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Handmade Tile Association Newsletter

March 2008


The February meeting had some excellent speakers and overviews of the Bloomington Art Center program.  Kathleen H. Corley told us the story of the BAC-- that the  7.4 million expansion of the building was built 5 years ago and houses 8 art groups, 2 galleries and is a membership organization.  Their current show is the Art of the Home.  Rachel Flentje - Exhibition Director of the BAC utilized the HTA directory and selected 4 of the HTA artists and features Sheryl Tuorila, Mercury Mosaics, FK Art Glass, and Clay Squared.  Beautifully curated it is a must-see show that pairs fine crafted artisan work of woodworking, furniture making, rugs, metal, glass and ceramics in a comprehensive environment that allows viewers to see the work not as just art on the wall. 
Kathleen encouraged our group to consider applying for a group show or individual shows.  They are booked out to 2010.  Like most art centers they are booked out a year or two. All the members present at the meeting were interested in creating a group show at any one of the art centers around the region.  The HTA will be looking for an individual that would like to be the coordinator of that type of project.  If you have the time and interest please contact the HTA and we will get you set up.  612-781-6409
To view the Bloomington Art Center's program please go to their website.
In This Issue
Bookkeepers vs. Tax Preparer
The Mark of a Tile Artists
Registration open for MN Tile Festival
Next HTA meeting
Correction on 500 Tiles Book
Meeting Attendance
2009 Commemorative Tile Artist Needed
Tag Line Ideas
Toll Road Tip
Bookkeepers vs. Tax Preparer
Lori Howell, the HTA book keeper, gave us another wonderful presentation on understanding our bookkeeping and tax issues.  Her topic this year was defining the difference between a bookkeeper and a Tax Preparer.  Lori said most people don't know there really is a difference but she helped us understand that tax preparers are big picture people and don't worry about the details.  Bookkeepers do your daily, weekly, monthly, and quarterly tax work.  Both are very necessary whether you do it yourself or hire people to do it for you.  Many people, Lori said, expect if they have a tax preparer that is all they need but if you do not file your employment statements and quarterly taxes you could be paying your tax preparer a lot of extra fees and late fines to help you sort out the issues if you are not a diligent bookkeeper.  She recommended if you are starting to grow a bookkeeper can save you lots of time and allow you to focus on making your work instead of the paperwork.  She gave us a few examples of fines that can be incurred if businesses are not transparent and organized.  One way to help you get or keep organized if you don't feel you can pay for a bookkeeper currently is to get an accounting program like Quick Books, Peachtree programs. 
Lori encouraged people to shop around and interview for your tax and bookkeeper needs and make sure you can understand them.  If you are planning on growing this is a necessary step and trying to hide from it because you do not understand or don't want to think about it will not be in your best interest.  Contact Lori at ABC Accounting and see if she can be of assistance to you.  763-227-4341
The Mark of a Tile Artists
Roger Mayland of North Prairie Tile and board member of the HTA gave a presentation about the HTA to the MN Art Pottery Association.  Roger said there were about 40 people in attendance and some of the people knew of the HTA and some did not.  Many brought examples of historical tiles and some contemporary tiles for show and tell and trading. 
Roger said he went through each artist in the directory to highlight the individualism of each artist.  He said the group was very interested in the artist mark on the tiles and were wondering why some did not have them and other did.  As collectors they value pottery and tile based on the makers mark, year it was made, rarity, and the condition it is in.  The collectors tended to like marks on the front of tiles so they could identify a tile in an installation without having to take it out of the installation.
Roger seemed to gather from the collectors that just signing the piece was not enough to add real value to a work since it could be plagiarized and it was an after effect not a purposeful design element.  It is still important to do so if you have no other way to identify the work but it was the least liked option.  american art tile book
The effect of Rogers presentation had an immediate effect for Nancy Froseth the artist making the 2008 Commemorative tile.  Nancy said she will make her mark on the tile.  This topic was very interesting to the group and was a way to understand collectors and their priorities.
As a fun project please bring a tile with your mark to the next meeting and discuss your design and rational for making your mark.

