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Handmade Tile Association Newsletter


Our 14th Year  



The past month has been a very turbulent month of stress and worry about the status of the MN Tile Festival. At the beginning of July we only had 5 registered artists. We usually have over 20. The HTA board met and set a bench mark of 20 booths sold for the organization to continue the show; otherwise we would need to cancel it.The Tile Festival committee of Josh Blanc, Mercedes Austin and Trebuchet went into overdrive and contacted as many previous vendors as we could connect with, and interviewed those willing to tell us why they would or could not do the show. It was an informative process. 

At the end of July we reached our goal. The board talked it over and and decided to go forward with the event. We have confidence that the vendors signed up are engaged and will have a great show.We still have booth spaces available so don't hesitate to purchase one by August 15th. 

The tile festival committee is still in overdrive mode. We are working with the smaller budget and looking for volunteers to help with the event. Here is the short list of needs...  

1. Helping with communication with vendors
2. Volunteers for the day of the event 
3. Website help (entering new data and images).
Lots of members have not taken advantage of our 5-hour volunteering for a $100 discount in the directory... this is your chance!
If you have questions or concerns please contact Josh - 612-781-6409.
In This Issue
Artists who have Registered for the MN Tile Festival
August 15th Final deadline for Tile Festival Registration
New Handmade Tile Association Website coming soon!.
Tile Festival Registration
Events, Show, New Products, Art, Classes
Welcome New and Renewing Membership
Thank You Volunteers!
Spotlight on Artist Schedule
Artists who have Registered for the MN Tile Festival
Thank you so much to all of the artists who registered to do the tile festival! Below are the artists and links to their websites... take a sneak peek at their work! 
August 15th Final deadline for Tile Festival Registration 
The registration deadline for having a booth at the Minnesota Tile Festival is fast approaching: August 15.  To register for the Minnesota Tile Festival please click this link.

New Handmade Tile Association Website coming soon! 

The new Handmade Tile Association website is being plugged in. We are in need of a volunteer or two to help with the data entry and editing. If you would like to get your 5 hours of volunteering please contact Josh  

and set up a time.    


This is also a great volunteering project for those not local to the Twin Cities to help. You can edit from anywhere in the world. 

Next Meeting
Next meeting will be at the
at 6 pm. This will be a chance for vendors to get a first-hand look at the grounds of the festival. We also will have a diagram of the layout. We will have all of the updates and postcards will be available for pick up.
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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 LinkedIn. 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

Tile Festival Registration
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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, workshops, and gallery shows.

Welcome New and Renewing Membership 

Business Members 

Thanks to our Volunteers!
Lots of opportunities to get your 5 hours in before the start of the directory drive. We will need some people to help us with updating the new site. If you are interested in helping, we are interested in you!  We are willing to pay $12 an hour for service, or trade for advertising. 

Get your 5 hours in and save money on your advertising!

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Spotlight on Artist Schedule
USA MapSpotlight on artists for 2013... 
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.


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

Tile Heritage Foundation logo and link