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Weekend Masterclass In Mosaic With Janice Corbishley


Sat 16 Sep 2017, 10:30am–3:30pm
Sun 17 Sep 2017, 10:30am–3:30pm

Where: Creative Arts Napier, Community Arts Centre, 16 Byron Street, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Cost: $125.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: Lisa Feyen

Join us for the September workshop in our exciting series of Masterclasses... an opportunity to extend your skills, try something new and meet like-minded creatives in the relaxed and friendly atmosphere at the CAN.

At this workshop, you will learn the intricacies of making mosaic work, with expert tutor Janice Corbishley. Janice is a well known local mosaic artist who produces very individual and uniquely beautiful work. She will guide you into making your own gorgeous masterpiece over the course of the weekend.

Cost with an additional materials cost (to be confirmed).
Bring your old china, op shop finds, broken pieces etc!

Tea and coffee provided, bring your lunch.

To book, please contact or call - 06 835 9448.

About Janice Corbishley…
When you have the privilege of getting to know Janice better, you soon realize that ‘mosaic’ describes not only her beloved art form but also her life. Janice hasn’t always had things easy. She’s had to deal with some very tough issues. Yet, her positive attitude to life, quick wit, infectious laugh and exceptional talent find its way into all her beautiful mosaic pieces she creates.

“I do bond with every piece and have a need to keep it around me for some time before letting it go. A piece of my heart and soul goes into each creation.”

Janice is a successful business woman in her own right, having spent 20 years in a very competitive retail industry. When most of us get ready to go to bed, she puts on her creative hat. “I do most of my art between 7 and 12 at night. It’s a great time to do something you love and relax your mind”. This pattern is about to change as Janice moves towards a full-time career in art.

She first stumbled upon a mosaic workshop in progress in Taupo. Fascinated by the story telling prospects within the art, she signed up for a course in 2000. ‘My first piece was a small table with black tiles, mirror border and abstract toothbrush and toothpaste. I still have it – it takes place of pride in my bathroom’.

Janice has become the ultimate collector. Her garage is a testimony to this. Boxes full of china and porcelain – the oldest to date – 130 years. She prefers fine bone china. “I started with broken china from a department store. Then moved into the fine china sourced from antique shops, auctions, but the most amazing is given to me by equally amazing people with a story attached. Occasionally people leave China in my letterbox!”

Looking at some of the exquisite pieces she has created you can’t help but wonder where the inspiration comes from. “The ideas mainly flow from the china itself, the colours, curve, texture connected with a memory, and or story just evolves into my pieces. Nothing is planned from the beginning”.

Her first exhibition was at the Red Peach Gallery in Ahuriri Napier. The theme was ‘Ladies in Waiting’. She exhibited at Trelise Cooper’s Parnell Boutique in August-September 2004. Five of her other pieces were accepted in the first NZ Affordable Art Show Wellington in August 2004 (“Which received a mention from Prime Minster Helen Clark in her opening speech”, Janice adds modestly).

Two of her pieces were also selected for Esk River Hawke’s Bay review 2004 (Annual Exhibition of Art and Craft, “Pink” magazine October 2006 and Art Beat at l’Arte’ Taupo January 2008).

Her work is absolutely stunning, sensual and breathtaking. She designed clothing in the 80’s and to her, “mosaic is like dress making in porcelain with a bit of poetry thrown in.”

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