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    A few weeks ago we had a styled shoot here at Lavender Marketplace & Workshops. This has to be one of my favorites! Everything about this was right up my ally! The couple was just adorable :) It was so fun to see our conservatory "all dressed up" with so many florals. The stair case was adorned...
    This is a photo of the latest kiln opening! Beautiful works of art created by one of our students! If you are interested with working with clay and love color and texture then this is the workshop for you! We have a large collection of lace, stamps, molds, rollers, cutters and more to choose from...
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  • Learn, Create, Enjoy & Experience

    Come and learn something new ... discover your individual creativity in a peaceful and beautiful setting! We offer full and half day workshops in our European Conservatory - with a break in between to experience a wonderful brunch. After brunch, have a stroll through our Potager Garden to see what is growing or relax for a bit in the garden.

    For wedding and event pricing, photos and terms please text:

     626-215-4256 or email brandstaterdesign@gmail.com

    Romantic Homes article on what we offer here at Lavender Marketplace as featured in their September 2017 issue!

    Potager Garden - we use as much from the garden as we can for the workshop lunches!
  • Semi Private Slab Ceramic Workshop

    2-4 student semi private workshop
    Two day ceramics workshop - Sat. Feb. 25th is day 1
    DAY ONE: 10am - 2:30pm with lunch - create your ceramics
    DAY TWO: 2-3 weeks later come back to glaze your designs from 10-noon
    COST: $250 per student

    Come learn how to make your own beautiful slab ceramics here at Lavender Marketplace. The first day you will make as many pieces as you would like using textured rollers and molds and cutters! Small jewelry pieces, plates, bowls and perhaps even small planter...? The they will need time to dry and be bisque fired. The second day (usually two to three weeks later) you will return for a few hours to glaze you items. I will then do a glaze firing for you. When they are done you would need to return and pick them up or we can arrange for them to be mailed to you.

  • "Pique Assiette"

    Broken China Stepping Stone Workshop

    New workshop date - Saturday March 18th

    Time: 10-2pm


    Lunch with Seasonal Fruits and Vegetables from our Potager Garden

    Instructor - Kim Brandstater



    Mosaic stepping stones

    Pique Assiette, also known as shard arts, is a very popular folk art style of mosaics. In French, 'Pique assiette' literally means stolen from plates. This kind of art incorporates recycled bits of broken china, porcelain, ceramic tile pottery, stoneware and found objects that are used to make one-of-a-kind and eye-catching art creations.


    Some people may assume that pique assiette is a very difficult and laborious work of art to learn. Yes, making pique assiette is an art, but don't let that stop you from creating a beautiful work of art! Even if you have never done any art projects before, you'll really enjoy this workshop because it is simple to learn and anybody can do it.

    It is a fabulous way to bring the artistic and creative side out of you. You can get totally lost in it as you learn how to apply the varying types of shards to your pieces, and time seems to just fly by!


    Making a mosaic stepping stone does not require you to be an established artist or have had any previous experience with mosaics. All you need to be successful is to gather the materials you need, have a colorful imagination, and let your hands do the magic for you!

    Supplies & Class Information

    • All supplies are provided •

    You will be making one 12 inch stepping stone to take home on the same day.


    Please wear clothing that is comfortable, and that can get dirty because you will be working with concrete!

  • Silk Scarf Marbling Workshop & Lunch

    New Date Sat. To Be Determined

    BRUNCH with Mimosa Bar INCLUDED $135

    Instructors - Justin and Kim Brandstater




    Utilizing modern, eco-friendly and upcycled materials, we bring the beautiful, ancient art of water marbling to the 21st century. Each student will be making their own one-of-a-kind handmade water-marbled silk scarf. (additional scarves are $39.00 each - if you want to make more than one) Each student applies acrylic paint to the special water bath, floating the colors in our custom-built water marbling trays, then uses marbling combs, rakes, or a stylus to create their own unique design. It is a true "WOW" moment when the finished scarf is held up for all to see! No experience necessary. This workshop is intended for all skill levels – from beginner to intermediate students.

    All materials and supplies provided for your inspirational time with us. Children welcome!


    Today, marbling is going strong with hundreds of master artists around the world who explore and revitalize the traditional methods, bringing new ideas to this wonderful form of expression. Marbled paper is still made today, and the method is now applied to fabric and three-dimensional surfaces, as well as paper. Aside from continued traditional applications, artists now explore using the method as a kind of painting technique, and as an element in collage. A more modern term for the art is "Hydro Dipping," and is often done by printing a design on a gel, laying the gel sheet on the surface of water, misting water over the gel to fully hydrate the inks, and then dipping the object into the now-liquid ink floating on the surface. In the last few decades, marbling has been the subject of international symposia and museum exhibitions. An active international group can be found on Yahoo! Groups, as well as the Society of Marbling, an organization of practicing marblers.



