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14th Year


Welcome to the April 2013 spotlight on Handmade Tile Association artists and tile events from the around the United States.  We feature tile artists every month, plus links and resources (at right) to many of the tile events, gallery shows, and workshops featured around the country.

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Sheryl Tuorila
 Minneapolis Minnesota


 I create unique handmade tiles in my Northeast Minneapolis studio.  With these tiles I design and make contemporary mosaic panels as artwork for homes, businesses, and large-scale public spaces.  The meditative, soothing quality of my artwork works well in a therapeutic setting and can found at Mayo Clinic, Hennepin County Medical Center, Gillette Children's Hospital and Regions Hospital. I also install my designs as kitchen backsplashes, fireplace surrounds, bathrooms and walls.  Custom designed tables, benches and home accessories are also available.  



Commissions are always encouraged and welcomed.



See my work at the American Craft Council Show April 19th-21st,

Booth 1009.


Visit my studio located in the Northrup King Building #403, home to over 100 artists in all mediums.  Join us for the First Thursday of every month open studios from 5-9pm -


.  Stop by during Art-A-Whirl May 17th - 19th, the huge art crawl event in Northeast Minneapolis.  Visit my website - or my Facebook artist page - Sheryl Tuorila Mosaics for information on classes, shows, events and to see step-by-step images of current projects as I work on them.



Contact Information 
Northrup King Building, studio #403 
1500 Jackson St. NE 
Minneapolis, MN 55413 


 Sheryl's Facebook Page  


Ceramic Chinn 
Alex Chinn 
St. Paul, Minnesota 

Alex Chinn makes a wide variety of ceramic products for your work, home, kitchen and garden. The clay work is an extension of the belief that we should all strive to spend our time in environments that nurture and inspire us.
Crab apple by Ceramic Chinn. 8" x 8" frost hardy terracotta and stains.
Hand carved terra cotta tiles focus on images or patterns derived from nature. The tiles are frost hardy  and can be used for interior or exterior applications. Tiles come ready for installation by your tile setter or mounted for wall hanging.
Arts & Crafts House Numbers
Individual number tiles come in three standard sizes: 4", 5" and 6". The hand cut numbers are in an  Arts and Craft font based on work by Dard Hunter while at the Roycroft in New York. Matte green is the standard color with many other colors available for order. Number tiles come with brass screws and rubber washers for mounting. Custom sizes, font choices and multi-number plaques are available.
Fireplace and kitchen field tiles are made to order with many glaze and size choices. This fireplace image  shows field tile made by Ceramic Chinn to compliment detail tiles provided by the client.
Contact Ceramic Chinn to discuss your project ideas and how clay can be part of it.
Contact Information 
Ceramic Chinn
Alex Chinn
St. Paul, MN
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Kathy Mellin Grubbs Mosaics
St. Paul, Minnesota



I am an artist in Saint Paul, MN. My primary focus is Mosaic art. I teach beginning to advanced classes in my studio, and at art galleries in Minnesota and Wisconsin. I am available to teach throughout the United States.


In 2005, while teaching a seminar for home gardeners, Kathy met a mosaic artist and became hooked on a new hands-on hobby that could tie in with artistic features for her gardens. "That was a particularly challenging period of my life and through mosaics I found I could literally pick up the broken pieces and make something beautiful." This became her new motto. Kathy often uses a mix of handmade tile, glass in many forms, tile, beads and found objects in her creations. It is intriguing to see how these works come together. 
This Blues Guitar lives on the East Coast
In 2009 Kathy entered her first mosaic art show and was encouraged when her
entry, "Blues Guitar," was selected as best in show, and the piece sold shortly afterwards. She began teaching at a mosaic studio and at art centers and schools. By 2012 she had installed several large murals at Windom Dual Spanish Immersion School,and had received a small Irrigate grant to create a mural along the City of Saint Paul's Light Rail Line. She opened her own studio, and moved it to a larger space in 2013.  
Mosaic at Windom Spanish Dual Immersion School.
"Mosaic art has taken over my life. My spirit is happiest when I am in the garden, or in my studio," she says. "It has been a long and winding journey, always with art and nature intertwined. I am a very spiritual person, and my art is my meditation and my daily prayer. I love being creative, spreading positive messages, and giving others the opportunity to discover that they have artistic inclinations they may not have known existed. Mosaic art is healing to view and to create." 

Contact Info: 
Kathy Mellin Grubbs  


Cirrelda's Tiles
Clay and illustration = tiles that bring pictures honoring the wild in our lives, to accent sites both inside and out.
Chevrolet 1953
I started learning about clay as a youngster in Tulsa at Philbrook Art Center. In mid and high school and at the University of New Mexico, exploration continued. Bags of clay and tools were moved whenever I moved.
When we settled down in Alameda in 1985, I built an 8x12 foot shed open to the backyard, inspired by "Pot Hollow," the place for clay at Ghost Ranch. Years later I would have my nephew create a sign for it, "Pot Hollow South" when I began to teach clay classes there in earnest: "Cirrelda's clases de clay." 
I have drawn into clay, incorporated texture, utilized combinations of Duncan, Mayco, Amaco, Laguna, Coyote glazes. Inspired by Giorgini's "Handmade Tiles" book in the late 90's, I began transferring my drawings to press forms - plaster at first, then switching to bisque-fired clay for the form. 

In answer to a friend's request to create tiles for her wooden raised garden beds, the drawings for the series "Garden Companions" were started.

Recently, my involvement in a community mosaics project takes up much of my creative time. The "Protect Our Wildlife Corridors Community Mosaic" has a page on Facebook, fyi!

Contact Information
Cirrelda's Tiles
9636 Guadalupe Tr NW
Albuquerque, NM 87114

Next Handmade Tile Association Meeting

6 pm, Tuesday April 23 
Series with the Pros 
Topic: Tiles in architecture
Susan Nackers Ludwig (of Vivo Architecture and Design) and Anne Klemm (LEED Green Association) will give us a presentation and discussion on the collaboration of architects and uses of Handmade Tile in Architecture projects.
Where: At Danish Teak Classics in the Northrup King Building 1500 Jackson ST NE 2nd Floor 



Josh Blanc
 Handmade Tile Association.LLC  

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ACC Show in St. Paul See Three HTA members work.
April 19-21 St. Paul RiverCentre RETAIL SHOW DATES AND HOURS Friday, April 19, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Saturday, April 20, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sunday, April 21, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Minneapolis St.Paul Home Tour April 27th and 28th. 

 See Handmade Tile Association memebers work in three homes. Click here to find out more.

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