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Handmade Tile Association September Newsletter 2011

13th year 


The 10th annual Minnesota Tile Festival is almost upon us!
Friday September 16th 5 - 8 pm &
Saturday September, 17th 10 - 5 pm.

As many of you know this year we expanded to a two-day event at our new location in the Midtown Global Market (the old Sears building). Being the 10th annual we have lots of great new surprises and a full show of artists, designers, tile setters, speakers, workshops and an amazing venue with over 15 restaurants in one location! 


One of the new features this year is FREE admission for everyone.  There will be awards handed out by Mpls/St.Paul Magazine and the Tile Heritage Foundation, t-shirts, bumper stickers, the silent auction, balloons, and a $250 of Tile Bucks you could win by attending Friday night.  


As members and followers of the the Handmade Tile Association we need your help to make this event to reach its full potential for success. Make sure you come to one or both days of the event, please promote the event on your social media, hand out postcards at your place of work or places you frequent, invite and bring your friends and family. It will be an amazing event help your friends Discover American Art Tile.

tile festival postcard Friday September 16th 5 - 8 pm
Saturday September, 17th 10 - 5 pm

At the Midtown Global Market
At the Midtown Global Market (the old Sears Building)
920 E. Lake Street
Minneapolis, MN 55407
Preview Friday Night - Chance to Win $250
tile buck

We are trying something new this year with our new location - a Friday night preview. As an insider to the Minnesota Tile Festival you are the first to be invited. You are our tile mavens and we hope you will bring your friends and family to this special event within the event and get a chance to win $250 of tile bucks!  


This year's festival will be featuring $250 Tile Bucks. This promotional offer is generously sponsored

by the  National Kitchen and Bath Association MN Chapter (NKBA). Tile Bucks must be used at the festival on either Friday or Saturday to purchase the artwork of participating festival artists. Tile Bucks entry forms will be available at the entrance and at participating artists' booths.The drawing is on Friday evening at 7:00pm.

Preview the artists



The Minnesota Tile Festival is your chance to meet the artists and find out how they make their tiles, what inspires them, find out if they can custom make a tile for you or have them sign the tile you just fell in love with and had to purchase for your collection. Click here to view all the artists.
Watch the Video

tile festival video 

See how the Minnesota Tile Festival got started and interviews with tile artists. Click here to watch the video.


ATNW and HTA Booth Swap

ATNW tile festival The Artisan Tile Northwest based in Seattle, Washington our sister organization out on the west coast. They have a tile festival two weeks after ours. Many of their artists have done our show over the years and Josh Blanc went to their show last year.

This year the MN Tile Festival will trade booths with ATNW Tile Festival. Their artists will send tiles for us to sell and HTA artists are invited to send tiles to their show. We each will have volunteers sell the work at the shows and send the money back to the artists. No commissions will be taken you just pay for shipping.

Here is what you need to know to participate. Using a medium flat box how ever many tiles you want to fit in the box send it to
Attn: Steve Moon
927 S Homer Street
Seattle, WA 98108

Please make sure to price your work, tape a business card to each tile, and have your return address. You will need to have paid return ticket for postage too. What ever does not sell will be sent back to you with a check for what you did sell. This is a great way to expand and cross pollinate handmade tiles across the country. We hope you take advantage of the opportunity.


Become a member

Become a member link Membership has its privileges. Many of tile festival participating artists are offering 10% discounts to HTA members.  Membership also saves you 10% off on the commemorative tile, tile maps and t-shirts. Get bi monthly newsletters with info on our artists, invites to tours, talks, demos, classes, workshops and so much more. Join Today!


Advertise in the 2012 HTA directory
Advertise in the 2012 Handmade Tile Association directory

The 13th Year Edition

The resource diadvertisingrectory and website where tile and mosaic artists are found and commissioned for tile projects!  


Being a member of the HTA has been an amazing resource, allowing us another venue where architects, designers & homeowners can find us and source projects from us.

Mercedes Austin
Mercury Mosaics  



To find out more info click here 


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We look forward to seeing you at the Minnesota Tile Festival our 10th Annual




Josh Blanc, President
Handmade Tile Association.LLC
Quick Links
Free Parking

Free ParkingParking: Three hours of free parking are available in the 10th Ave. S. and Lake St. ramp with any purchase from a Midtown Global Market Vendor.

Mosaic Demos

Mosaic on a Stick will be demo mosaics and have interactive mosaic projects for all ages. 


Volunteers Needed!
We are still looking for volunteers to help for the event. If you have the time we would love to have you. Free tile festival t-shirts for all volunteers!!! Click here for more info
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Pick up your free tile directory at the show
2011 tile directory

This 52 page full color tile artisan directory is packed with great info on tile artists, tile setters, places that offer classes and workshops, designers, and articles on tile. Get your free copy at the Minnesota Tile Festival.

Edina Art Center
The Edina Art Center will be demo a tile how to make a tile mold.  Brad Benn will have molds in all the stages and have wet clay for people to make a tile from a mold.
Speakers at the Festival

1.  Roger Mayland of North Prairie Tileworks will speak about Replication of Historic tile.


2.  John Hohn will speak on the topic:  Handmade vs. Machine Made Tile Installation.


3.  Carri Carlson of Array Kitchen and Bath Design will present a talk entitled:  "Lean to Love your Pink (Yellow, Blue, Tan...) Tile Bathroom."  This discussion is related to mid-century tiled bathrooms.


4. Christine Nelson  of Christine Nelson Design. Topic Planning the details with a designer.Kitchen and bath designer, Christine Nelson will walk you thru the steps from design to implementation of planning the details and installing handmade tile.



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