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Handmade Tile Association Newsletter
Minnesota Tile Festival Edition


13th Year  

You are invited to our signature event the Minnesota Tile Festival on September 15th from 10 - 5pm at the American Swedish Institute.
It is a FREE event open to all! Come visit the newly opened American Swedish Institute and Nelson Cultural Center. We have some great surprise happenings that will be going on at this years event. We hope you have saved the date and are planning on attending with friends and family.

Working on a Tile project? If so this is an ideal event to get ideas and talk to tile makers, mosaic artists, tile setters, designer and lots more. Please read below and find out all the juicy details.  
In This Issue
Tile Fashion Show!!!!.
Visit the NEW American Swedish Institute!.
Volunteers Needed
Sneak Peak of the Tile Artists
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Jaque Bethke Speaking at Noon
Susan Frame Talk on Tile Materials 2 pm
North Prairie Tile makes tile mural for American Swedish Institute
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2013 Directory Drives Starts Now...Go!
Welcome New and Renewing Membership
Thank You Volunteers!
Spotlight on Artist Schedule
Tile Fashion Show!!!! 

Our first tile fashion show will be taking place at 1pm on the lawn of the American Swedish Institute. We have 13 fashion designers who have joined us to create fashion with handmade tile.  
Our MC for this event will be none other than Melinda Nelson Editor of Mpls/St.Paul Magazine. You know it is a big deal if an editor of the biggest magazine in the twin cities asks us to be the MC and is taking an active role in the process.  
Join us at 1 pm a seat will be waiting for you in the courtyard.
Becky Watson 
Lacey Aubrecht 
Nicole Larson 
Carmen Ross 
Joyce Cooper 
Natoma Jaiteh 
Lauren Payton - Endorphinz 
Rachel Waddell -R.A.W Designs 
Behtsee Millman Designs 
Sarah Bradley (Sugar Bomb Makeup) 
Autumn Kirchman 
Zoe Fay 
Mary Anderson - Bon Ton Designs 
Visit the NEW American Swedish Institute!

It is a twofer! The 2012 Minnesota tile Festival will be one of the first events to take place at the newly built contemporary addition to the 

New Building and Free Parking!

American Swedish Institute called the Nelson Cultural Center.  The grand opening in June of this space created quite a buzz in the Twin Cities with 9000 people welcoming the new building.  If you haven't seen the space, check it out in person at the Minnesota Tile Festival.


*There is also a wonderful new café restaurant in the ASI addition.  It is named FIKA, a word that means coffee break in Swedish.  The café's food is delicious with seasonal menu items dedicated to local regional ingredients and Swedish tradition including open-faced sandwiches, salads and interpretations of "New Nordic Cuisine."  The new chef is Michael Fitzgerald who has worked at Tilia, Sea Change, Solera and Auriga. Check out the tiles by North Prairie Tileworks.

Volunteers Needed
Being a volunteer is a great chance to meet and hob nob with tile artists. Make new friends.
Volunteers are needed to help out the day of the festival.  If you are able to volunteer for a few hours or all day on September 15 or the evening before, please contact Josh Blanc or Norma Hanlon
If you know of anyone or any groups of people who might like to volunteer, please also contact us. 


Sneak Peak of the Tile Artists

The 2012 line up of of talent comes to us from all over the country. From Florida, Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan Washington, Oregon, California and Minnesota. Click here to get a sneak peak of the tile artists.
Tile Bucks! Two Chances to Win $125

Everyone likes to win money! Well back by popular demand we are offering two tile bucks drawings this year at 12 and 1 pm. 
Jaque Bethke Speaking at Noon
Award winning Interior designer Jaque Bethke of Bethke for PURE Design Environments, inc. will be speaking on how tile enhances your home at Noon in the conference room. It is a can't miss talk on how to use tile in your projects. 



Susan Frame Talk on Tile Materials 2 pm

Susan Frame entrepreneur and artist will be presenting on tile materials and expanding the range of products and ideas one can use with tile. 
Hear her speak at 2 pm in the conference room 


See North Prairie Tile tile mural for American Swedish Institute new restaurant
NPTWhen you are at the show and looking to get your Swedish Meatball fix at the new restaurant FIKA (means coffee break in Swedish) check out the handmade tile commissioned by the American Swedish Institute of Handmade Tile Association member North Prairie Tileworks.  Click here to read the full story. 


Talk to Roger at North Prairie tileworks at their tile festival booth. 


The project will also be featured in Tile Magazine upcoming issue.

In Plain Sight Art receive light rail commission

 Congratulations to Amy Baur and Brian Boldon of In Plain Sight Art Studio (Minneapolis, Minn.) have been selected to produce a work of art in the Carriageway of Union Depot, which will serve as a primary drop off site for those arriving at Union Depot by auto, taxi or accessible transportation services. The artists will use multi-layered digital imagery on ceramic tile and glass to create artwork along the blank 170-foot long wall to welcome the public and engage them in history of the site. ($150,000 commission) 
Visit their booth at the MN Tile Festival and ask them about the project. 
2013 Directory Drives Starts Now...Go!

Advertise your tile products, serices and art in the Handmade Tile Association directory and website. New you can pay online by credit card this year! Click here for more details.
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Handmade Tile Association Meeting


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October 9th       

Handmade Tile Association Meeting      
Where- Continental Clay 
21101 Stinson Blvd 
Minneapolis, MN 55413

6 - 8:30         

Tour of Continental Clay
Review of the Minnesota Tile Festival
HTA directory advertising sign up for 2013
Discussion of ideas for 2013 - Goal setting for 2013 

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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Advertise with the Handmade Tile Association


Welcome New and Renewing Membership 

Super Member

Marie Baron  

Business Members 

Margaret Almon
Eloise Oviatt 
Carol Lake 
Janeway Studio
Janeway Riley

Friend Member
Kathy  Manzella 

become a member of the Handmade Tile Association click here
We need Volunteers!
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.
Get your 5 hours in and save money on your advertising.

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Donate Tiles
Handmade Tile Association Members wanting to donate tiles for the silent auction please send to the
Handmade Tile Association
34 13th Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413

A great way to have your work shown at the MN Tile Festival and donate to the HTA. We need your support. Thank you! 
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.


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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