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Handmade Tile Association Newsletter


12th Year  



5 Hours buttonThe 2012 Handmade Tile Association Directory cover has been chosen. For the second year in a row it was very close with only one vote making the difference. The winner is a close up of California China Products Company (CCPCo) in National City, dating to 1914. The tiles are in the lobby of what was the California Building in Balboa Park (San Diego) designed by architect Bertrum Goodhue, the site of the Panama California Exposition in 1915. The building is now the Museum of Man. Courtesy of Joe Taylor and Sheila Menzies of the Tile Heritage Foundation.

A little history on the cover. The HTA cover is always a historic tile selection. This allows the HTA to honor our tile past and it ensures that there is not a competition between contemporary tile artisans which could get contentious. The cover also proves that artisan tiles are timeless and engaging. People who pick up the directory are always drawn to the rich colors, patterns and designs showcased. Thanks to the Tile Heritage Foundation for supplying us with great choices and we all look forward to holding the 2012 directory in our hands and see the wonderful tiles is showcases page after page.
In This Issue
HTA Board Voted In
Article Headline
Events, shows, new products, art, classes etc!.
Welcome New and Renewing Membership
Spotlight on Artist Schedule
HTA Board Voted In

5 Hours buttonHot out of the kiln all the Handmade Tile Association Board was voted overwhelmingly to return. Congratulations and thanks to the members for voting.

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

 Click here to see the voting results
5 Hours buttonEvery year advertisers and members have an opportunity to help the organization by volunteering. We ask everyone to give 5 hours a year. Those who do we offer a $100 off your advertising costs in the directory.
We have a variety of jobs we always need help with. Office work being the most needed. The HTA needs someone at least once a month to do filing and mailings and membership.
Second the HTA participates and hosts events like the MN Tile Festival, Art A Whirl, Trade show, and gallery shows. We need volunteers to run a booth at these events, host a meeting organize the other volunteers.
Your volunteering helps the HTA keep their costs down and most beneficial is we have noticed it is a great way for members to get to meet and know each other better which tends to lead to collaboration.
If you would like to help please contact Josh to tell him what you would like to help with.  612-781-6409
Thank you!!!

5 Hours buttonAs we finish up 2011 the Handmade Tile Association wants to thank al of you who participated in all of the events, meetings, volunteers, social media, show, and all the stuff in between. The HTA keeps reaching new heights and it is because everyone is so engaged and wanting to see this concept of a tile artisans sharing experiences, ideas and marketing. Please keep up the great work and we look forward to all of the great adventures and opportunities to come. Thank You!
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  


January 28th


Location: TBD
Time - 6- 8pm




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
Super Friend Members
SoMi Tileworks
Institute of Mosaic Art
Business Members

Dean Tile
Desert Rise Stone Distr.
Steve Hemingway
Julie Nelson
Darin Ronning
Cabin Fever Pottery

Friend mebership

Susan Shaughnessy

Spotlight on Artist Schedule
Spotlight on artists for 20111 and 2012.  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

Mercury Mosaics

Suzanne Crane Fine Stoneware
Untapped Resources


Kuilema Pottery, inc
Inner Piece
Mad Zebra Tile
Minnesota Clay
Kerber Tile
laNeva Artisan Tile
Medicine Bluff Studio
Bon Ton Designs
Chicago Mosaic School
NKBA MN Chapter
Lilywork Ceramic Ornament, LL
Belvedere Art Tile Ltd.
Piazza Art and Design
Clay Borne Co.

Arts and Crafts Logo

Tile Heritage Foundation logo and link

Tile Magazine Link