Dec 13, 2015

Australia Days Etsy Spotlight & Giveaway: Suze Loves Mosaic Treasure!



I love Mosaic Treasure.


The owner, Tania, makes the most beautiful glass jewelry.


It's colorful and unique and I love the style.


I like how the pieces sparkle and how vibrant they are.


I've asked Tania a few questions to find out more about her and her shop:

1) Where did you learn your craft?

After years of wanting to do mosaics, I signed up for a night class at the local high school in Auckland, NZ, about 6 years ago. As an absolute newbie it took me a while afterwards to work out I had been told to buy the wrong tool, used the wrong glue and given bad grouting advice, but I wasn’t deterred. Glass mosaics became my hobby to combat stress in my day job, and I started to research techniques myself. I came across Laurel Skye’s book, “Mosaic Renaissance” at the library and was introduced to millefiori. It was love at first sight, and when I imported some to play with, I couldn’t resist making them into mosaic jewellery. Family circumstances meant at this time I was able to walk away from my day job, and I started developing my mosaic jewellery using grout and resin. So mostly I am self-taught, trial and error method.


2) How did your Etsy adventure start?

Soon after I started making jewellery a successful crafty friend told me about Etsy, and I opened a shop immediately. The response was minimal, probably because my first pieces weren’t very good, the photos were lousy and I was so busy making I didn’t put any effort into marketing. Earlier this year I revisited Etsy, and began to sell. I was lucky enough to join an Etsy Creative Courage Challenge several months ago which has helped me enormously in terms of SEO, photos, marketing and of course, sales. I have always done well at physical markets, so it is gratifying to see online sales increase as well.


3) How would you describe your style?

Probably eclectic more than having one particular style, working with millefiori means I can create loud, multicolour pieces one day, then monochrome delicate ones the next. I love colour, and richness of detail, and the lustre of shining glass. I have a tried and true range of jewellery, but also love experimenting with interesting colour and shape combinations and seeing how customers react.


4) What inspires you?

A lot of my inspiration starts with the colours of the glass I have in front of me, and the different colours and sizes of the millefiori. Now living on the Mornington Peninsula south of Melbourne, I am often inspired by the sea and the sky and these colours are among my favourites to work with.


5) What is your signature piece?

The multi-coloured flower pieces, which I make in almost all forms and sizes.


6) What are your plans for the future?

Next year I hope to expand online and retail sales and move away from standing in the cold at too many markets. There are plans for some mosaic tile workshops, and I want to learn more about fusing glass. I also have a large collection of vintage paperweight millefiori with which I will be creating a range of one-off pieces. I also hope to go back to Venice to visit Murano again in the next few years.


I love the technique Tania uses, her designs are fantastic.


Tania is very kind and helpful. She accepts custom orders, so don't hesitate to contact her if you have a special request.


On Facebook you can find a gallery where you can see all the amazing designs she's made.


Check out this brilliant Etsy store.


Enjoy browsing...


And have fun shopping!


One very lucky reader of my blog will receive an amazing prize. Tania will send some beautiful surprise jewelry to the winner of this giveaway.


Good luck!

I will contact the winner via e-mail. If I don't get a reply within 60 hours the prize will go to someone else. All of my giveaways are international, you can find the official rules here.

57 comments:

  1. I love how it reminds me of rock candy from my childhood :)

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  2. I love the colorful designs and the intricacy of the small pieces.

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  3. I love the beautiful designs & colours :)

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  4. Love how beautiful and unique these are

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  5. I like the fact that Tania's pretty much self-taught - it's great motivation to get more creative!.

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  6. I like that the old millefiore is combined with modern designs.

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  7. Love the designs and the bright colours!

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  8. Many of these would look great on my Honey!

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  9. These items are delightful, awe-inspiring, and lovely.

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  10. I love the unique and beautiful designs xx

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  11. I love her designs because they are different than any I've seen before.

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  12. I love how unique her designs are, haven't seen anything like them before x

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  13. I love the beautiful designs and how simple they are.

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  14. those are all so lovely! Thanks for sharing!

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  15. I love how colorful all the pieces are!

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  16. I love these modern designs! :-)

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  17. I love the unique, earthy, yet craftsman style feel to designs. I don't see this type of jewelry anywhere and I love the originality of it. The ring is one of my favorites!

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  18. The items are very unique and the colors are beautiful.
    mtakala1 at yahoo dot com

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  19. I love that she has designs that feel feminine and soft while other feel a bit edgier and unique! There is something for everyone there!

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  20. So many beautiful designs. Loving all of the colours.

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  21. I love the bright colors, the shapes, and the variety. Her jewelry evokes happiness.

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  22. Bright colors,unique,wonderful design :)

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  23. I love millefiori jewellery, the bright colours and lovely designs are really pretty. Rafflecopter entries are in my real name NIKKI HAYES, thanks for another great giveaway :o)

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  24. I absolutely would love to win a beautiful mosaic jewelry piece. Gorgeous!

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  25. I love the colors of this shop. It's very cheerful and welcoming.

    kiddomsg at gmail dot com

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  26. I love the unique colorful designs.

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  27. Wow, Suze this Jewelry is Just Gorgeous but I am a Huge Fan of Mosaic to Begin with! I Have a Whole Vase, Mirror, & Candle Holder Set in My Bedroom that is Mosaic! I Love How Original the Pieces are in Her etsy Shop too, Each One is Just as Beautiful as the Last! I Also Love How Fun & Colorful the Pieces are Which Would Make Them a Perfect Gift to Give a Friend or Family Member! Thanks for Sharing Suze and Thanks for the Giveaway Too! Have a Blessed Day... Jana

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  28. What beautiful jewelry. I am looking at the different items and saying, "Oh I like that, and that, oh isn't that cute, I love that."

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  29. I think my daughter would love the bright, pretty designs.

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  30. I love how she has such brightly colored designs!

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  31. There are a lot of great colours, and the glass adds depth!

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  32. I love the diversity of the items! So many choices, but all kind of with a cool connected theme!

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  33. Love the colorful pieces!

    Melody Kay

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  34. I love the colorful designs of the necklaces! They all are amazing!

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  35. I love the beauty & variety of the jewelry.

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  36. I love the beauty & variety of the jewelry.

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  37. I love the beautiful colors and that the designs look like candies. She certainly has talent. :)

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  38. Of all of the giveaways, this one is my favorite. I love the flowers and the designs.

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  39. I really like all of the different choices of pretty much the same thing. So many places don't have the different styles of earrings but you do.

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  40. Fatimah Mardhiah OmarDecember 24, 2015 at 7:59 AM

    I like the unique designs of each of them, the colours used are making the jewelries more beautiful and elegant. I love to at least own one of them :)

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  41. I have never seen anything like these pieces before. They are Awesome!!

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  42. I love the colours and the prices.

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  43. I love how original all the items are

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  44. I like how it reminds me of looking at paperweights when I was young. These are really attractive.

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  45. I love how intricate the pieces are and how they look different depending on the angle. Truly lovely works of art! Thank you for the lovely contest, Suze! And, oh, the amazing colors!

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  46. I took a class and made some earrings with glass. She has such lovely and detailed pieces. She's a true artist.

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  47. I love unusual jewellery, these pieces are beautiful and so unique.

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