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Handmade Tile Association Newsletter



10th Year


      Welcome to the 10th year of the Handmade Tile Association!  The 10th year directory edition is out and all members and 3000 of our fans will be receiving copies in the next couple of weeks.  If you wish to hand out directories at your studio and/or arts festivals, drop them off at coffee shops, trade shows, galleries, art centers, doctors offices, airports or any other place you know people should be reading a copy of the directory please stop in the HTA office and pick up a box.  For our members and supporters outside the MN region we will send you a flat rate box of 50 directories free of charge just e mail the HTA office and we will ship it out.  Don't be shy we have to distribute 7000 of them by the end of the year and the earlier they get out the more people can use them.

Goal Setting
Goals for 2009 for the HTA are similar to many years past:
1. Educating people that fabulous tiles and mosaics are available to be used not only as installations but as art.
2. Get our members to know each other and collaborate and become better artists and business professionals.
3.  To communicate with our membership opportunities and educate the membership to develop their skills and ideas.
To accomplish our goals the HTA will be co sponsoring a national tile conference with the Potters Council  in September in conjunction with the MN Tile Festival. There will be many workshops, gallery shows, and tile tours for our members to help accomplish the goals and get exposure at the same time. 
The HTA will be encouraging members to make more presentations to professional trade groups like the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA), American Institute of Architects (AIA), and American Society of Interior Designers (ASID).  To accomplish this we will need members to help facilitate the presentations by contacting the representatives in your immediate area. 
The HTA can help by providing you with a power point presentation on a CD to work with and images and content to create your own presentation as well as directories and even cover costs of providing lunch for the participants up to $40 per presentation.
As part of the process we will continue to develop gallery shows across the country for tile and mosaics to be shown as art.  The HTA has two shows slated for 2010 and many galleries are two years out in their scheduling process.  What we need are members to find galleries and art centers criteria and write the proposals to have a show at each perspective gallery.  The HTA can facilitate calls to members and provide graphics, content, and images upon request.  All the tools are in place if you are ready to build upon the success of the past 10 years the HTA is ready to help you get more exposure and opportunities to build your business.
In This Issue
HTA 10 Party Pictures
HTA website linking
SAMA Conference info
Coverings in Chicago April 21- 24th
Get your 5 hours of volunteering done
Help Distribute HTA directories
Thank you to our volunteers for December
Tile Class
Tile Showroom Garage Sale
Mosaic and tile making classes
Tile Installation competition.
HTA 10 Party Pictures

The party to celebrate the Handmade Tile Association turning 10 was incredible!  The artwork was stunning, the crowd was overflowing and all had a great time celebrating handmade tile and mosaics achievements.  Clay Squared to Infinity has created a page on its site to see the art and see pictures of the night. Click here to see!    

Josh Blanc unveiling 2009 directory

Awards for the night went to the following artists
Handmade Tile Association Dedication Award - Marty Pearson
Chow Girls Best Food Category - Sandra Griffin
Clay Squared to Infinity Contemporary Tile Award - Steve Hemingway
Midwest Home Award - Sheryl Tuorila
Tile Heritage Foundation Prize - Wendy Penta Nelson

image of 2009 directory

Lisa Alholm selling her art

Lisa Alholm talking art with gallery owner Frank Stone

Steve Hemingway in front of his art work

Steve Hemingway standing next to his award winning art

Click here to see all the art in the show
HTA website linking

The Handmade Tile Association website has been completely updated with all the new artists, advertisers, and event calendar.  Please take a moment to check your link to make sure it is going to the right place and is in the right region.  Also review the website for all the opportunities available to you this year. 
The website is also our second most important tool as an organization next to the directory.  It works best when people submit events like classes, workshops, gallery shows, new products, and tile tours.  The HTA will be working on making the site more interactive this year by utilizing Linked In, facebook and other social networks to get more exposure to people who don't know about tile and mosaics and get them hooked on what we all do. 
Make sure if you haven't already to link your website to and you will help draw more people to your site as well as the organziations. 

SAMA Conference info
Mosaic Arts International 2009
The Museum of Man, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA  February 29-April 26, 2009
American Mosaic Summit 2009
San Diego, CA  March 25-28, 2009
Conference Fees:
$185 Early Registration - Dec. 1, 2008 - Dec. 31, 2008
$250 Late Registration - Jan. 1, 2009 - March 6, 2009
$375 Walk-in registration (if available)
Workshop fees are additional.

