Nicola Upton is a mosaic artist based in Leigh-on-Sea.
Formally trained in 3D glass design, she uses her knowledge and experience to create work encompassing kiln-fused glass, stained glass, traditional mosaic and mixed media pieces incorporating glass and ceramics found on England’s beaches.
Nicola works in a snug studio at the end of her garden, where she also delivers art classes and workshops in mosaics and stained glass.
She always has a steady stream of students but offers flexible times and days to suit those interested in having a taste of these challenging and rewarding art forms.
Nicola says, “What I find most satisfying is meeting a complete beginner and taking them on a journey of discovery to find the best way for that person to achieve an original piece of work in mosaics, rather than copying a pattern of what someone else has already created. I often hear people say “I’m not creative” or “I can’t draw”. What I love to do is to take a person, find out what makes them tick, get them to explore their creativity leaving with a truly original piece of work which means something to them and proves that with the right approach we are all creative.