Natalia Basalaeva, fluid art and glassblowing and mosaic teacher

Natalia Basalaeva
Le Motif

Le Motif

Stunning stained glass and ceramic painting

5.0 (29)

I am a ceramic and glass artist who originally hails from Russia but 2 years ago moved to Australia and now based in Northern Beaches of Sydney. I graduated from art school in my youth, but applied myself to the field of economics before returning to my roots with a course in Interior Decoration in the International Design School in Moscow in 2014 after 10 years of auditing.

To quit my job was a big desicion but now I can say - the best in my life. My family used to say that hobby can't be your full time job, but I disagreed.

I specialise in glass and ceramic painting, having started the former in 2013 in Moscow. I learned glass and ceramic painting by myself, step by step, year by year. And still learning: learning new techniques, new materials, new surfaces...

Constantly developing my work, I am currently in a period of transition and evolving from my previous style. I found contemporary art interesting to me and decided to use my mediums to create some pieces of art in another way.

If you are the one who loves stained glass painting, painted ceramic tiles or plates, fluid art...if you want to learn how to do it yoursellf, you are more than welcome to my workshops! I will tell you everything that I know.






Lorna Russell • Sep 2020

Make a Ceramic Tile Wall Art

I loved my ceramic painting session! Natalia was really knowledgeable and passionate about her craft. She gave me 1-1 attention and built up my skill gradually until she felt I could work independently. The kit was fabulous- it had all I needed and more! Natalia has thought of everything! I thoroughly recommend this class. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Make a Ceramic Tile Wall Art review by Lorna Russell

Tania Hartley • Jul 2020

DIY Stained Glass Painting at Home

Natalia was fantastic and the class was awesome I really enjoyed it.
She was great the way she explained about all the different types of mediums and paints etc
Great experience all round. Thankyou. Now to finish my piece and then do some more

Kersti Skipper • Jun 2020

DIY Stained Glass Painting

What a fun workshop, Natalia knows her stuff, she has a great eye for colour, so we were well guided (we needed all the help we could get). Definitely one to recommend!

Sarah Montzorbry • Jun 2020

DIY Stained Glass Painting at Home

Absolutely brilliant class. Natalia is such a wonderful teacher and made learning from home easy and enjoyable.

Glassblowing and Mosaic workshop review by Sarah Montzorbry

Monica Alaoui • Jun 2020

Make a Ceramic Tile Wall Art

Loved it! Natalia was a great teacher. So patient and gave great instructions and advice. Have told all my friends about it and really looking forward to future classes. Thanks!

Painting workshop review by Monica Alaoui

Karen Mackenzie • Jun 2020

Make a Ceramic Tile Wall Art

Loved it. A brilliant way to spend a few hours on a Sunday. Highly recommend it.

Ying Lim • Jun 2020

Make a Ceramic Tile Wall Art

I purchased this lesson as a gift for my mum and she enjoyed the experience. There were no issues with the delivery of the materials before the class, and it was easy to set things up for the online lesson. The teacher was patient, approachable and experienced. She took the time to answer lots of questions and to demonstrate the steps clearly. It was a good introduction to ceramic tile art and my mum had fun - thanks Natalia!

Sharon Markut • May 2020

DIY Stained Glass Painting at Home

Excellent instruction, materials and designs. Very relaxing way to spend part of a day. Thank you Natalia your works are also inspiring thank you for your time and expertise.

Nicole McGowan • May 2020

Make a Ceramic Tile Wall Art

I bought this online class for my mother. She loved it. She said that Natalia was very friendly and supportive. Thanks!

Marina Buscaino • May 2020

Make a Ceramic Tile Wall Art

Such a great class with useful information. This is something I really enjoyed and I feel confident I will continue doing on my own. Natalia was patient and really clear with her instructions and my tiles, though not finished, are looking really good.

Pm Luong • May 2020

Make a Ceramic Tile Wall Art

Thank you Natalia for a really informative and enjoyable class. Natalia’s instructions were very helpful and clear.
She went beyond to share other ideas for me to explore.

Megan Dennison • Mar 2020

Fluid Art Workshop

Fantastic class with Natalia was so patient with us, fantastic ideas and great local venue highly recommended

Fluid Art workshop review by Megan Dennison Sydney

Tom Dixon • Feb 2020

DIY Stained Glass Painting at Home

Super easy to follow and a lovely class! All materials provided.

