Broken China Tea Cup Mosaic Progress

I am really interested in mosaics: the designs, the applications, and the methodology.



A friend gave me a beautiful china tea cup and saucer for my birthday, which my cat, of course, knocked off the counter and broke.

Since then I have held on to the pieces, hoping for an opportunity to use them in a project.


I thrifted this old clasp-purse and thought I could embellish it with a mosaic pattern of the broken china shards.

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I have been working on designing the pattern, as well as breaking and smoothing the pieces so that they will fit together.



The pieces will be tacked on with some hot glue, but I will also sew them down across the ends to give it more of a finish and firm up the attachment. The purse itself will also probably be used as a plant holder as well, to hang in front of a window (with a small potted plant sitting inside).

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  • Dana Friedman
    July 22, 2019 8:31 am

    I am looking for someone to make something out of a dozen old, non-matching tea cups that my grandmother collected. Do you do commissioned work?

  • Shawn Sprinkle
    January 31, 2016 11:29 pm

    That sucks your cat tipped it over! Really cool idea putting the mosaic on a purse, I’ve never seen anything like that before. The majority of the mosaics I’ve seen are static pieces of art. Way to think outside the box! Also what’s your favorite tea?

  • Meridith, I’m sure this will come out awesome! My only suggestion would be to go with a loosely spaced arrangement for whatever you decide your mosaic art to be. It would allow for more flexibility given the non-rigid nature of the bag. Good luck!

    • Meridith Richter
      January 31, 2016 2:35 pm

      True, I definitely came across that issue while making it, and had to adjust my design accordingly.


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