  • Two Day Mosaic Garden Project of your Choice!

    New Date Sat. March 25th 10-2pm and March 26th 10-noon
    Instructor: Kim Brandstater
    This will be a two day workshop. The first day will be March 25th and will include a light breakfast and lunch. The second day, Sunday you will return March 26th from 10:00am to noon to grout your work of garden art!
    If there is an issue returning on Sunday, I might be able to arrange another time for you. I will have some different cement animals for you to choose from and a few pots, but feel free to find your own animal or objects you would like to apply including broken china & stained glass tiles. Please let me know when you sign up what you plan to do.
    I will be providing all supplies and colored grout.

  • Two Day Mosaic Garden Shovel

    New Dates Sat March 25th 10-2pm and Sun. March 26th 10-noon
    Instructor: Kim Brandstater
    This will be a two day workshop. The first day will be Saturday, March 25th from 9-2pm where you will be designing a mosaic shovel with a cup that can be left open for succulents OR you can place some permanent porcelain flowers in your cup. This day will include a light breakfast, and a farm table lunch. The second day, Sunday, you will return March 26th from 10:00am to noon to grout your beautiful shovels!
    If there is an issue returning on Sunday, I might be able to arrange another time for you.
    I will be providing all shovels, cups, mosaic supplies, and colored grout.

  • Silk Art Private Parties

    Birthdays • Showers • Charitable Events • Club Events

    Here is what your guests will get to do at a

    Lavender Silk Art Private Party with Brunch!

    • Enjoy a brief intro to the ancient art of water marbling, as well as an entertaining demonstration
    • Choose your own colors from approximately 35 different hues (we recommend 2-8 colors)
    • Apply drops of paint to the surface of water in a six-foot long tray
    • If desired, swirl the paints using various rakes, combs, or a stylus to create bold or intricate designs
    • The finished design is transferred to a 100% silk scarf
    • Rinse the scarf in water to remove excess paint
    • Show off your finished design for all to see!
    • Take your scarf home to hang dry, and iron. After that, it is WASHABLE and will not fade in the sun!
    • Wear your art as a scarf, sash, or hat band or...
    • Use it as a table runner, window hanging, or wall art

    Make just one, or as many as you like. WARNING: this art is addictive!


    Pricing for our private parties starts at $175 per guest (minimum of 10 guests).

    * Price includes tax and all materials, equipment, and staffing needed for the water marbling activity.

    Once a date has been selected, we will email or mail an agreement to you. We want you to feel free to hand write any changes or additions you would like to make. We are very flexible, and would love to hear any ideas you may have for making your event even more special! Please email the signed form back to us if possible at: brandstaterdesign@gmail.com. If you can't email it, please mail it to the address below. Please know that we do ask for a deposit to hold the date. Payment may be made by Venmo, cash or check mailed to

    Kim Brandstater

    89 Olive Ave.

    Sierra Madre CA 91024

    Get in Touch with Kim to book a party!

    We do have a few options that can be added to help complete the experience.

    For instance:

    DIY Scarf Table, where your guests can test the colors on small trays, and create designs to transfer to small silk hankies. The cost for this table is $3 per person.


    If this is a birthday or other special occasion, the group can create a signature scarf for everyone to sign or add their own written embellishments. The signed scarf can then be water marbled, perhaps by several people (or everyone) working together on creating the design. The signature scarf can be included in your minimum count, with an extra charge of $5 to cover the cost of each fabric marker (one should be sufficient, but we'll have extras on hand just in case)


    We can also have parties where the guests marble items such at fans, bandanas or shoes!

  • Enroll in a Workshop!!

    Bring a friend!Sign up now before the classes fill up...Private workshops parties are also available

  • Registration & Cancellation Information

    Pricing for private parties and special events - contact us 

    Desserts served after the workshop lunch!



    All classes must be paid in full to be registered.

    • Early registration is recommended. 
    • Register online. 
    • Workshops are for students 13 years or older unless otherwise noted.



    • If you must cancel a class, kindly give written notice 10 days before class to receive full credit. 
    • Cancellations made 5 days in advance will result in half credit. 
    • Cancellations made within 72 hours of class will result in forfeiture of fees.
    • We will have a waiting list for classes that are filled up and if there are enough students more workshop dates will be added
    • Lavender Workshops has the right to cancel any workshop with three or less participants
  • Our Lavender Marketplace & Workshops are located in the beautiful foothill village of

    Sierra Madre, California

    at The Historical Fletcher House - 1890's victorian farmhouse

    89 Olive Avenue Sierra Madre, CA

    Visit us - by appointment only 626-215-4256

    Parking is on street - just walk up driveway and follow the signs to the back

    Workshops are held in the conservatory

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