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Handmade Tile Association Newsletter



10th Year


The flurry of activity for the 2010 Handmade Tile Association directory is now over we will begin in ernest laying out the directory over the next three weeks.  The 11th edition has expanded again with 44 artist registering up by six artists from last year as well as many new and returning advertisers.  There will be some great choices for members to chose from for the cover of the directory.  Six selections were submitted by the Tile Heritage Foundation of historic tiles. Thanks so much for everyone participating it is wonderful to see we keep growing every year.
This year we do have a small but significant shift that we are proposing in the mission statement that we will be asking HTA members to vote on.  The main issue is when we started the HTA we were a regional based group focusing on the Upper Midwest. Over the past 11 years we have attracted attention from a national crowd in the tile world. We get lots of requests from national artists and advertisers to be in the directory each year. We have modified the fee structure and have been trying to make sure as we grow we pass on the culture of sharing information, knowledge about tiles and the concept that this is a volunteer run organization. Everyone's sweat equity makes a major difference in our success.  Please be on the look out for a on line vote to approve the new mission statement and a vote on the cover of the directory.
A big thanks to the twenty one members participated in the five hour volunteering in exchange for a web link.  Many artist members have done the basics of office help and for the first year every we will be able to map out most of our meetings a half to a whole year in advance (look for details in next months newsletter).  Many of the artists have arrange studio meetings, workshops and lectures. Leann Johnson set up shows at the Bloomington Art Center in Bloomington MN and Laura McCaul organized Phipps Show in Wisconsin for HTA members in Two of the gallery shows next year.  Artists across the country are handing out directories and working on building connections to galleries, showrooms, tile setters, and organizations.  We will have a strong year with many great opportunities for members to take advantage of.  Keep up the good work.
In This Issue
Tile Conference Wrap Up.
American Crafts Counci
In Memory of Ruth McKinney
Board Slate for 2010
Next HTA Meeting Proofing Party.
Welcome new and renewing members
Art Attack
Things that HTA needs
Five Hours...
Two HTA Artists gets press
Tile Conference Wrap Up

The National tile Conference Handmade Tile and Mosaics was a huge success for everyone involved. 97 people from from 23 states and Canada came to the event.  Here is a list of the states represented, NM, IA, WA, IN, PA, OH, CT, MT OR, CA, AR, TX, MS IL CO, MO, WI, NE, AZ, FL MN, UT, SD, NY, MI, WV and Canada.   From the reports the HTA has gotten they said this conference was excellent meeting budgets and quality of the event itself.

The tile conference meet all of the HTA goals of showcasing the quality artists, programing and extensive infrastructure of tile resources we have in the Upper Midwest.  As we expanded to a more national crowd these events teach us lots of logistics and planning skills. Lots of connections were made to continue more programing of tiles.  Our local artists who presented at the conference Karin Kraemer, Barbara Keith and Louis and Allen Voigt were all very well received and said they had a great time.  Our national guests Tile Heritage Joe Taylor and Shelia Menzies, Carol Dean, and Carrie Ann Parks also enjoyed their visit and all were impressed by the attendees questions and engagement of their presentations. 

The Edina Art Center was an incredible partner for this event.  Sandra Shaughnessy and her team made the EAC a very welcoming place for all the attendees and presenters.  The national juried gallery show was well presented and showed a great variety of tile styles, concepts and ideas.  We hope to have many other partnerships with the EAC in the coming years.

The Potter Council Carolyn Dorr was a force of amazing organization prowess.  The behind the scenes work she did with Josh Blanc and Sandra Shaughnessy was stunning. She organized all the food, hotels, buses, did all the coordination of the presenters, and worked with the HTA and EAC to make sure we had all the necessary info to make it run great.  Realize Carolyn never came to MN before the event to see the space she had to work with and get the lay of the land. For the conference to go off with no problems is an testament to her skills as an organizer.  Thanks so much Carolyn. 

HTA 2009 directoryAmazingly enough the HTA is going to run out of directories before the end of the year. The HTA office has about 100 directories left with two months to go. We get an average of 5 to 10 requests a week.We usually have about 100 - 200 left at the end of the year but with the tile conference, more artists handing out the directory, and other opportunities we are looking like we will not have and for our historical files.  If you have extras at the end of the year please consider getting them back to the HTA office. We do sell them to people as a fundraiser, utilize in press releases and stories written about the HTA.  Please make sure to keep one or two for your files too!
 American Crafts Council
The HTA was contacted the the American Crafts Council ACC to be apart of the gift bag program.  For $50 we were allowed to get one piece of literature in all of their 300 attendees.  We of course offered the HTA directory to the national audience.  This is a good crowd to get our members work in front of many of them are gallery owners, craft afficanodos, collectors, museum and art center directors. 
In Memory of Ruth McKinney

This past summer the HTA was informed that Ruth McKinney past away from cancer.  Ruth's husband Joel McKinney were an artist team with their company Blackhawk Studios.  They made  3rd annual commemorative tile. 3rd annual commemorative tile

We first meet Ruth and Joel at the MN Tile Festival and they both jumped right in and started to volunteer at the 2nd annual MN Tile Festival and the next year they were making the commemorative tile and participating in the directory.

