Mosaic has some bite

A TABLE mosaic outside the Gloucester Gallery has been revamped.

The table, which was built using tiles decorated by local children in 1999, has become a mega-sized snakes and ladders board.

The original design used painted tiles following the theme ‘what makes Gloucester special?’

Local potter Pippa Robinson and Newcastle Studio Potters artist Jane Randall-Smith spent last week completing the new design.

“It features 10 snakes that can all be found in the local area,” Mrs Robinson said.

“We decided to make it snakes and ladders so people using the area could enjoy it.”

Mrs Robinson said the previous mosaic had reached the end of its life, but some of the tiles had been salvaged and would be used in a separate display.

“Outdoor mosaics have a limited life of about 10 years,” she said.

“We’ll also be putting up some information about how to deal with snake bites.

Ms Randall-Smith said the tiles had been glazed at a heat of 1100 degrees.

“Jane has given up her timely freely to help with the project,” Mrs Robinson said.

“It’s a real coup for us to have someone of Jane’s talent here to help.”

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