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Handmade Tile Association Newsletter


12th Year  



  We have wrapped up the 2012 Handmade Tile Association Directory drive.  I want to thank all of you past and present who were inspired to either continue or join in the directory and those who have tried it in past years. For many small business this is the HTA directory was or is first time they have ever done print advertising. It can be tile columna big step to pay for another organization to promote your business.

Expectations should be set of what you want to achieve with your business name in this directory or any marketing and advertising. What the Handmade Tile Directory tries to espouse is that this booklet is a marketing tool. One to raise awareness of amazing American made handmade tile and mosaics. We give broad view of the range of options, history, planning and resources to complete their tile projects and buy tile and mosaic as art.

The directory is not a direct sales piece. It has no prices, we do not sell any of our advertisers work on our website, the HTA is a marketing company by most measures. We take your images, copy, events, workshops, classes and ideas and package it into a professional printed and web presentation. All for the concept to drive the the person who sees this full color directory to pick it up, browse through, go on line and search out the artists, plant the seed "I want to do my next project with this type of materials." As potential patrons get closer to their project they will view your website. Does your website tell your story well? Do you have easy information for them to order your brochure(s) and samples? Are your prices easy to find and understand? If you were them and you came to your website would you be able to find the information needed to do a kitchen, backsplash, fireplace, bathroom with your tiles? If so you will be able to take advantage of the power of this printed directory and website. As you wait for the directory to come out in January please take a moment to review your own literature and presence on the web and make sure you can capitalize on the investment you made with the HTA. We want you to be successful and return year after year.
In This Issue
Artists for 2012
Board vote
Events, shows, new products, art, classes etc!.
Welcome New and Renewing Membership
November Jobs
Spotlight on Artist Schedule
Welcome Artists and Resources for 2012

5 Hours buttonWelcome to the 39 artists who placed an ad in the 2012 directory. 32 artists have returned from last year and 7 new artists have come aboard. 36 resource advertisers placed as too.
Fifteen states are represented with our first AZ, CA, MS, NJ and PA joining the directory.
Alma ArtisanMargy Jean Balwierz
B.A. Schmidt Arts & Enterprises, IncMedicine Bluff Studio
Belvedere Art Tile Ltd.Mercury Mosaics
Bon Ton DesignsNorth Prairie Tile Inc.
Ceramic ChinnPasadena Craftsman Tile
Clay Earth StudiosPewabic Pottery
Clay Squared to InfinityPiazza Art and Design
David Aichinger Tile Co.Potek Glass
Dean TileRed Step Studio
Deb LeAir CeramicsSheryl Tuorila Mosaics
Desert Rise Stone Distr.Sight Line Tile
Earth Wood and FireSoMi Tileworks
Inner PieceStephanie Kaczrowski
Kuilema Pottery, incStone Hollow Tile
La Alameda PressSuzanne Crane Fine Stoneware
laNeva Artisan TileThomas Kent Collection
Lea-Way Designs, LLCTile Restoration Center
Lilywork Ceramic Ornament, LLCUntapped Resource Inc.
Mad Zebra TileWeaver tile
Moravian Pottery and Tile Works

Resources for 2012 


American Restoration TileMeshmount Paper & Tape
Array Kitchen and Bath DesignMinnesota Clay
Artisan Tile NorthwestMinnesota Mosaic Guild
Bloomington Art CenterPrairie Tile Works
Bread & Roses RemodelingMosaic on a Stick, llc
Bzech StudioNational Tile Contractors Association
Chicago Mosaic SchoolNKBA MN Chapter
Christine Nelson DesignNorth Prairie Tile Inc.
Clay Borne CoNorthern Clay Center
Clay Squared to InfinitySAMA
Dovetail Art & AntiquesSatoriTile
Edina Art CenterSOMI Tileworks
Santa Theresa Tile Works
Status Ceramics
Hohn and Hohn IncThe ARCH
Institute of Mosaic ArtTile Council of North America
Kerber TileTile Gallerie
Laurie McKichan LLCTile Heritage Foundation
Board and cover art vote upcoming

5 Hours buttonWe will be doing a board vote and cover of the 2012 directory after middle of the month. Please be looking for it and help choose the next cover of the directory.

The cover is chosen ever year since 2004 from a historic tile selection given to us by the Tile Heritage Foundation. We choose historic tile covers to honor our past and showcase how tiles are a timeless image.

The board vote will feature six returning members for consideration.
Josh Blanc
Roger Mayland
Norma Hanlon
Laura McCaul
Christine Nelson
Lucy Yogerst


Events, shows, new products, art, classes etc!
Facebook icon and linkWe are looking for more events to post. Please send us your classes and workshops, and gallery shows.

Four times a week the HTA does a Facebook post on the Handmade Tile Association page. We are looking for , members and advertisers 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  


November 15th and 16th 

Proofing party November 15th and 16th at Clay Squared to Infinity
11- 5 both days. Come in at your convenience. 



You can view the entire directory and check out your ad to make sure it looks great. Make edits to the entire directory and give your advice. 


Clay Squared to Infinity

34 13th Ave NE

Minneapolis, MN 55413


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
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Welcome New and Renewing Membership
Super Friend Members
American Restoration Tile
Array Kitchen and Bath Design
Chicago Mosaic School
Christine Nelson Design
Clay Borne Co
Clay Squared to Infinity
Jan Hohn
Karen Silton
La Alameda Press
Lea-Way Designs, LLC
Mercury Mosaics
National Tile Contractors Association
NKBA MN Chapter
North Prairie Tile Inc.
Pasadena Craftsman Tile
Pewabic Pottery
Piazza Art and Design
Tile Council of North America
Tina Schowalter
Untapped Resource Inc.
Weaver Tile

Business Members
Belvedere Art Tile Ltd.
Bon Ton Designs
Bread & Roses Remodeling
Cotton Lake Tile
David Aichinger Tile Co.
Deb LeAir
Earth Wood and Fire
Inner Piece
Kerber Tile
laNeva Artisan Tile
Lilywork Ceramic Ornament, LLC
Mosaic on a Stick, llc
Nancy Froseth
Potek Glass
Red Step Studio
Sheryl Tuorila
Sight Line Tile
Status Ceramics
Stephanie Kaczrowski
Stone Hollow Tile
Suzanne Crane Fine Stoneware
Tile Gallerie
Tile Restoration Center
Woodland Stoves & Fireplaces

Friend Membership
Elizabeth M Reid
Juanita D. Davis

November Jobs
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Get your 5 hours in!  

We have lots of office help!!   

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.

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


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