How it all started
Hi, I'm Diane the owner and creative behind China Petals. I've been making mosaic for a number of years and love the idea of turning something old and unwanted into something beautiful and treasured again.
It all started one Christmas when my husband went into the attic to bring down the decorations. While he was up there he found a box of broken, chipped and unwanted bits of china, mainly Royal Albert. 'Do something with it or throw it away' he said. It was no good to use but I couldn't bear to throw it away because it was so pretty. I racked my brains, Googled the internet and mosaic was my answer.
I now work from a studio at Derby University's Banks Mill and have taught many people how to make mosaic through my workshops, kits and demonstrations.
As a mosaic artist I love to share my passion with others. When the pandemic hit, I started creating beginner mosaic kits so people could try mosaic at home. The kits have since grown and developed, and are now the sole focus of the business, China Petals.
I love the idea of helping people discover the joy of mosaic and believe that everyone has the potential to be an artist, and that mosaic is a great way to express creativity.
The mosaic kits are designed to be easy to follow and provide everything the user needs to create a beautiful mosaic with no specialist tools or previous experience needed.
I am also passionate about sustainability and use recycled materials in some China Petals kits, and encourages others to do the same. Mosaic is a great way to upcycle old materials and give them new life.
Kits are a great way to learn about mosaic and have fun at the same time. They are perfect for beginners of all ages, and make a great gift for anyone who loves to craft.
In 2021, China Petals was named one of Theo Paphitis's #SmallBusinessSunday winners. This led to the wonderful opportunity of having a sponsored trade stand at the NEC 2023 Spring Trade Fair. The Fair was a great introduction to wholesaling and meeting other brilliant like-minded businesses.
As the founder of China Petals, I was thrilled to be selected as a #SmallBusinessSunday winner. It's such an honour to be recognised by Theo and his team. This award was a huge boost for my business.