Pebble Mosaic Workshops



For many years, David has  run one day pebble mosaic workshops from his working studio in central Ilkley. 


This workshop is unique in that it has been designed to fit comfortably into one day, covering the history and practicalities of mosaic, giving advice, as well as creating your own mosaic through to casting it, which can then be collected once it has cured.  


The workshop usually runs on Saturdays from 10 until 6pm, so if you are staying for a few days,  the cured mosaic can be picked up on Monday before you travel home or it can be picked up at a later date.


People find the workshops not only informative, but relaxing, therapeutic, and good for their wellbeing.


The workshops give David  the opportunity to share the knowledge he has built up over many years on commission work and give people practical advice to help them with their specific projects, whether that is in pebble or other types of mosaic.


Numbers are kept to a maximum of 3 people to make sure that everyone gets the best from the day, and his wife Caroline who is a designer and mosaicist provides support throughout the day.







 Gift - lucky me


"I had been interested in taking a mosaic course for a while and this course was a gift – lucky me!

I learnt so much from David who was really generous with his knowledge and the practical session was really well structured.

Both David and Caroline were amazing at gently steering me in the right direction.

I would highly recommend this course to anyone interested in learning how to do this gorgeous craft."




A perfect day and weekend


"I've  just  come back from a one day course in pebble mosaic at Olicana in Ilkley. 

I was a complete novice.

What a lovely day, David is  so informative and he and his wife helped us to produce our own mosaic to take  home.

Lovely relaxed atmosphere in their own workshop.

I've always wanted to try this and I am so pleased with my mosaic.


Ilkley is a wonderful town to visit, we stayed in a local  Airbnb, plenty of lovely coffee  spots and shops and places to eat out in the evening


A perfect day and weekend. Thank you  David  and  Caroline”





Workshop content 


David will take you through all the steps involved in creating a square or circular or shell shaped pebble mosaic measuring 45cm/18inch square or in diameter. This will weigh about 20kg (45 lb). Time is given to discuss materials, methods, tools and techniques as dictated by your interests.


The pebble mosaic will then be cast and can be collected at a later date once it has cured.


Tools, materials and are included in the cost. Hot and cold drinks will be provided, just bring your lunch.










Gift Vouchers


These are a popular choice for birthdays, celebrations, Christmas gifts, special occasions, retirement presents and events. 


These can be emailed or sent through the post and are valid for 12 months. 










Saturday 10th August 2024 - Fully Booked


Saturday 17th August 2024


Saturday 28th September 2024


Saturday 5th October 2024


Saturday 12th October 2024





Contact me by phone or email for availability.



Dates are available for group bookings and to celebrate special occasions and events.







£285 per person



How to book and more information


For more details on the workshops and current availability, contact me by phone or email: 

 07980 086266  



Getting the most out of your visit to Ilkley 


Whether you are spending the day with us or making a long weekend of it, Ilkley has a lot to offer in terms of food, entertainment and accommodation. 


If you are with someone who is not attending the workshop, there is something to suit most people’s interest’s, so they won’t be at a loose end and can join us at the end of day.


So why not maximise your stay and enjoy what Ilkley has to offer whilst you are in the area.




About Ilkley


Set on the southern edge of the Yorkshire Dales, Ilkley is a picturesque Victorian Spa town surrounded by specular unspoiled scenery, nestling underneath the moor and the famous Cow and Calf rocks.   


As well as being popular with walkers and cyclists, Ilkley is the ideal place to relax and treat yourself. There are excellent restaurants, independent shops, hotels and self catering cottages.


Indulge yourself at the famous Bettys Cafe and Tea Rooms or enjoy one of the many cultural  events which take place throughout the year such as the Ilkley Literature Festival, the Real Food Ilkley Market, concerts and exhibitions at the Manor House, Kings Hall and the Play House. 




Ilkley is within easy reach of Harrogate, Leeds and Bradford with good road and rail connections.


If you are looking for garden inspiration there are plenty to choose from nearby including, the Duke of Devonshire’s stunning estate at Bolton Abbey, the beautifully landscaped gardens at RHS Harlow Carr, the jewel like Arts and Crafts Garden at York Gate in Adel, and Harewood House.


If you are interested in local arts and culture Salts Mill is worthy a visit. It sits within the Unesco World Heritage site of Saltaire, and holds a large collection of work by locally born artist David Hockney, as well a vast bookshop, cafe and designer shopping. 

The Bronte Parsonage and Shibden Hall, the home of Anne Lister made famous by the Gentleman Jack TV series, are worth a visit too.


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