We work out of a one-bedroom-two-studio-rowhouse in Lansdale, PA, just north of Philadelphia.
- We use glass as our main material. Some pieces have multiple levels, and anything sticking up higher than the rest is more vulnerable to being dislodged. The edges on Margaret’s mosaics are fairly smooth by the time a mosaic is grouted, but be aware, as with anything bumpy, that they may catch on things. Wayne’s mosaics are usually a delightfully smooth surface, because of his mad stained glass grinder skills.
- Trivets: Glass is heat hardy, but please be gentle with the wooden frame. Do not submerse in water. Wipe clean with a damp cloth.
- House Numbers: These are made with water resistant glue, on slate, and the grout is sealed for stain resistance so you can use them outdoors. Of course, all mosaics are happier when sheltered and securely fastened.
- Mosaic Mandalas & Panels: Unless specifically commissioned for the outdoors, these are made to be used indoors, or sheltered on a porch. Swipe with a feather duster on occasion.
- Stained glass: Clean with glass cleaner. We recommend hanging from a hook rather than using suction cups, which can be unreliable. If you do opt for suction cups, check the seal regularly.
Yes! We love meeting our fans and collectors at the 15 or so shows we do each year. Our radius is about 1-2 hours from our home in southeastern PA. Check our Nutmeg Designs Schedule for current dates.
Although we’d love to have time to teach classes, we haven’t found a way to add more hours to the day!
Here are some places to find classes:
- Workshop Directory via Society of American Mosaic Artists (mostly US)
- Mosaic Artists Yahoo Group (join the group and then look in Links for Classes and Workshops)
- Mosaic Art Classes Directory via Wits End Mosaic
- New England Classes
- Mosaic Instruction Resource Page via Mosaic Art Supply
- Artists in Stained Glass Class Directory
- Glass Classes in Canada via Fusion Glassblowing
- Schools and Programs with Glass Education via Glass Art Society
- International Art Glass Business Directory: Glass Education
Repairing stained glass is a true art form, best left to those who specialize in it.
- Accredited Members of the Stained Glass Association of America
- The Preservation and. Repair of Historic Stained and Leaded Glass. Preservation Brief from the National Park Service
If you want to display something outdoors, please ask us about your options. Any mosaic would be happier in a sheltered location, but we do make our House Numbers for outdoors. We use either slate or WEDI board, waterproof glue, and we seal the grout for stain resistance. We strongly recommend that you affix slate numbers using masonry screws through the pre-drilled holes, tightening gently so as not to crack the slate. We can provide a leather strap, but wind is a consideration. You can also take the plaque to a framer and then hang with a chain, in which case, request that we leave out the holes.
Work in our Nutmeg Designs Etsy shop is only safe for outdoors if indicated in the description.
Within the United States we use Priority Mail with Delivery Confirmation. If you need something expedited, let us know. In cases of very large or heavy commissions, we use a professional shipping company. Outside the US we use International First Class.
We take utmost care in packaging your Nutmeg Designs mosaic or stained glass in order for it to reach you safely. We’ve successfully sent work across the country, had it survive being thrown over a garden gate, and even sent work overseas.