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Handmade Tile Association Newsletter

June

2009

10th Year

Greetings!

    
The Handmade Tile Association is in a period of transformation.  Over the past 10 years we have grown from 12 members to over 130.  In the next 2 or 4 years we expect to have over 200 members.  We have gone from a three state regional group to members from all over the United States. We are about to host our 3rd national tile conference where thousands of people will be introduced to the HTA and its mission. 
This growth and attention has been a great exposure for our artists and advertising members but with growth comes challenges.  The HTA was built on the concept volunteers not money and we would like to continue that.  To give you a perspective our annual budget is around $20,000 a year.  In organizational worlds most would consider this a stunningly small budget and amazing what we accomplish based on artists and members stepping up and building the organization with knowledge, sweat equity and creativity. 
The HTA has made a platform for tile and mosaic artists to communicate we hope you take advantage of it by expanding the HTA presence with your contributions. Many of the members have been participating in our new trade program but we need more help.
As we get closer to the national tile conference please continue to find ways to contribute to the conference and or organization.  In most we cases we believe you will get a lot more out of volunteering than you put in by meeting other members and learning about PR.  We need lots of logistics, people power and donations of material for the conference.  We also need long term volunteers to help us with future programing.  All of your help will intern showcase our greatest strengths of tile community building.

Things that HTA needs
Three tents for the tile festival - If you have an extra tent to donate for the MN tile festival please contact the HTA
Eight volunteers for the day of the tile festival
Two volunteers for the night before the tile festival
Tiles donated for tile conference workshops - acknowledgement during the tile conference will be given for your donations
Data entry of new address - we have over 100 requests for directories we need to get entered in to make sure these interested parties get a MN Tile Festival postcard
Mailing help in the office - send out postcards to artist and get HTA directories ready to send.
Add to the Facebook and Link in pages with pictures and
comments.  The more we all interact with the broader audience the more we all inspire others to follow our achievements
Pick up tile festival postcards and directories and hand them out all summer long
Start thinking about how you can add content to the 2010 directory with articles and u tube videos
Help with PR for 2010 and 2011
Join or start a committee to improve on projects you feel need to be accomplished.
Consider joining the HTA board

Thanks for all your help in the past and your future considerations to make the HTA a success for the future.  Please contact the office 612-781-6409 or e-mail the HTA
In This Issue
Save $75 if you register by June 26th
Minnesota Public Radio has agreed to become a sponsor of the MN Tile Festival!
A reminder for the Bloomington Art Center Show Info
Northern Clay Center Sales Gallery Opportunity
Next Meeting
Welcome New Members
No Clay Feet* Here.
National Juried Tile Show
California Heritage Museum Tile Sale
Two Perspectives...Intertwined
Robin Brett Mosaic Scholarship
Save $75 if you register by June 26th
for tile conference
The national tile conference is now open for registration
HANDMADE TILE & MOSAICS
Conquering the Challenges
September 18-20, 2009 | Minneapolis, Minnesota
Hosted by Handmade Tile Association and Potters Council
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SPACE IS LIMITED

Featured Ceramic Artists
Learn From the Experts
This conference will bring together a diverse group of presenters and artists to discuss and work on issues surrounding handmade tiles and mosaics for the 21st century. As the tile community becomes more of a national community, we have a need to continue to engage each other and help develop new talented artists to the field. The tile conference will focus on the main challenges many tile artists face in developing their tile art, as well as developing new skills. Read More click here.

The past two conferences have been sold out.
Register early and Save $75 ends June 26, 2009
Don't delay Register Today!
Minnesota Public Radio has agreed to become a sponsor of the MN Tile Festival!

 Yes you read it correctly Minnesota Public Radio has agreed to become a sponsor of the MN Tile Festival!  The HTA will be offering a $2 discount to all MPR members the day of the MN Tile Festival.  This is our crowd and we are looking forward to the trade sponsorship.  On top of the sponsorship the HTA will do streaming on MPR reaching 35,000 people and we intend to do radio ads again. 

