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Handmade Tile Association Newsletter



10th Year


September is "Tile Month" as far as the Handmade Tile Association is concerned.  The Minnesota Tile Festival, National Tile Conference, Tile gallery shows at the Edina Art Center and Clay Squared to Infinity it just doesn't get bigger than that for us.  This has been our best year for PR across the board.  If you listen to Minnesota Public Radio pod casts or radio shows on the Internet you will hear our ad every time you click on the news.  We also will be running ten radio ads on MPR on the Wednesday and Thursday before the MN Tile Festival.  MPR is also a sponsor of the event and will be doing additional promotion for us. 
Our partners this year are giving it all for us too.  The Potters Council has been driving lots of traffic to the HTA website as well as print ads in Ceramics Monthly, Ceramic Industry and Pottery Illustrated.  The Edina Art Center has been a huge component by being our conference site.  They have gotten the word out in the newsletters, press releases and there wonderful facility.  Tile Heritage Foundation has also been sending out lots of reminders and promoting to their members all the great opportunities that can be found in the Minnesota Tile scene. We will be mailing out 3200 postcards a week before the show with $1 off coupons attached.  10,000 postcards were printed and have been distributed, we are advertising on Facebook.  We were listed in the SAMA newsletter, Twin Cities Bungalow Club, and the Star Tribune has contacted us for images to run an article on the festival.  Thanks to all of you and everyone else for all the work you have done to make the Handmade Tile Association artists successful!  You are the best.
In This Issue
Only Two Tables Left!!!
Tile Conference Registration
2010 HTA Directory
Twin Cities Tile Tour.
Bloomington Art Center Show update
Next Meeting
Welcome New Members
Things that HTA needs
Five Hours...
Two HTA Artists gets press
Tile shows in conjunction with Tile Conference
Juried tile show with big prizes!.
MN Tile Festival September 19th

MN Tile Festival postcard imageSeptember 19th
10 am to 5 pm
$5 Gate - All HTA members and ASI members get in for free!

At the American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Ave South, Minneapolis, MN 55407

The 8th annual Minnesota Tile Festival is upon us and we are ready!  Bring your friends and family and help make this our biggest and best year yet! Click here to save a $1 off the entry

All the artist vendor spots were taken only the second time in our history.  Here is the list below of our artists, designers, and organizations participating.

Outside Booths
Tierneys Tile
Swan Tile, Inc
Felice Amato
Tile By KT
Cotton Lake Tile
North Prairie Tile
Clay Squared
Martha Enzler
Carter Holiday
SoMi Tileworks
Mercury Mosaics
Miriam Shuros
Bon Ton Designs

Special Guest
Tile Heritage Foundation

$1 off coupon link
Inside Booths
Margy Jean Balwierz
Stephanie Kaczrowski
Barbara Schmidt
Five Wings Studio
MargyJean Balwierz
Untapped Resources
David Aichinger Tile
Christine Nelson Design
Blue Marble Clayworks
Ri Creation's
Earth Wood and Fire
A Tuckish Affair
Dean Tile
Tile Restoration Center
Clay Earth Studios
Twin Cities Bungalow Club
Lea-Way Designs
Sharra Frank

We are expecting to break the 1000 attendance mark this year.  To do this make sure you mail out your postcards, tell people about the show in your e newsletters, post the tile festival on your social networks ie Facebook, Linked In, Yelp, My Space etc.  Click link above and send them a link to your customers to save a $1 off their entry into the MN Tile Festival. Please add the graphics of the tile festival to your website.  If you need any technical help don't hesitate to contact the HTA.

2009 commemorative tile
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

Thank you all for all your support and we look forward to seeing the membership at the Great Minnesota Tile Festival
Tile Conference Registration
The national tile conference is almost full don't miss out.

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.
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. specs and registration forms click here 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.
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).
 Bloomington Art Center Show update
We have 10 committed tile and mosaic artists for this show.  I talked to Rachel at The Bloomington Art Center (BAC) and she said that there is more space available for our group and she can extend the deadline to October 9th.  Please click on the details below to participate.

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, October 9th 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.)
Next HTA Meeting

Thursday Monday October 12th
Time: 6- 8 pm

Clay Squared to Infinity
34 13th Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413

Review of the MN Tile Festival and Tile Conference
Final days to submit to 2010 directory
HTA Mission statement updates
Board nominations due
Show and tell - Bring a new tile work to show us what you have been up to.
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

Super Member
D'Arte DesignsDenise R. Duarte

A Turkish Affair Riza & Amanda Boztepe

Friend Membership

Linda Barnes

Nature ArtsFran Anderson

Thank you!
Things that HTA needs

Get your 5 hours in!

Eight volunteers for the MN Tile Festival

A Photographer for the MN Tile Festival

Data entry!!

Ad design for 2010 directory

Tile Writers for Directory

Join or start a committee to improve on projects you feel need to be accomplished.

Consider joining the HTA board

Click here to tell us what you can do

Five Hours
Thanks to Sheryl Tuorila for labeling and stamping 3200 postcards for the MN Tile Festival.

Thanks Leann Johnson made the template for the 2010 directory saving us money, time and making the HTA look great.

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
Artists Amy Baur and Brian Boldon of In Plain Sight Art  and Josh Blanc of Clay Squared to Infinity were selected as Midwest Home's 53 Best in their September issue.  Congratulations! Click here to read the article

53 best from Midwest Home Magazine

Tile shows in conjunction with Tile Conference
"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

ASI logo

potters council logo

Tile Heritage Foundation logo and link

Edina Art Center logo and link