Important dates and Deadlines
Opportunities, Awards, Information, and Press of our members
This year, HTA and the Tour are partnering to encourage more tile professionals and homeowners with tile to consider offering homes for the tour. HTA homes will be specially identified in the printed Guide, and there will be an ad in the Guide highlighting HTA homes. Tour coordinator Margo Ashmore has identified a couple already, but more nominations are needed, especially in Saint Paul.
For more information, see the ad in the tile directory and contact Margo Ashmore at 612-867-4874 or visit the website at www.MSPHomeTour.com and use the “submit a home” button.
Fire Destroys Handmade Tile Association Members Studio
Our dear friend, colleague and long time Handmade Tile Association member Steve Moon suffered devastating studio fire 9/9/12 (http://www.kgw.com/news/local/Auto-shop-on-fire-in-N-Portland-168951026.html). He just finished relocating his tile studio from Seattle to Portland. We are rallying the troops to assist Steve in whatever it takes him and wife Tina to get back on their feet. Steve is also a founding member of the Artisan Tile Northwest and a past president and current treasurer. He tirelessly works for both organizations and is always generous and of kind spirit. We are working on making his ceramics business whole again and help a fellow tiler in need.
Please send him a check if you feel you can help.
Here Steve’s home addresses:
Thank you all kindly!
Tile Restoration Center is a small tile company Just Recently Relocated in Portland Oregon, dedicated to producing historically accurate reproductions of American Arts & Crafts tile makers such as Ernest Batchelder and Claycraft.
New American Swedish Institute features handmade tile installation
The American Swedish Institute commissioned North Prairie Tileworks to create the tiles using their famed Turnblad mansion Swedish wood stoves as inspiration. “There is a wealth of classic design features displayed on the Swedish stoves,” according to Roger Mayland of North Prairie, “but the challenge for Charlie Henriksen, as the primary designer on this project, was to bring out the few key elements that unite the past with the new tiles.” Henriksen hand sculpted each of the designs in clay, created the molds and oversaw the precise and potentially temperamental firing and glazing processes. The tile installation is an ideal representation of the unique artistry and creativity present throughout the HTA’s membership.
How to make a press release
Trebuchet Marketing has made a press release template for members to utilize to create better more effective press releases. Click here to see a full size to print out.
Handmade tile does not cost as much as you think
Q. Hello! We received our copy of the 2012 Directory. On page 8, there is a GREAT layout that talks about handmade tile and that it "does not cost as much as you might think." And there are budget comparisons, etc. I thought this was a great tool that I could post on my website
A. Yes please use post these budget comparisons on your website and social media.
Arts & Crafts Conference
John Beasley of Medicine Bluff Studios reporting on the Arts & Crafts Conference at Grove Park in Asheville NC.
Attendance and sales at the 25th National Arts & Crafts Conference at the Grove Park Inn overlooking Asheville, NC far exceeded our expectations. Estimate there were approximately 3,000 people who attended the 3 day Conference and Shows, featuring 125 exhibitors of both vintage and contemporary Arts & Crafts furniture, pottery, tiles, metalware and artwork. The roll of tiles at the Arts & Crafts Conference has seen a minor explosion in both production and interest in recent years as collectors have sought out Arts & Crafts tiles as yet another means of decorating their homes. Some of the tile makers who reported having excellent sales at this year's Arts & Crafts Conference include Penni Lowery, John Beasley & Debbie Hill of Medicine Bluff Studio, Mission Guild Studio, Motawi Tileworks, Linda Witkowski and others. Plans are already underway for the February 22nd-24th 2013 Arts & Crafts Conference at the Grove Park Inn. Information is available at www.Arts-CraftsConference.com or by calling (828) 628-1915"
Minnesota Tile Festival Award Winners
Stone Hollow Tile- Blaine MN
Minnesota tile artist takes the title of DIY Dominator
(Minneapolis, MN) – Handmade Tile Association member Mercedes Austin of Mercury Mosaics won $10,000 and the prestige of being Tile Dominator on the show DIY Dominator on the DIY Network.
April Artist of the Month
Deb LeAir’s Handcrafted Earthenware Clay Pieces Receive National Attention
(Minneapolis, MN) – St. Paul artist Deb LeAir has been named the Handmade Tile Association’s Artist of the Month for her work with handcrafted clay tiles. Her artwork has been published and viewed across the United States.
LeAir’s works includes vessels, tiles, boxes and decorative installations for rooms. The tile installations can be custom designed to meet the needs of any décor.
Mosaic Tile Today
Many local mosaic companies and artisans continue to create beautiful mosaic tile installations for homes, companies and public spaces.They’re also teaching amateur and enthusiastic hobbyists to create their own works of mosaic art.
February Artist of the Month
Criteria is based on tile that captures the imagination of the jury. Based on subject matter, design, patterning, installation and artwork.
|Laura McCaul for Most Unique Designs|
Criteria is based on how a tile is made that advances the concept of tile for any of the following: Designed for better installation, hanging device(s), composition of product, pattern(s), how it is made or designed.
|Marty Pearson for Most Innovative|
Criteria is based on creative ways the tiles were made, hung, designed, framed, installed and subject matter. Can be based on genre (ie Arts and Crafts, Mid Century, contemporary, Victorian, conceptual, etc).
|Sheryl Tuorila for Most Creative|
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