There are only 18 inside table spaces left and most artist take two tables so that could mean only 9 spots.  Don't procrastinate if this is a show you want to do.  Click here to download an application

The show is a first come first serve basis. The Minnesota Tile Festival will be held Saturday, September 19th, 2009, from 10 - 5 at the American Swedish Institute.  Deadline for applications is August 20th.
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The 8th annual Minnesota Tile Festival is a one-day event for those who love tiles, make tiles and collect tiles. in the building and on the grounds of the American Swedish Institute.  The ASI is centrally located in Minneapolis.  The MN Tile Festival attracts 1000 tile and mosaic patrons annually.

The 2009 MN Tile Festival will be held in conjunction with the National Tile Conference "Tile and Mosaics, Past, Present, Future" presented by the Potters Council and the Handmade Tile Association.

List of partnering groups
Potters Council - Tile Heritage Foundation - Edina Art Center
Mosaic on a Stick - American Swedish Institute
Handmade Tile Association - Christien Nelson Design

Next month we will detail the marketing plan and how you can be a
part of it.  Early details will be on the MN Tile Festival facebook page.
A reminder for the Bloomington Art Center Show Info
Submited by Leann Johnson To all Handmade Tile Association members:

The Bloomington Art Center (BAC) has confirmed that HTA is part of the "Art in the Home" show in their Inez Greenberg Gallery. A big thanks to the members who submitted photos and information that went into the exhibition proposal!

Please send the following
no later than 5 p.m.
on Monday, August, 17 2009:

Click here for more detailed information

If you're interested in participating you must commit to be an artist advertiser of the 2010 directory.  The 2010 directory will be the utilized as the exhibition catalog  (If you're not listed currently, please contact Josh at josh@handmadetileassociation.org or 612-781-6409 to be included in the 2010 directory.)
Northern Clay Center Sales Gallery Opportunity

Sales Gallery Jury in June Northern Clay Center will conduct its biennial review of the artists in the Sales Gallery this June 2009.  The review allows for both a consideration of work by new artists, and a reevaluation of work presently in the Sales Gallery.  Three to six clay artists may be added to the roster of artists represented by the NCC Sales Gallery during the year and/or for the Holiday Exhibition.  A panel of NCC staff and one or two non-staff individuals who are knowledgeable about ceramics, art, design, and retail will jury the work.  Interested artists should visit the NCC Web site for detailed application requirements, deadlines, and the Sales Gallery Application Form.

Applicants must submit the following materials to the Clay Center by 5 pm on Wednesday, June 24, 2009:
    A completed Sales Gallery Application Form
    A current resume or vita (no more than two pages)
    An artist statement (no more than one page)
    Information about other sales representation
    Up to but no more than ten digital images of current work, with detailed information about the work including dimensions, materials, firing method or finish, and price
The application materials listed above may be submitted electronically, to salesgalleryapplications@northernclaycenter.org.

Click here for the entire prospectus and application
Next Meeting

Our next meeting will be at Minnesota Clay on
Tuesday June 23rd


7429 Washington Ave S Edina, MN 55439
http://www.minnesotaclayusa.com/location.html
952-884-9101 x104

Agenda
A tour of the facilities
Show and tell - Bring a new tile work to show us what you have been up to.
Updates on Bloomington Art Show
Updates on the National Tile Conference
Registration of the MN Tile Festival

Pot Luck

Directions
Coming from the East & 35W: Take 494 W to 169 N. Follow 169N to Valley View Road (Valley View is the first exit traveling North on 169). At the stop light take a left on to Valley View Rd. At the second set of stop lights turn left on to Washington Ave. We are located on the left hand side of the street, look for the white brick building between the buildings that have the red roof covering their docks.

