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Handmade Tile Association Newsletter


12th Year  



August is when the Handmade Tile Association moves into high gear working on the final touches of the Minnesota Tile Festival Tile Festival Videoand the kick off to the 2012 directory.


  August 15th is also the cut off for registering for the Minnesota Tile Festival. We still have some booth spaces left for artist who want to get into this great event. This year promises to be bigger and better than ever. Don't miss out. Click here to register.

Start gathering or taking your photos of projects you have completed this year to utilize in your 2012 ad in the directory. We are always Advertising link amazed at the phenomenal growth of tile artist work each year.  Read through your ad copy and make sure it is current. Tell us when you would like to be spotlighted for next year. If you have never advertised in the directory we welcome all newcomers and don't hesitate to ask questions. Deadline is October 15th. Click here for more details on advertising
In This Issue
August 15th is the deadline!
2012 Directory Drive Starts
QR Codes
Events, shows, new products, art, classes etc!.
Welcome New and Renewing Membership
August Jobs
Spotlight on Artist Schedule
August 15th is the deadline!

tile festival postcard
Start branding your work register for the Minnesota Tile Festival today
Spaces still available to be apart of the MN Tile Festival. We also are offering a special to those wanting an extra booth space. For $50 you can get an extra 5' x 10' booth space added to your original space.

Click here to purchase your space on line.

Click here to download a printable application.

Contact the HTA if you have questions. 612-781-6409
2012 Directory Drive Starts

Click here for more ad info
The Handmade Tile Association directories are the concept that started the HTA's acceleration to a major player in the tile world. The original 16 page directories were black and white of basic information of who, what, why, and where about twelve tile artists could be found.  It was the upper Midwest's yellow pages of tile resources.
Today 13 years later we have publish a 52 page full color national tile directory that is a comprehensive tile booklet packed with great tile artists, quality tile setters, tile showrooms, material resources, tile history, articles on tile, calendars and so much more.
As we kick off the 13th annual directory drive we hope all of you that have advertised in this years publication or are new or have been thinking about being in the directory will review our options to take part in the 2012 directory, the best marketing tool for tile artists in the United States. Click here to advertise in the 2012 directory.
QR Codes

QR Code
Use your smart phone and shot this QR code and see where it takes you
Chances are you have probably seen these black and white squares multi squares popping up in magazines, billboards and at stores. They are called QR codes which stands for Quick Response.
Why do they matter and how do they work?
  1. Viewer sees a QR Code on a print ad or a web page
  2. Viewer loads a QR Code scanning application on your mobile phone
  3. Viewer photographs the QR Code with your mobile phone
  4. The QR Code scanning application then provides the viewer with a URL and the option to load it on your phone's web browser.

In simple terms they matter to artists because they are basically a free UPC code you can put on your work, postcards, business cards, tents, cars, anything that people who want to know more about you but can't talk to you. They can be taken right to your website, event, newsletter, or sale. The QR codes gives artists and small businesses a tool that only large companies could afford before, a tracking device that shows you were and what people are interested in when you are not around to ask questions. Are your ads working? Does your postcard and brochures really work? You have a long website name everyone misspells no longer a problem they just aim their phone at your QR code and they are on your site.

Here is the website to generate your free QR codes

To get a free QR code reader for your phone device or I Touch you can go to the Apple store and ask for a QR code reader and Scanner


Many Droid platforms already have them downloaded on your phones. If you don't have one just type in QR code reader for Droids and you will get the free app 

Events, shows, new products, art, classes etc!
Facebook icon and linkFour times a week Ashley from Trebuchet communications does a Facebook post on the Handmade Tile Association page. She is looking for , members who have events or anything they want to publicize, they can send all the info to

The same thing goes for artists chosen for the HTA "Artist of the Month" spotlight. If they connect with me early, I can integrate more of their work and interests in the press release.

Handmade Tile Association Meeting  


September 1st 

at the Midtown Global Market

9 am meet at the food court 


We will have a preview of the location of the Minnesota Tile Festival
so that exhibitors can become familiarized with the new venue on
at 9 a.m.Thursday Sept. 1st at the Midtown Global Market. Booth
assignments will be available then.



October 11th
When - Tuesday 6:30
Where - Laurie McKichan LLC Furniture Studio 




We are looking for venues to have meetings in 2012. Advertisers in the HTA directory can save 15% on their ads if you host a meeting. Artists can get their 5 hours of volunteering in to qualify for a advertising discount by hosting a meeting.  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 check out all the new info
Events button

Classes and Workshop Link

Gallery Show Link

Things to Know About Link
Welcome New and Renewing Membership

Business Members
Niki Glen
Fay Jones Day

Verdant Tile Company
Mary Philpott

August Jobs
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Get your 5 hours in!  

We are in the final months to get your 5 hours of volunteering in for the major discount in the 2012 directory.

We are collecting names for volunteers for the MN Tile Festival. We will need helpers for set up, day of events, tear down etc. If you can not do it volunteer your family member or friend. 

We have lots of data entry to do.   

I can help click here to tell us what you can do 

Spotlight on Artist Schedule
Spotlight on artists for 2011.  Please send us any new images, information or news that you would like to be highlighted by the first of your month to the the HTA.


August 2011- Ceramic Chinn, North Praire Tileworks, BA Schmidt


September 2011-Earth Wood and Fire, Margy Jean Balwierz, Thomas Kent Collection 


October 2011- Tile Restoration Center, Weaver Tile, Swan Tile


November 2011- Sheryl Tuorila, Stone Hollow Tile, Emily Dyer,


December 2011- Untapped Resources, Suzanne Crane Fine Stoneware, Mercury Mosaics


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Tile Heritage Foundation logo and link

Tile Magazine Link