I’m Rachel Soley, the founder of Pretty Little Mosaics. I've never written a blog before, so please bear with me if this is all a bit unbloggy! I make mosaic gifts and artwork for your home and garden. I live in Cambridge, UK with my family and overly demanding cats (you will notice they quite often pop up in my pictures and videos as they hate not being centre of attention!)
I love using upcycled china as the starting point of my work and giving old unloved plates a new purpose.
I use a wide range of materials including upcycled English vintage bone china, retro china, oriental china, contemporary china, beach found pottery, ceramic work, glass beads, mirror glass, cabochon, charms, millefiori and mosaic tiles. I am always on the look out for new materials to use. I love collaborating with other artists and I am very lucky that a number of talented people have let me use some of their ceramics in my work. I find this so inspirational. If you want to find out more about these artists and find out how to find their shops, please pop over to this page to find out more.
I create my pieces to catch the light and shine. I want my pieces to look different by day and night and create interest. I love to create lots of detail so that there is always something new to notice in each piece; I guess my style is 'more is more!'.
Each piece is made with care and attention to detail and is unique. From time to time I find a design is so popular that I make many more (like my Christmas 2020 robins and real sixpence Christmas puds!). I am always thrilled when something captures people's interest and I will then make more of a design, but each piece will still be different and have its own twist.
To see more of my work, please pop over to view my gallery. A lot of my photos are taken at home (lockdown life!) so if you spot anything else handmade like the floral bunting on my home screen and want to know about the maker, let me know and I will be happy to help.
I do take a limited number of commissions if this is something you want to find out more about.