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Handmade Tile Association Newsletter

April 2008


In the past couple of months I have had many conversations with member artists who have told me that they have positive responses from advertising in the directory.  Many artists have created relationships with new galleries, others with showrooms and some directly with the public.  This is very welcome news to hear that the directory is creating value for them. 
Every year the directory artists have been crafting their message about the type of artist they are as well as the audience they are trying to court.  This is an important development that each artist and advertiser continues to understand how people view their work through print advertising. Keep asking people how they found you and try to discover what it is that drew them to your work.
Some of the success is due to the HTA's expanding mailing list.  Since the beginning of the HTA we have been collecting addresses of galleries, showrooms, designers, and architects around the country to make sure they get the directory on an annual basis.  You can help this concept by collecting business cards of these types of businesses and submit them to the HTA.  This ensures they see your ad in the directory every year as well as invitations to the MN Tile Festival. 
Our success as an organization is based on the simple concept that  we are all in this together and the more we understand that helping someone else succeed is helping ourselves succeed. If you have a story of  connecting with a client please send it to the HTA.  Thanks and keep up the good work.
In This Issue
HTA & Minneapolis St. Paul Home Tour
Applying for a group show
Registration open for MN Tile Festival
Next HTA meeting
Events where HTA members...
We need your opinion
U of M Medical School
HTA & Minneapolis St. Paul Home Tour
April 26 & 27, 2008

What and Where: See your choice of 50 homes.  There are 35 in Minneapolis and 15 in St. Paul on the Minneapolis & Saint Paul Home Tour. It's a celebration of city living!

When: Homes on the free, self-guided tour will be open Saturday, April 26, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, April 27, 1-5 p.m. It will be held April 26 & 27, 2008 regardless of weather conditions.

The tour is FREE
HTA Members work showcased
This year FK Art Glass studio and house will be on the tour.  The HTA will be having a sneak peak at our meeting on the 15th.  Their house is listed as # 8 2210 Bryant Ave N. Minneapolis
Laura McCaul work will be featured at # 24 on the tour 3523 Garfield Ave. Minneapolis   
Both locations will be handing out the HTA directories. 
If you know your tile project is at one of the sites please tell the HTA and we will put your site on the events page.  We can also stock the space with HTA directories. 
Applying for a group show
Leann Johson of Lea-Way Designs sent out a call for artist members to submit images for a proposal to the Bloomington Art Center gallery show in 2010.  Leann got 14 people to submit images.  Leann drafted the proposal to have a group HTA show to showcase the HTA artists diverse styles and promote the use of tile and mosaic through out the region. 
Leann had to put this all together in a little over a week to make the deadline.  We will hear back in the next couple of months if we will be invited to have this show.  If we get a show all HTA artist members will be able to submit work to the show.  Thanks to Leann for putting this together on behalf of the HTA membership.
Spots filling up for 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 nine outdoor spaces leftso 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 6 pm 
FK Art Glass
Chris and Stacey Kelly
Slump Sink Demo!

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 slump sink 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.  If you would like to host a meeting please contact the HTA to set one up.

Josh Blanc
Handmade Tile Association.LLC
Quick Links
Events where HTA members are showing
SAMA Conference
April 2nd - 5th
Miami Florida
April 18 - 20:  American Craft Council show, River Center - St. Paul, Minnesota  See SoMi Tileworks at Booth #109

Gallery 360 Featuring
Norma Hanlon and Kirsten Walsted of SoMi Tileworks.
In full Bloom...A Garden Captured in clay.  
April 26: Opening reception show runs through June 1st
April 29th - May 2nd
Orlando, Florida
May 3rd & 4th    2008 
Earth Arts Annual Studio Tour- Polk County, Wi.


We need your opinion
We are planning the 10th anniversary party for the directory.  This is a major milestone for any orgnaization but we need input from our membership.  This is our community and if we do not talk about our accomplishments and our milestones then we can't  expect others to. Please think about and consider how we can can celebrate this milestone and what we should and can do to promote it.  If you can not make one of our meetings please e-mail any board member to give your input and if you can help.  Show your HTA pride!
U of M Medical School - Duluth Campus Seeks Artists

The University of Minnesota Medical School-Duluth Campus is seeking artists interested in creating a Wall of Honor in its building's atrium at the University of Minnesota-Duluth.  This campus of the medical school plans to honor organizations and people who have made significant contributions to our school in the form of gifts that support programs, endowed chairs and professorships, scholarships and research.  The final list of honorees will include founders, other individuals, corporations and foundations. Many colleges and universities have Walls of Honor that simply list of names and categories on plaques. We believe that our donors and the community of Duluth deserve recognition that extends beyond a plaque. We would like to commission and erect a work of art that will be mounted on a wall within our medical school atrium where it will be visible and where we often host medical school events.  We want it to inspire our students and the public as well as thank our generous donors.

View this information and the PDF of the RFQ on this web page  For more information about this campus of the University of Minnesota Medical school go to

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