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Handmade Tile Association Newsletter


Our 14th Year  



Our 2nd meeting, "Series with the Pros", was another wonderful exchange of technical information on tile setting, and dialog with the tile artists. Jan Hohn (of Hohn & Hohn) hosted the meeting. Jan and other tile pros--Joe Kerber (of Kerber Tile and Marble), Kelly Anderson (from Bond Tile), Dave Karp (of Tile Fusion), and Dan Wollman (from Clay Borne Tile)--gave a detailed step-by-step presentation of setting materials and how they are used. 
Here are the main concepts from the meeting that every tile artist, tile maker and mosaic artist should understand... 
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1. Every tile has its own properties (terra cotta, porcelain, glass, etc). There are specific tile adhesives and grouts to use with each type of tile. You can also recommend them to your clients and to tile contractors for them to use.
2. If you had to choose a tile thinset, it should be a Latex/polymer modified Portland Cement Mortar.
3. Mold does not grow on concrete or plaster... it grows on sheetrock paper. X14 mildew stain remover is the best to get rid of mold.
4. Stay away from organic adhesives or what are commonly called mastics. These are typically premixed. 
5. Grout: The grout to use is a polymer-modified grout, either sanded or unsanded. Most handmade tile needs sanded grout. The most versatile grout on the market currently is Power Grout.

6. We asked if there was something tile makers could do to help tile setters with their end of the tile installation. They answered, make tiles modular so they fit all together and the grout lines line up.

We would like to thank the tile setters of the Handmade Tile Association. They have committed to our group, and helped us complete the circle. They make sure the tiles we make are installed with professionalism and with the same care as we take in making the tiles. 

Joe Kerber, Jan Hohn, Dan Wollman, Dave Karp and Kelly Anderson


Jan Hohn (of Hohn & Hohn) hosted the meeting, along with Joe Kerber (Kerber Tile and Marble), Kelly Anderson (Bond Tile), Dave Karp (Tile Fusion), and Dan Wollman (Clay Borne Tile). Other attendees included 

Rebecca Rayman, Kirsten Walstead, Sephanie Kaczrowski, Sheryl VanderPol, Kathy Grubbs, Leann Johnson, Alex Chinn, Lisa Trnka, Denise Bauer, and Josh Blanc.

In This Issue
2013 American Mosaic Summit
2013 Minneapolis & Saint Paul Home Tour
Trend Report: Artisan tile
American Craft Council St. Paul Show
Coverings 2013..
Tile Festival Registration
Events, Show, New Products, Art, Classes,
Welcome New and Renewing Membership
Thank You Volunteers!
Spotlight on Artist Schedule
2013 American Mosaic Summit :

Mosaic Arts International 2013
The Society of American Mosaic Artists
presents the juried exhibition:
Eleventh Annual 
Mosaic Arts International 2013
January 26 - May 5, 2013
In Seattle

2013 American Mosaic Summit  
April 9-14, 2013

Hotel Murano and Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center

2013 Minneapolis & Saint Paul Home Tour
  • Saturday, April 27, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 28, 1 to 5 p.m. 
The Minneapolis & Saint Paul Home Tour is one of the best opportunities for tile makers to show their craft to the perfect audience: home owners who want quality features in their home.

Every year we can think of, Handmade Tile Association members have had work featured in at least one home... usually in many. This year is no exception. Christine Nelson Design has a home on the tour, and Clay Squared has two homes with tiles featured.
Historic Victorian Fireplace on the Minneapolis/St.Paul Home Tor

A historic tile fireplace was preserved in a home in St. Paul, and is the 
highlight of the home.  

Working with Margo Ashmore (the organizer of the home tour) we have traded advertising in the HTA directory for their publication. As part of the trade, we are able to have Handmade Tile Association directories available to be handed out at the homes where handmade tiles are featured. We are very pleased to have this relationship with Margo's organization. They do a stellar job showcasing amazing homes of people who care deeply about the original character of their homes.

Events like this are where the public and the design field develops their taste for unique homes.

Trend Report: Artisan tile

tile magazine Take a look at a well-done article by Jennifer Adams in Tile Magazine (a national tile magazine)... it featured five of the Handmade Tile Association members. Josh Blanc, President of the HTA, was interviewed about the trends of handmade tile and the effect the group is having on tile as a whole. "Americans who want one-of-a-kind or custom work have been able to find tile artists online," he said. "And, the access to beautiful design and quality work has propelled the popularity of commissions and direct sales."

