Maggy Howarth is one of the world's leading authorities on pebble mosaics. Her commissions fetch high prices and appear in city squares, hospital grounds and public gardens and fountains. She teaches at the Chicago Mosaic School, and her summer workshops in the U.K. sell out year after year.
Outdoor mosaics have become increasingly popular as landscape design elements. MacKay illustrates projects for freestanding planters and sculptural objects decorated with irregular glass shards. These are very colorful and stand out prominently in the garden. Pebble mosaics, on the other hand, are more subdued, reflecting the natural colors of rounded stones. Howarth (Pebble Mosaics: Complete Designs and Techniques for Paths, Patios, and Walls) describes the techniques of creating and installing large mosaics with photos of her own work and that of others around the world. This is an excellent source of design ideas for landscape artists. Both books are suitable for public libraries. Howarth's should also be in academic landscape architecture collections. [MacKay's book is a Crafter's Choice Book Club selection.-Ed.] Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
[Review of earlier edition: ] Walkways and fountain areas featuring intricate mosaic pebble designs are made easy for the average craftsperson.--Jim Carlson"Country Decorating Ideas" (07/01/2004) Appropriate for the uninitiated and the veteran of pebble walkways alike, this is truly a complete guide to the medium.--Home Builder (Pierrefonds, QC) (04/30/2009) This heavy, photo-filled book is both a tour of beautiful pebble mosaics and an instruction manual.--Oregonian (04/09/2009) [Review of earlier edition: ] A book full of possibilities... more than 300 photographs of intricate designs from around the world... [Howarth ] comes to the rescue of novices, however, with her technique for a precast mosaic.-- (12/20/2003) [Review of earlier edition: ] The high art of pebble mosaic, so lovingly, lavishly, and exhaustively documented... Part world tour of pebble art, part do-it-yourself guide, and part idea catalog, the book succeeds remarkably.-- (04/01/2004) [Review of earlier edition: ] With photos of some of the world's finest pebble mosaics, this handbook is both an invitation and an inspiration.--Kitchener Record (09/20/2003) [Review of earlier edition: ] An excellent source of ideas for landscape artists.--Library Journal (10/15/2003) [Review of earlier edition: ] Photographic examples of often stunning pebblework... a step-by-step approach to the craft. [Review of earlier edition: ] Not only a history of mosaics and beautiful photographs, but a how-to guide for projects... Directions are clear and illustrated.-- (12/21/2003) [Review of earlier edition: ] Benefit from Howarth's experiences as she shares methods that have succeeded and failed. She also gives her special cement recipe.-- (10/25/2003) [Review of earlier edition: ] Pebble pizzazz... a fun way to jazz up outdoor spaces.-- (09/27/2003) In this book, we are treated to a mesmerizing expos of one of the oldest forms of garden decoration.... Maggy Howarth, an accomplished artist from the UK, has compiled stunning examples of their complexity and beauty in many styles--the plentiful photographs are guaranteed to inspire.... Appropriate as a coffee table book and an instructive text, beginner and pro alike will not be disappointed... I can only aspire to creating a pebble mosaic as amazing as the ones in this book. The great news is, this is the only book I'll need for the project, start to finish.-- (09/20/2010)