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13th Year


Welcome to the April 2012 spotlight on Handmade Tile Association artists and tile events from the around the United States.  We feature three artists every month. links and resources (to the right) to many of the tile events, gallery shows, workshops featured around the country.

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Sight Line Tile
Amy Baur and Brian Boldon
Minneapolis, MN



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kiln-formed glass tile
Artists Amy Baur and Brian Boldon are busy.  Fall of 2011 they launched their residential kiln-formed glass tile line called 
.  It is beginning to take flight with many local Designers visiting their studio located in the Casket Arts Building at 681 17th ave NE, Studio 121Minneapolis. Here is an example of one of their custom image designs complimented by their own palette of glass field tile.


Denver Justice Center project
Recently  InPlainSight Art, Amy and Brian's Public Art studio, was awarded their largest to date commission. This 130 foot long work of art will be installed this Fall in the Denver Justice Center, Denver, Colorado.The fabrication has begun - 550 10x16 in large format tiles & 20 handbuilt stoneware relief elements with custom image.  Come by their studio to see the weekly progress. 
This month Brian Boldon participated in two exhibitions in conjunction with the 2012 NCECA (National Council for the  Education of Ceramic Art) Conference in Seattle WA.  Brian is included in the NCECA Invitational Push Play  at the Bellevue Museum and Deviations from Comfort at the Seattle Design Center.  Pictured here is an installation titled Slipstream made from stoneware and earthenware tile and digital ceramic decals at the Seattle Design Center. 

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Casket Arts Building


681  17th Ave NE Stuiod 121


Moravian Pottery and Tile Works   
Doylestown, Pennsylvania

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Moravian Pottery and Tileworks
The Moravian Pottery and Tile Works, a National Historic Landmark, is maintained as a "working history" museum by Pennsylvania's County of Bucks, Department of Parks and Recreation. Handmade tiles are still produced in a manner similar to that developed by the pottery's founder and builder, Henry Chapman Mercer (1856-1930). Mercer was a major proponent of the Arts & Crafts Movement in America. He directed the work at the pottery from 1898 until his death in 1930.


Equestrian mosaic
Equestrian mosaic
You may still purchase handmade reissues of tiles and mosaics made in the American Arts & Crafts tradition from us. Check our online catalog to see the many tiles we have for gifts and installations such as kitchens, fireplaces, floors and walls. 

The Arkansas Traveller Fireplace we created for the Philadelphia Airport exhibit
Come and visit our historic museum. We offer self-guided tours of the museum every half-hour beginning at 10 AM with the last one beginning at 4 PM. Tours begin with a short video and visitors can then walk through at their leisure. Tours are usually about 45 minutes. Visitors will see original installations, various displays, and selected aspects of current tile production. Admission fees and operating hours are subject to change. Please call 215.348.6098 to verify.
The 14th annual Moravian Pottery and Tile Works in Doylestown, PA is inviting tile artists off all disciplines to purchase a booth. a 10'x 10' spaces $175 you can get a double booth for $345. 6' tables are available for $10 each.  If interested contact  Vance Koehler at or call 215-348-6002
Fax 215-345-1361
Deadline March 16th Take advantage of this unique opportunity to view historic and contemporary ceramic tiles featured by 50 or more artists, dealers and collectors from around the country. Beautiful and rare examples of handcrafted tiles will be on exhibit and available for purchase. Adult admission is $6, with a free tour of the Tile Works included. Kids are free. Proceeds will benefit the museum's artifact collection and conservation efforts. Please, no pets. Rain or shine.


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Joan Molly Slack 
Riverrun Studio and Tileworks
McNaughton, Wisconsin



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Our hand-made tile at Riverrun offers a range of unique images and designs. Accent tiles, such as those in the "Dancing Trees" series pictures here, are intended to be used as focal points with field tiles, allowing the designer to partake in the arrangement and design. All tiles are of original design, crafted by hand, and glazed with our specialty glazes, with attention to detail and color.


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Joan also specializes in murals and commissioned work, with a focus on landscapes and natural themes. Featured here is an 11 foot mural commissioned by the University of Wisconsin, Kemp Natural Resources Station, depicting the seasonal changes.


A range of tile can be seen on our website or contact Joan at 715-277-4224.

Next Handmade Tile Association Meeting  

Tuesday March 27th       


Where: Clay Earth Studios - Linda Taylor Studio
When -April 24th from 

Where -

16246 Hominy Path
Lakeville, MN 55044

Time - 6- 8:30

Open to all if you can Please RSVP.


Image transfers Demo!  I am currently testing a product I've wanted to try for several years called Pyrofoto.   It is a light sensitive additive for glaze.   If I can complete the test in time, I will share the resuts and demo its application.  If not not, complete (given other commitments), I will present another type of image transfer techinque. 


Food Theme "Make Your Own Gyros" night. People can bring complementary foods or simply something they'd like to share.  (Examples of complementary foods: grilled chicken or other meat, Hummus, Pita or flat bread, Tomatoes, Olives, Hot peppers, Dressing, Tabouli or other salad, Feta cheese, Baklava, etc.   A gas grill will also be available if someone wants to bring something to cook on the grill.)



Directions:  We are about 25 miles south of Downtown Minneapolis at 16246 Hominy Path, Lakeville, MN 55044. Note that there are several similar roads such as Hominy Ct, Harmony Path, etc. so be sure to be looking for Hominy Path.  Questions? Call 612-203-9193 (c)
Take 35 W south... Past 494, Hwy 13 and County Road 42 and where 35E & 35W join.  The next exit is County Road 46. Take this exit and make a left (east).  Cross over 35W and go approximately 2 miles east.  You will  pass Ipava and Lac Lavon roads and come to Highview. There is a traffic light here.  (Note the name on the right (south) side is Highview and on the left(norht) is Gardenview Drive). Make a right (south) onto Highview and then make the next right (Hominy Path).  Continue on Hominy Path approx. 500 yds.  Our home is on the righ.  We have a front porch, big boulder and a fire hydrant in front.  There will likely be several cars including a big black aging pick-up truck on the driveway.


You can also take Cedar Road if you are coming from St. Paul but there is extensive construction. If you come this way expect one lane south of the river.  If you take it all the way, go past Target, Rainbow and Cub foods to 160th st. (This is also County Road 46.) Make a right (west) and go to Highview (approx 2 miles) and make a left (go south). Take the first right for Hominy Path.







josh blanc
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