2009 Conference Brochure - Click Here
Registration is now open. Click here to register on line
Coverings in Chicago April 21- 24th

Coverings 2009 l April 21-24, 2009 l McCormick PlacelChicago, IL
Coverings,  On April 21, 2009 thousands of distributors, contractors, retailers, fabricators and architects + designers will be showing their work. 
There still is space left if you are looking to show your work to tile showroom, architects, and designers.  For artists there are two main choices.  The Art Tile Village and the Avenue of the Artisian.  If you are just starting out check out the Avenue of the Artisan and get a price break and have the Tile Council of America help you build your showroom presence.  Click here for more details
If you are a tile enthusiast then this is the event for you to attend.  It showcases tile and mosaics from around the world and will have your mind and inspiration spinning with ideas.  Get a hotel early to save money and be close to the action. 
Get your 5 hours of volunteering done
The HTA has a few volunteer jobs we are looking to finish up for the end of the year.

In January and February the HTA needs a volunteer or two to help make packets up for directory requests and to help mail out the boxes of 50 directories to members not in driving range.  It is also tax season and a person with good filing capabilities would be welcomed.

After 10 years the HTA has collected a lot of important papers and historical documents.  We are looking for a person that could compile all the articles on our members, postcards, posters from our events, and other important facts that tell the story of the HTA in a simple book for posterity.  If this of interest you contact the HTA.  612-781-6409

Not in the local area and you want to volunteer?  Consider making a proposal to a gallery to have a show of the Handmade Tile Association members.  Contact the HTA to find out how you can get images and develop an effective plan to get the HTA out to more people.
Remember if you can put in 5 hours of volunteer time you will get a free year link on the HTA website.  A $180 value. 

Josh Blanc
We are looking for venues to have meetings for
2009.  If you would like to host a meeting please contact the HTA to set one up.

Josh Blanc
Handmade Tile Association.LLC

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Quick Links
Help Distribute HTA directories
Here is a beginning list of places we need members to drop directories off at the following places
Northern Clay Center
Edina Art Center
Gallery 360
Northrup King Building
Convention Centers
Bloomington Art Center
Minnetonka Art Center
Phipps Center for the Arts
Hopkins Center for the Arts
Lakeville Center for the Arts
Owatonna Center for the Arts
Lillstreet Art Center
Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts
Pewabic Pottery
Riverrun Arts
American Museum of Ceramic Arts AMOCA
Moravian Pottery and Tileworks
California Heritage Museum

Thank you to our volunteers for December
 Deb LeAir and Lisa Alholm came to the HTA office and entered in over 150 people to the mailing list from people who had requested the directory over the course of the year. 
Lisa was also able to start searching and adding media names as well to the list from around the country. 

Tile Class
Decorative Tile for all Skill Levels at the Edina Art Center
Instructor Bradley Benn
Session Number: 3084 
Fridays, 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM, 6 Weeks - starts January 30

$135 non-members /$122 members + $12.00 studio fee

Learn the basics of working with clay to make tile. Demonstrations include; relief, resists and plaster molds. Plan a project and make border or accent tiles to personalize and combine with commercial tiles. Materials for prototypes included

HTA Aritsts quoted in magazine
I was going through the National Tile Contractor September "Tile Letter" and I noticed Artist member David Aichinger's image from the Watershed Project was highlighted as part of the 2008 Tile Letter Awards Competition.  David was quoted about how to set glass tile effectively.
Congratulations David keep up the good work.

David Aichinger Heron image

Mosaic and tile making classes

Mosaics with Sheryl Tuorila 2009 Schedule
Intro to Mosaic Making $135
Class meets for two sessions
Mondays, January 12th/19th  6-9:00pm
Saturdays, January 24th/31st  noon-3pm
Let's Make Tile - Intro to Tilemaking  $185
Class meets for three sessions
February 10th/12th/17th  6-9:00pm
February 24th/26th/March 3rd   6-9:00pm
Let's Make More Tile - advanced open studio  $185
February 24th/26th/March 3rd   6-9:00pm
For more information:
Tile Installation competition

Open to TCNA Members
Have you participated in a ceramic tile project of which you are especially proud? You could win up to $2,000 and invaluable bragging rights by submitting it to the 2009 Spectrum (Ceramic Tile) Awards Competition.  Awards will be presented in several categories.
Winners will each receive the following:
- Cash prize
- Exposure in numerous trade and consumer publications, both online and in print
- Recognition from potential clients to grow your business and increase your bottom line 
The Spectrum Awards celebrate creativity and achievement in the use of ceramic tile in residential and commercial projects.
Click here for more details