Original Tile Mission, a new advertiser in the HTA directory, was also interviewed. Working in cement tiles, he states "Cement tile is an old 'new covering' material for the U.S. market. Not all architects and designers know about this great material, but when they have the experience to work with cement tiles, they fall in love with them thanks to the great flexibility to create any architectural design and style - from classic to contemporary - and it provides their personal signature."

American Craft Council St. Paul Show
Suzanne Crane Fine Stoneware


Two Handmade Tile Association Members will be featured in the American Crafts Council Show in St. Paul. 

Suzanne Crane Fine Stoneware 
Booth: 600 
Kirsten Walstead
Somi Tileworks 
Booth: 308



St. Paul RiverCentre is at 175 W. Kellogg Blvd.



$12 one-day pass

$20 three-day pass

FREE American Craft Council members, children 12 and under

Coverings 2013
Coverings 2013 is taking place April 29-May 2 at the 
Georgia World Congress Center (Halls B & C)
Atlanta, Georgia, 

When you go stop by and talk to Joe and Sheila from the Tile Heritage Foundation. They will be making a presentation "The American Tile Industry: From its 19th Century Roots to the Present and Beyond." Monday, April 29th.

Visit the Tile Council of North AmericaPick up a free hot dog for lunch and talk tile! Many Handmade Tile Association members have shown their work and have attended over the years to see how the world makes tiles. Here is what we recommend visiting.
Art Tile Village
The Art Tile Village is a popular destination at Coverings year after year. It is located in the Tile Council of North America Pavilion. This space is dedicated to artisans who keep old world traditions alive by crafting handmade art and specialty tiles. Stop by and discover one-of-a-kind decorative tiles and accents that will give any project that distinctive and unique touch. Additionally, while visiting the Art Tile Village, be sure to drop by the Art Tile Courtyard to enjoy beautifully decorated tiled benches provided by Tile Council members.
Handmade Tile Association Meeting
Find out what architects and designers are looking for when they are searching for tile. 


Tuesday April 23rd
Time: 6 pm to 8 pm
Series with the Pros Topic: Architecture  

Three architects and designers will give us a presentation and discussion on the colaboration of architects and uses of Handmade Tile in Architecture projects.

Susan Nackers Ludwig, Assoc. AIA 
Owner of LNA Architecture and Design 

Ashley Mitlyng, AIA 
Lead Architect at Kuhl Design Build 

Anne Klemm 
Interior Designer at Danish Teak Classics   


Where: Danish Teak Classics
Northrup King Building 
1500 Jackson Street 
Suite 277 
Minneapolis, MN 55413 


Pot Luck


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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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Pebble Tile Shop
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Deadline for Entry: April 30, 2013
Date of Exhibition: August 2-3-4, 2013
Location of Exhibition: Silver City, New Mexico
Juror: Christy Johnson, Director of the American Museum of Ceramic Art (AMOCA)


First Place: $1000.00
Second Place: $750.00
Third Place: $500.00
Tile Heritage Prize: $200.00

Thanks to our Volunteers!
We want to thank our membership team of Katie Thompson, and Bethany Whitehead, who is working on membership renewal packets. 
We are about to start working on our new website. We will need some people to help us with updating the new site. If you are still interested in helping, we are interested in you!  We are willing to pay $12 an hour for service, or trade for advertising. 

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Spotlight on Artist Schedule
USA MapSpotlight on artists for 2012... 
If you are next,
gather any new images, information or news you would like to be highlighted. Send them to the HTA by the first of your month.

Sheryl Tuorila
Ceramic Chinn
La Alameda Press
Kathleen Mellin Grubbs LLC
SOMI Tileworks
Sight Line Tile
Lea-Way Designs, LLC
Pasadena Craftsman Tile
Earth Wood and Fire
Deb LeAir
Stone Hollow Tile
Untapped Resource Inc.
Suzanne Crane Fine Stoneware
North Prarie Tile
weaver tile
Mercury Mosaics
Dean Tile
Elfstone Studio
Stephanie Kaczrowski
Tile Restoration Center
Timeless Tiles
Status Ceramics
Copper Swan Studio
Pewabic Pottery
Clay Earth Studios
David Aichinger Tile Co.
Our Creative
House on the Hill

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