Ruth McKinneyRuth McKinney, best friend, partner, artist and educator, passed away on March 18th, 2009. She had more heart than anyone else I have ever know and she is terribly missed.
-Joel McKinney

We were glad to have met Ruth and she will be missed. 
Board Slate for 2010

Each year the Handmade Tile Association elects its board members. This year we have four returning board canidates and one new nomnine.  Christine Nelson.  Her is her statement.

I have been a member for the past 2 years and have been very excited to introduce my kitchen and bath design customers to the resources and artists work that your organization offers. I hope that I can add some insight into the other avenues for marketing these valuable artists and their work.

The slate for Handmade Tile board canidates are

Norma Hanlon
Roger Mayland
Lucy Yogerst
Laura McCaul
Josh Blanc
Christine Nelson

Members will be voting at the proofing party.  Absentee voting will be sent out by November 18th.

Next HTA Meeting Proofing Party

Wednesday November 18th
Time: 11-5 pm

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

Proofing of the 2010 directory
Vote on cover of the directory
Vote on Board nominations
Vote on changes to Mission statement

Members will be sent a proof of their ad but we still need artists to proof the directory to make sure everyone looks good and the publication is top notch.  Please make it a point to come in be the first to see the 2010 directory.
We are looking for venues to have meetings for 2010 and 2011.  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 and renewing members

Super Members
North Prairie Tile Inc.
Louis Richard Voigt
Sligo Creek Tile
American Restoration Tile
Christine Nelson Design
Clay squared to infinity
Leann E Johnson
Clay Borne Co
Mercury Mosaics
Edina Art Center
Artisan Tile Northwest
Edina Art Center

Business Members
Deb LeAir
FK Art Glass
Stone Hollow Tile
Nancy Froseth
Belvedere Art Tile Ltd
Leslie Remsen-Scott
Julie Nelson
Dean Tile
Stephanie Kaczrowski
Linda Mix Yates
The Tile Mechanic
Bread & Roses Remodeling
Marty Pearson
Bon Ton Designs
Jane Swan
Duluth Pottery
MN ceramic supply
Joel Mckinney
Jan Hohn
Rubble Tile
Judith Witt-Croswhte
In Plain Sight Art
Kathleen Clemmons
Mizner Industries, INC
David Aichinger Tile Co.
Margy Jean Balwierz
Kerber Tile
Linda Taylor

Friend Membership

Jill Libby

Thank you!
Art Attack
Friday, November 6th
5:00 to 10:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 7th
12:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, November 8th
12:00 to 5:00 p.m.
art attack image and link

The Northrup King Building
1500 Jackson Street NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413
Contact Information
(612) 363-5612

Art Attack is an annual open studio and gallery crawl at the Northrup King Building, in the heart of the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District. The weekend-long event features over 200 artists working in painting and drawing, sculpture, photography, architecture, custom furniture, fiber arts, metal, ceramics, glass, hand-crafted and custom jewelry, mixed media, mosaics, textiles, and more.
HTA artists participating
Sheryl Tuorila, Sharra Frank, SoMi Tileworks, Emily Dyer
Things that HTA needs

Get your 5 hours in!

Office work for the month of November
Organizing the board vote.
Consider doing a workshop/meeting at your studio. 

Click here to tell us what you can do

Five Hours
A super thanks needs to go out the Jill Libby for her volunteer work she has been doing over the month of October.  She has come in every Friday for 6 hours and entered in over 250 addresses of directory requests as well as filing and organizing the office. 

So many of the artists have taken to the 5 hour volunteering and are making a huge impact on the organization.  Many of you have committed to meetings, marketing, writing, data entry, distribution, and overall planning it is an amazing feat!  All of the work you do helps keep our costs down by tens of thousands of dollars!  Realize the HTA has no paid staff and we are an organization with a budget of under $25,000  a year. That is amazing for what we accomplish.  Thanks and we look forward to working with you next year.

 contact Josh 612-781-6409 and set up your trade time. 

Two HTA Artists gets press
Sharra Frankand Josh Blanc of Clay Squared to Infinity were selected by Mpls/St. Paul Magazine Custom Made 45 Top artisan, shops, galleries, event and art in their November issue.  Congratulations! Click here to read the article

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