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Handmade Tile Association Newsletter



10th Year


Deadlines is the name of the game for August. The MN Tile Festival deadline is August 15th and we only have two tables left. The Bloomington Art Center show for HTA members deadline is August 17th.  The National Tile Conference "Handmade Tile and Mosaics"  has only 29 spots left.  It is an intense month and thank you for all of you that sent in work to the other juried tile shows at the Edina Art Center and Crossings in Zumbrota MN.  We are going to have a great tile extravaganza that no one will want to miss.

August also marks the kick off to the 2010 HTA directory.  Yes it comes up fast but we want to give you enough time to get ready.  Please review your images of your projects of the year and new tiles you want to show the world.  Has your worked developed with new images and concepts?  Does your written copy reflect your business or art accurately? If not write an up to date wording about your work and or your business.  Do you have a new product or service you should be telling people about?  If so consider taking out an extra ad to promote what you do.  Hint: promote one idea per ad.  It cost more but you get the response you are looking for and make more money.

Lastly the National tile conference and MN Tile Festival is almost here and as tile efficianos it is so important that we utilize these two events to promote handmade tile and mosaics in all its glory.  This is the crescendo of our year as tile artists, the media is writing about us, friends and family talk about tiles even total strangers want to talk tile. Make sure you can give them good information so they can learn and participate in all of our events about tiles and mosaics.  Have you made links from your website to both events?  Even if you can not attend them both events still effects your business.  Make sure people know they can participate in all of the opportunities so they become life long fans.  Update your website to direct people to the tile conference so they can register.  Make sure you have MN Tile Festival postcards and HTA directories in your studio and at shows.  Thanks to everyone for all you do to promote handmade tiles. I look forward to seeing so many of you at all the tile events. 
In This Issue
Tile Conference Registration
Only Two Tables Left!!!
A reminder for the Bloomington Art Center Show Info
Twin Cities Tile Tour.
2010 HTA Directory
Next Meeting
Welcome New Members
Five Hours...
Two HTA Artists gets press
Things that HTA needs
Tile show of Pacific Northwest
Juried tile show with big prizes!.
Tile Conference Registration
The national tile conference is over 2/3 full already don't miss out. ONLY 35 SEATS LEFT

Conquering the Challenges
September 18-20, 2009 | Minneapolis, Minnesota
Hosted by Handmade Tile Association and Potters Council
 tile conference web image for your website

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.
Only Two Tables Left!!!!

We are down to it two tables left if you want to do the show send in your application today.  The show is a first come first serve basis we will put you on the wait list when we fill up. 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.
MN Tile Festival postcard image
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.

Karin Kraemer of Duluth Pottery designed our 5th commemorative tile for 2009.  A vibrant and expressive commemorative tile that we are sure will be a great fund raising tool for the Handmade Tile Association.  Only 25 will be made so make sure you reserve yours today.  Members can receive from 10% to 15% off depending on you level of membership.

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 deadline August 17th

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 or 612-781-6409 to be included in the 2010 directory.)
Twin Cities Tile Tour

Norma Hanlon tile and art enthusiast extraordinare has put together a Twin Cities Tile Tour. 
Saturday, October 10, 2009
8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
St. Kates tile imagePlease join us for a day-long bus tour of beautiful handmade tile and mosaic installations that have been created and installed by artists and craftspeople in public spaces throughout the Twin Cities. Proceeds from this tour will help to create a scholarship fund for new and emerging tile and mosaic artists. More information available on the Registration Form (PDF).
2010 HTA Directory

The 2010 Handmade Tile Association directory process starts now.  Deadline is October 15th 2009.  Click here for the details. Yes we know that seems like a long way off but there is plenty to get ready for.  Have you been running the same images for the past couple of years?  Do you have new work to show if so hook up with your favorite photographer and submit your new work?  Does your copy look good or does it need some freshening up?  Did you want to trade your time to get a lower price on your ad rates?  You still have time just click the links below and contact the HTA to commit to the 2010 HTA directory.  Remember to get into the January Show at the Bloomington Art Center you need to verbally or by e mail say you are planning on advertising with the HTA by August 17th.  Review below for details.
Next HTA Meeting

Thursday August 6th
Time: 6- 8 pm

David Aichinger Studio
1680 Edgerton St
St. Paul MN 55130

BBQ!!!  Please bring some great food to grill.
HTA Mission statement updates
Prices for the 2010 directory will be available.
Show and tell - Bring a new tile work to show us what you have been up to.
Last chance to sign up for the MN Tile Festival
Updates on the National Tile Conference
PR update of the MN Tile Festival
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.

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.

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

Business Members

Carri Carlson of Array Kitchen and Bath Design

A Turkish Affair Riza & Amanda Boztepe

Friend Membership

Ginkgo Studios
Kathleen Allen

Thank you!
Five Hours
Have you had plans to trade 5 hours of time for a lower rate in the 2010 HTA directory?  If so time is running out and we still need your help! The HTA has lots of jobs that need to be done if you want to save $180 on your directory ad please contact Josh 612-781-6409 and set up your trade time. 

Two HTA Artists gets press
HTA member Leaann E. Johnson got a nice write up on her products in the
Star Tribune click the link to read the story click the image below
Star Tribune article image

Brenda Lusher of
Mizner Industries was also written up in a national magazine Town & Country

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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 MN Tile Festival

Data entry

Pick up tile festival postcards and directories and hand them out all summer long
Join or start a committee to improve on projects you feel need to be accomplished.

Consider joining the HTA board

Tile shows in conjunction with Tile Conference
No Clay Feet*Here
August 3-31
a tile exhibition
Artists' reception: Friday, August 7, 7pm

"The Nature of Tile"
Aug. 31-Sept. 20, 2009 --
Reception: 4-6 p.m. Sept. 20

Clay Squared to Infinity presents nineteen tile artists from the Artisan Tile Northwest organization of the Pacific Northwest.

postcard image and link

Gallery Show runs: July 1st through September 30th

Opening reception with the artists: Thursday September 17th 2009

Juried tile show with big prizes!
Tell tale tiles and fractured fanticacies image
Tell-Tale Tiles & Fractured Fantasies
March 15 To April 15, 2010
Philadelphia, PA
Click here for more details

$3,000 in prizes will be awarded.
By the Juror:
Best in Show: $1000
2nd Prize: $750
3rd Prize: $500
Tile Heritage Prize: $250
Special Guest choices:
Spirit of Mercer Prize: $250
Spirit of Zagar Prize: $250

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potters council logo

Tile Heritage Foundation logo and link

Edina Art Center logo and link