Other info that might be useful: check out American Art Tile by Norman Karlson Click the book to get more details on how to purchase and check out this link to Michael Padwee research with marks
Registration Open for the MN Tile Festival
The 2008 MN Tile Festival registration forms are now available both on line and by visiting Clay Squared to Infinity.  All artist members and those who did the show last year will receive a registration form in the mail. 
The outside booths always go first  and we only have 14 outdoor spaces so if it is important to you to have an outdoor space do not procrastinate.  Click here to download a registration form.

New this year: we will put your company or artist name and a free link to your website on the MN Tile Festival page after you register.  The HTA gets a lot of people scoping out the tile festival all year so get some free advertising by registering early. 
Next HTA Meeting Tuesday April 15th

The Next HTA meeting will be Tuesday April 15th at FK Art Glass.   
FK Art Glass
Chris and Stacey Kelly

FK Art Glass was selected to be on this year's home tour and will be showing off their finished glass studio to the HTA.  They will do a demo from 6 to 6:45 with the meeting to follow the demo

Show us your mark.  Bring in a sample tile that has a mark on it to see what we each do.  Discuss how to better serve collectors and bring that crowd to the tile festival.
As a fun project please bring a tile with your mark to the next meeting and discuss your design and rational for making your mark.
Register for the Tile Festival
Review tag line entries
10th year planning talk
We are looking for venues to have meetings for 2008 l If you would like to host a meeting please contact the HTA to set one up.

Josh Blanc
Handmade Tile Association.LLC
Quick Links
Correction on 500 Tiles Book
500 tiles
In last month's newsletter I accidently missed some HTA Artist members that were apart of the 500 tiles book.  Kirsten Hanlon Walsted, and Scott Weaver.  Many other HTA members were also in the book that do not advertise in the directory that should be mentioned   Christine Emmick, Lai Gong, Nawal and Karim Motawi.  Sorry about the mistake.

 I hope everyone is purchasing the book to support the concept of more tile books.  Plus the book has lots of great images of tiles from the wide range of tile artists around the world.  We are working on getting five signed copies to be auctioned off at the MN Tile Festival.

Meeting Attendance
Meeting attendance - 12
Host Northern Clay Center
Kathleen H Curley
Speaker Lori Howell

Nancy Froseth
Christopher Kelly
Tina Schowalter
Leann E Johnson
Stephanie Kaczrowski
Marcia Glancy
Roger Mayland
Josh Blanc
Felice Amato

2009 Commemorative Tile Artist Needed
Over the past 4 years of HTA commissioning artists to make the commemorative tile.  We have made the decision that lining up artist a year in advance and having a design completed ready to be printed in the following year's directory is the best way to presell the tile and get publicity for the artist.  This year we are offering artists and patrons to reserve the tiles so we make sure they are all sold.  So far it is working.  We have 4 people already reserving the tiles. 
commemorative tile 08We are looking for the 2009 artist and beyond to design and create the commem- orative tile so if you are interested please contact the HTA and get the scoop on what it pays and the perks you get from it.
To reserve your 2008 commemorative tile click the tile above and it will take you to reservations.
Tile Festival Press Release
Sabra Waldfogel our Tile Festival PR coordinator has been busy putting together a killer press release for the tile festival event.  Click here to read it.
Sabra is also refining and updating  our media list she is looking for artists to tell her about your local newspapers so she can make sure they receive info on the tile festival.  Her goal is to get stories about the artists and the HTA in general.  Please send the HTA images or new projects, awards, inventions and other news that could be helpful in our quest to tile and mosaics publicity.

Toll Road Tip
Many of our members drive to arts festival or trade show drive through Illinois to get to shows or just to go to Chicago you are familiar with paying for tolls.  The newish EZ Pay orI Pass system is a concept you should consider even if you only go once a year. 
You can get a little box a Transponder and put $50 start up in the kitty and you resupply it through their website.  Getting the box mounted on your windshield under your main mirror allows you to drive straight through with out having to have stop and have change to pay the tolls at the booth which are double the price to boot.
You can pick up the transponder at the grocery stores Jewel-Osco
The EZ pass or I Pass works in 11 states Illinois, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine tolls are automatically deducted; customers can keep track of transactions on-line, as well as get information on toll costs in other states.

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