St Peter on the East Cliff, Folkestone mosaic by Jo Letchford Mosaic Artist, Folkestone, Kent


August 2017

Due to popular demand I am now offering mosaic courses from my home in Hythe. Spaces are limited to 2 people per course to enable personal tuition. The courses I have run so far had participants who didn’t know each other previously but left as friends. The day runs from 10.30 – 4.30 and includes a vegetarian lunch. Course notes and materials for your mosaic are provided. The cost per person is £125.00. If you would like further information please email me.
The photograph above is of a community mosaic which can be seen at St Peter on the East Cliff church in Folkestone. My design celebrated the traditional blessing of the fisheries held in June every year. The fishing boat in the foreground is carried to the harbour in procession for the service.

Kingsdown and Ringwould Church of England Primary School mosaic by Jo Letchford Mosaic Artist, Folkestone, Kent August 2016

I’m enjoying the freedom to explore my textile work now that I’m no longer at the shop but I’m still available for commissions and community mosaics. The image above is from the recently finished Kingsdown and Ringwould Church of England Primary School mosaic and makes a cheerful entrance to the school. The design was created from the children’s ideas and each child was able to place several tiles in the mosaic.
My next commission is a lottery funded heritage mosaic for St Peter on the East Cliff Church in Folkestone. The PCC were unanimously in favour of the design I submitted and I hope to start work on it soon. Images of the work in progress will appear on their website.
Penguin mosaic by Jo Letchford Mosaic Artist, Folkestone, Kent

September 2015

My last day of trading from the shop will be Saturday 26 September. I have been here for 8 years and am very grateful to the Creative Foundation for giving me the opportunity to run a successful business in the Creative Quarter.
I am looking forward to having some time and space to develop my own work, but will continue to undertake commissions and workshops although I shall not be offering my mosaic day courses at present.

Penguin mosaic by Jo Letchford Mosaic Artist, Folkestone, Kent

August 2015

My hands have finally reached the age where I cannot work for so long at a time on my mosaics. I have a delightful penguin commission and a public commission for the Globe and Laurel project in Walmer to keep me busy but after this I will be closing the shop in September.
Until then my opening hours are Wednesday - Saturday 10.30 - 2.00 and I am offering 20% discount on materials and mosaics so come and buy some while they’re still here!

Mont St Michel mosaic by Jo Letchford Mosaic Artist, Folkestone, Kent

March 2015

I’ve really enjoyed working on this commission of Mont St Michel. It took me 4 months and I enjoyed the whole process. I’m now busy working on another exciting commission - more news to follow.
Remember more frequent updates can be found on my facebook page Jo Letchford Mosaics.

Masters of Mosaic book by Oliver Budd featuring Jo Letchford, joletchford mosaics, Folkestone, Kent

April 2014

Jo is thrilled to be one of the 12 featured artists in Masters of Mosaic. Published by Robert Hale Ltd, Masters of Mosaic gives an exclusive insight into the work and specialist skills of twelve of England's premier contemporary mosaic artists. Each chapter is written by a different artist and gives their unique story, including their inspirations and influences, and how they design, create and install their mosaics. There are also superb colour illustrations throughout, featuring past and present commissions. Whether you work in stone, glass or ceramic, and are figurative or abstract in expression, this magnificent volume, which explores the work of the best artists in the business, is a must for anyone with an interest in this incredible art-form.

Jo is selling copies of the Masters of Mosaic book from her shop at a special discount rate of 10% off, so why not pop in and get your signed copy! If you can't get to the shop the book can be ordered from your local bookshop or online from the publisher, Amazon or Waterstones
ISBN-13: 9780719806698

Jo Lechford Mosacis Christmas shop window display, folkestone, Kent

December 2013

Jo Needs Your Vote
Vote for your favourite window display and win some amazing gifts. For the first time this year the competition has expanded beyond the Creative Quarter to the whole of Folkestone Town Centre. It's easy and if your vote is selected from the winning display entries, you could win one of our amazing prizes, including a meal for two at Rocksalt.
How to enter: Simply scan the QR code below with the relevant app on your smartphone, vote for Jo Letchford Mosaics and enter your details. Alternately, click on this link to be taken to the Christmas Window Display Competition webpage.

Don't forget that Jo has started making mosaic QR codes that are suitable for mounting outside of your shop or business. For more details see the September 2013 new story.

Christmas and New Year opening hours: Jo will be open up to and including Saturday 21 December, and will re-open on Wednesday 8 January.

Queen's Road Baptist Church, Broadstairs mosaic by Jo Letchford Mosaic Artist, Folkestone, Kent

November 2013

Queens Road Baptist Church, Broadstairs, Kent.
This mosaic was a community project and actively involved the pre-school group, youth group, special needs group and the elderly. They all stuck tiles in the mosaic and are delighted with the finished result which now takes pride of place in the church café.

  To read the older news stories please click here.