The place where mosaic artists tell their stories…

Have you ever looked at a mosaic and wondered who created it? Where did they get their inspiration? How did they learn their craft? And why use mosaics? Well, some of the answers are here. And if they’re not, hey, come along and enjoy the ride! These artists are interesting people and they take great joy in their work, but each story is different. See what you can learn from their experiences.

Hello and welcome to The Face Behind the Mosaic. My name is Ian Laurie and I’m a mosaic artist. In 2019, I interviewed a variety of mosaic artists in order to understand how they came to use and create mosaics and what their inspirations are. For me, learning about the artist can be as informative as the art itself. I hope to continue my series of interviews, but in the meantime, I’ve maintained the site for your pleasure and learning. I hope that you get as much from these discussions as I did. So, please, read on, learn, and enjoy!

Shining Suns Mosaic

‘Shining Suns’ mosaic, before installation, by Ian Laurie. Photo by the author.

You can find my own work to here. I hope you find time to visit, but please do enjoy this site, too.


By Ian Laurie

Since 2010, I have been making and installing mosaic art. I have a BSc and MSc in social sciences and a PhD in Education for my work on the English apprenticeship system. Outside of mosaics, I'm a fan of classic and modern progressive rock, love dogs and I'm so vegetarian that I'm virtually vegan. I have worked as a lens maker and I ran karate clubs in Haslemere (Surrey) and then Winchester (Hampshire).

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