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Handmade Tile Association Newsletter


13th Year  



Over the past years many more high quality photos of handmade tile installation have been sent to the Handmade Tile Association to be printed in the directory, the spotlight on artists and for social media. This is very important to the success of artisan made products that the society believes it is normal, common, regular and expected to have in their homes and businesses.  The more tile artists will be able to grow their businesses and have a bigger impact on design around the United States.

5 Hours buttonAs the handmade tile field moves forward photography needs to be an artist best friend. For many tile artists they make their tiles in their studio and lots of times do not get to see the final installation. If you do get the opportunity make sure to hire a photographer to come and get a variety of photos for your portfolio.  
Professional photography is not as expensive as many people think. Photographers can range in price depending on they experience. Photographers are no different than other artists in the fact that some take photos of people others of objects and others of spaces. Finding a photographer who captures your work just right is a relationship building experience and once you get the right system you will build a great portfolio that will be worth every penny you invested into in. 

bad photography good photographyPhotography can range in price from hourly rates of $50 to $200 per hour. Some photographers charge per project. One can expect 2 to 4 hours for a quality photo shoot of an installation. If you are just starting out looking for a student photographer can be a bargain for both of you and maybe build into a long term relationship. Established photographers will save you time but you will pay more for an hourly rate. Either way once you have great photos your website looks better, you will get more responses on your social media, your printed material will stand out more all leading to building your brand of artwork. You will impress designers and architects with your work. Beyond buying the right equipment to make your work photography is essential to building an artists name. 
As the 2013 Handmade Tile Association directory drive comes closer consider getting a hold of past clients to get those great photos and submit them for next years directory. 
In This Issue
Minnesota Tile Festival
Be a handmade tile ambassador
Phipps Center for Arts Call for Exhibits
New location for Artisan Tile Northwest Tile Festival
Welcome New and Renewing Membership
Thank You Volunteers!
Spotlight on Artist Schedule
Minnesota Tile Festival
Events, Show, New Products, Art, Classes,
Minnesota Tile Festival registration ends August 15th
The MN Tile Festival registration ends in just over a month. We have a few spaces left. This event keeps growing in national presence. Last year we had visitors from as far away as California and all over the country. This tile event is where many artists refine their displays, get feed back from the public and the trades about their work. Meet and see other tile artists to see what is new. Don't miss out on this opportunity to get your tile in front of a growing tile community.
We are looking for tile and mosaic artists, designers, tile showrooms, tile setters, tile tool makers, frame makers and other tile related vendors. The MN Tile Festival is about educating the public on the resources available. Your presence is essential to continuing to broaden the knowledge of how handmade tile is used.  
 The HTA is working and looking to find artists or members who have tents they would be willing to loan to interested artists so they can show. If you have a tent and want to help please contact Josh and we will link artists up with your tent for the show.  


New this year we are offering a Free extra 5'x 10'  foot space to any artist that wants to show a tile process. Example include mold making, glaze technique, stamping clay, mesh mounting, etc. What ever you can do to showcase that we make the tiles right here in the United States in your own studio. We believe this will be a great talking point and sales tool to showcase your work.     
Marketing Info by Trebuchet Communications

Text or Talk?

According to a recent survey by Pew Research Center's

Internet & American Life Project, a slight majority of 
Americans--53 percent, to be exact--prefer a voice call to a text message. But 31 percent of cellphone users would rather get a text.


The remaining 14 percent say their talk vs. text preference

depends on the situation.


The mobile phone has become a pervasive communications

tool in our daily lives. Eighty-three percent of U.S. adults own

cell phones, and three-quarters of them (73 percent) send and

receive texts.


Young adults between the ages of 18 and 24 are the most

enthusiastic texters, exchanging an average of 109.5 messages

a day, or 3,200 texts per month, the survey found.


The average cellphone user makes or receives an average of 12

calls per day, while text-messaging users exchange an average

of 41.5 messages per day.


The best question to ask yourself is...what would my clients do?

And...proceed accordingly.


By Lisa Trnka of Trebuchet Communication.


Phipps Center for Arts Call for Exhibits
5 Hours buttonWe Seek a Diversity of Artistic Voices
for individual, two-person, and group exhibitions.  

The Phipps is currently accepting submissions for exhibit in our 6 spacious galleries 2014 - 2015, and for exhibit in the off-site Healing Arts and Enriching Arts Programs 2013 - 2014.
Located in downtown Hudson, Wisconsin, The Phipps Center for the Arts presents professional visual arts and music programming, theater and dance to audiences drawn from the Twin Cities area, Western Wisconsin and beyond. 

Submission deadline: September 1, 2012 for submission info.715.386.2305 


New location for Artisan Tile Northwest Tile Festival.
Artisan Tile Northwest fall tile festival will be held NOVEMBER 2ND AND 3RD, 2012 at the Center for Urban  Horticulture.

Beautiful new location, great  staff, plenty of free parking  and lots of amenities. We will have room for plenty vendors, workshops, multimedia displays and outdoor settings for garden art.  Mark Your Calendars - dont miss out! If you would like to get a booth contact
(206) 633-4866 
Click here for more details 



Handmade Tile Association Meeting


5 Hours buttonAugust  29th              
Handmade Tile Association Meeting  
6 - 8:30pm    
Where- American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Ave 
Minneapolis, MN 55407

Tour the Minnesota Tile Festival space before the show 

Pot Luck!


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
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Classes and Workshop Link

Gallery Show Link

Things to Know About Link

Welcome New and Renewing Membership 
Super Member
Jean Daves Pottery
Jean Daves
Business Members 
Claudia Riedener 
Thank You Volunteers!
Thanks to our 5 hour volunteers for the Month of June

 Wendy Penta


Wendy created the HTA history book for 2011 documented  what the members accomplishments and collecting information on all the events and happenings of the Handmade Tile Association.


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We are looking for volunteers for the MN Tile Festival  and the Arts & Crafts show both in September. Contact the HTA if you can help.

Spotlight on Artist Schedule
USA MapSpotlight on artists for 2012. 
If you are next 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.

Margy Jean Balwierz
Untapped Resource Inc.
Suzanne Crane Fine Stoneware
Stephanie Kaczrowski
Dovetail Art & Antiques


North Prarie Tile
weaver tile
Mercury Mosaics
Edina Art Center


Barbara Schmidt
Stone Hollow Tile
Lea-Way Designs, LLC
David Aichinger Tile Co.
American Restoration Tile

Tile Restoration Center
Red Step Studio
Dean Tile
Status Ceramics

Alma Artisan
Pewabic Pottery
La Alameda Press
Thomas Kent Collection
Institute of Mosaic Art

Desert Rise Stone Distr.
Clay Earth Studios
Ceramic Chinn
Hohn and Hohn Inc

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Tile Heritage Foundation logo and link


Minnesota Tile Festival
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Register to have a booth at the 2012 MN Tile Festival. Click here for more details.
Events, Show, New Products, Art, Classes, etc!
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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, click here to send your info 

We are looking for more events to post. Please send us your classes and workshops, and gallery shows. 

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.


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