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.
Goals for 2009 for the
HTA are similar to many years past:
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
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
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.
|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!
Lisa Alholm talking art with gallery owner Frank Stone
Steve Hemingway standing next to his award winning artClick 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
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 www.handmadetileassociation.org and you will help draw more people to your site as well as the organziations.
|SAMA Conference info
Arts International 2009
The Museum of Man, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA February 29-April 26, 2009
Mosaic Summit 2009
San Diego, CA March 25-28, 2009
REGISTRATION OPENS December 1, 2008
$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 -
Registration is now open.
Click here to register on
|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.
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|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
Northrup King Building
ASID, AIA, NKBA, NARI Chapters
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
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.
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
$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
|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.
|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
2009 SPECTRUM AWARDS NOW
JANUARY 30, 2009
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.
will each receive the following:
- Cash prize
- Exposure in numerous trade and consumer publications, both online and in
- Recognition from potential clients to grow your business and increase your
The Spectrum Awards celebrate creativity and achievement in the use of
ceramic tile in residential and commercial projects.
Click here for more details