Coming from the West: Take 494 S/E to 169 N. Follow 169N to Valley View Road (Valley View is the first exit traveling North on 169). At the stop light take a left on to Valley View Rd. At the second set of stop lights turn left on to Washington Ave. We are located on the left hand side of the street, look for the white brick building between the buildings that have the red roof covering their docks.

Coming from the South on 169:Take 169 N to Valley View Rd. (Valley View is the first exit after passing 494). At the stop light take a left on to Valley View Rd. At the second set of stop lights turn left on to Washington Ave. We are located on the left hand side of the street, look for the white brick building between the buildings that have the red roof covering their docks.

Coming from the North on 169: Take 169 S to Valley View Rd. (Valley View is the last exit prior to 494)  At the stop light take a right on to Valley View Rd. You will take an immediate left on to Washington Ave. We are located on the left hand side of the street, look for the white brick building between the buildings that have the red roof covering their docks.

Time: 6- 8 pm
Potluck
We are looking for venues to have meetings for
2009 and 2010.  If you would like to host a meeting please contact the HTA to set one up. info@handmadetileassociation.org

If you are not in the Minnesota region consider creating a meeting of tile and mosaic artists in your area.  The HTA can promote your meeting through this newsletter and on the website, Facebook, and Linked in. It is a great way to learn and promote tile ideas.
 
Sincerely,
 

Josh Blanc
Handmade Tile Association.LLC
Quick Links
Welcome New Members

Business Members

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Thank you!
No Clay Feet* Here
CALL FOR ARTISTS: Crossings is organizing an August 2009 exhibit
A Tile Exhibition
No Clay Feet* Here
Deadline: Saturday, July 18

DOWNLOAD APPLICATION CLICK HERE
SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS
All finished art works must not exceed 18" x 18" x 8" or 20 pounds. Only wall art with suitable hanging devices will be accepted. Submissions must be postmarked by July 18.
ENTRY FEE
$15 per entry. If space allows, we will accept more than one piece per person.

For more info click here

National Juried Tile Show
DEADLINE AUG. 1, 2009 FOR ENTRY FORM & IMAGES

The Edina Art Center is pleased t.o announce a special exhibition in celebration of the National Tile Conference and the eighth-annual Minnesota Tile Festival, which takes place this fall.
The exhibit, titled "The Nature of Tile," is calling for entries for a National Juried Tile Exhibition to be held at the Center from Aug. 31 through Sept. 19.
Submissions are due Aug. 1. Contact Sandra Shaughnessy at 952-903-5788.


Call For Entries Link

California Heritage Museum Tile Sale
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California Heritage Museum Tile Sale
June 13th
California Heritage Museum
9th Annual Tile Sale
Santa Monica, California
Click here for more details

Two Perspectives  Intertwined
Gallery Show runs: April 25th through June 20th
Clay Squared to Infinity hours: Mon. through Sat., 11am - 5pm.
Admission is FREE.

Clay Squared to Infinity will showcase the mother daughter team of Norma Hanlon and Kirsten Walsted-- tile artists who have been collaborating since 1996. Both have evolved from making individual fish tiles to a complete array of handmade Bas Relief tiles as art and for installations. Two Perspectives Intertwined image
Two
Perspectives Intertwined will show the growth of these two women and how they are taking a traditional craft and pushing the boundaries of how to view tiles as art through abstract conceptual imagery and story telling about Mother Earth.

Robin Brett Mosaic Scholarship
Robin Brent
  2009 -Applications and Guidelines NOW ONLINE!
DEADLINE: JUNE 15! Three years ago the Society of American Mosaic Artists (SAMA) established the Robin Brett Mosaic Scholarship Program to support emerging and established mosaicists by funding an educational opportunity identified as pivotal to their advancement in the art form. In doing so, the organization paid tribute to Robin Brett, a gifted mosaicist and generous friend who supported, inspired, and empowered those around her. To date, SAMA has awarded seven scholarships to member-artists. In 2009, our fourth year, SAMA will award two $1,500 scholarships.
For more information on the Scholarship and to
Download the 2009 application, click here!



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