I have always loved things which are made by the slow and deliberate accumulation of parts whether it be the dry stone walls of the north or a sentence that contains all that needs to be said. The result seems casual, organic and simple but the process is usually long and far from effortless. So it is with mosaics.
Working out of my Edinburgh studio, I make site specific mosaics to commission for interior and exterior spaces. I mostly use Winckelmans unglazed ceramic tiles and vitreous glass but also experiment with alternative materials from local limestone and slate to foraged shells, pebbles and trash.
Helen Miles is a mosaic artist with a reputation as a maker of finely executed pieces inspired by ancient mosaics but with a contemporary feel. She studied with master crafts people in Greece and specialises in using marble and stone but loves the variety of mosaic materials from ceramics and glass to pebbles, shells and broken crockery. She is an experienced mosaic teacher who brings together students with diverse abilities and inspires enthusiasm in the process and pride in the results. Helen is also an internationally recognised mosaic blogger and editor of Andamento, the journal of the British Association for Modern Mosaic.