater on March 17, 2014 at 9:31 4 Comments

I am feeling all inspired by the bouquet for the elderly project that is currently in progress and have decided to set myself 2 personal challenges for this project:

1. First "real thing" mosaic and

2. First use of grout in one of my mosaics.

My usual mosaic work is more on the abstract side because I have a fear of trying to mosaic "real things".  Having zero art training or experience (other than the RTFM (read the flippin' manual) kind) I just know that any still life will look like 4 year old fridge art and dogs will look like donkeys. However, I have decided that I need to pull on my big girl panties and give it a go for this project - I am clenching thumbs that they will be recognisable as a flower of some sort 

Since I work mostly in smalti and marble, I have never had to grout a project so I have decided to create a piece that requires grout this time around.  This gives me 2 new things to try:  different materials to…


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Karin Wainwright replied to Diana Brett's discussion Re: the problem with competitions
"Ja, dont go under the radar with this please. It is a MASA initiative so allow everyone to be part…"
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"Cher, I think what you are proposing is fabulous and I fully agree with it.  I have tried to…"
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"Hey all, have been reading all the comments and responses to the "New Look MASA" and been…"
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