Class was 5 hours but we did not finish in time (we picked something complex), so teacher sent us a lot of info about how to complete at home.

Shizuko Saito • Dec 2019

Make a Ceramic Tile Wall Art

The class was fantastic. The teacher is very kind and patient, gave us time to complete all work even we took longer than the scheduled time. Class size was very small so I could get support whenever I needed. I definitely recommend to my friends.

Mi Wark • Dec 2019

Make a Ceramic Tile Wall Art

Absolutely a brilliant and fun class. The teacher, Natalia so welcoming and very professional in her art.
Would highly recommend!

Gautam Parulekar • Dec 2019

Make a Ceramic Tile Wall Art

Natalia was warm welcoming enjoyed my class. Very informative and easy to understand. Beautiful outcome will definitely recommend it.

Make a Ceramic Tile Wall Art review by Gautam Parulekar

Jane Li • Nov 2019

DIY Stained Glass Painting at Home

This was a very enjoyable evening. Natalia was so lovely, supportive and inspiring. She paid such attention to detail in teaching me. I highly recommend this!

Elizabeth Convery • Nov 2019

Fluid Art Workshop

A great, relaxing way to spend an afternoon. Natalia was both knowledgeable and kind, demonstrating a variety of painting techniques and explaining the different materials before letting me loose to create my own piece. Natalia did a great job balancing encouragement and suggestions with my own creative ideas. I absolutely love the piece I created and I'm excited to work more in this medium now that I've had a chance to try it out.

Kelly Bookmyer • Oct 2019

Make a Ceramic Tile Wall Art

Natalia was helpful, flexible and creative. We learned a lot, had a beautiful output and had fun! Thanks

Lily Yam • Sep 2019

DIY Stained Glass Painting at Home

Natalia was very patient, attentive and informative during our session. We stayed for longer than expected but it was not rushed and every detail was attended to. Lovely drinks and snacks. All the materials were provided and the studio was cosy.

Rose Blackburn • Aug 2019

Make a Ceramic Tile Wall Art

Lovely teacher and very knowledgeable
Great course & some beautiful ceramic tiles made. Would recommend to other people.
Class could be a bit shorter in time.

Make a Ceramic Tile Wall Art review by Rose Blackburn

Linda Dean • Aug 2019

Make a Ceramic Tile Wall Art

This workshop was really fantastic. I absolutely loved it. Natalia is professional, a truly talented artist and an excellent teacher. She is helpful, a great host and very generous with her time and expertise. Not only was it fun to do but I now have a finished piece of work that people are amazed that I produced. All in all a 5 star workshop. Thank you so much.

Loreen Lu • Aug 2019

Fluid Art Workshop

Enjoyable small workshop. Natalia was always closely watching and helping me create my small piece of art.

Fluid Art workshop review by Loreen Lu

Lindy Barry • May 2019

Fluid Art Workshop

I really enjoyed the Fluid Art Workshop on the weekend! Lots of fun and I get a beautiful handmade plate to take home!


Mavis Tian • May 2019

Make a Ceramic Tile Wall Art

Class was great! Best Mother’s Day Idea I’ve had yet! Very great fun for all the family and everything turned out fabulous! The teacher was very warm and even gave us cookies and tea❤️ 10/10 would recommend.

Painting workshop review by Mavis Tian

Jacqui Delahunt • May 2019

Make a Ceramic Tile Wall Art

Amazing class! Had a brilliant day being creative- so much fun! Natalia is the perfect teacher and host. Will definetly be back.

Painting workshop review by Jacqui Delahunt Sydney

Brianna Henderson • Apr 2019

Fluid Art Workshop

A lovely way to spend a Sunday. Natalia explained and demonstrated everything with easy and was more than helpful in guiding the art work. Will recommend to anyone and everyone!

Fluid Art Workshop review by Brianna Henderson

Nozomi Oshima • Mar 2019

Make a Ceramic Tile Wall Art

Natalia is a very welcoming and lovely teacher, she explained the detail provide great materials.
I chose glass art, which was beautiful ! You could see her artworks in the atelier, which you will fall in love.

I traveled from Northsydney by bus, the journey is fun and a short excursion for 90min with a great beach view.

Thank you Natalia :)

Make a Ceramic Tile Wall Art review by Nozomi Oshima

Punita Kamdar • Mar 2019

Fluid Art Workshop

She is really friendly person sharing tips Had fun afternoon ! Thank u for being an amazing host too.

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