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Our 14th Year

Welcome to the August 2013 spotlight on Handmade Tile Association artists  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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Mercury Mosaics
Mercedes Austin
Minneapolis, Minnesota 

This year Mercury Mosaics moved into a space almost double the size of their last studio due to high production demands.  Ever-increasing residential and commercial projects keep the MeMo "Tile Elves" busy all hours of the day (and nights and weekends too!).  Here's some of our recent tile work:

 This mural in a Santa Barbara retail storefront, dubbed the "Kaleidoscope" mosaic, took weeks of design work and hundreds of man hours making the mosaic.  It is a striking mural in over 15 tile shapes from our various tile lines in over 30 colors, creating 6 distinct patterns that all fit together perfectly.


This homeowner wanted use our Mod Mosaics but customize them with his own stamps to create texture.  The beautiful variation of the grays and the pops of bright colors make it one beautiful bathroom.


Not all we do is bright and bold.  This historic home in St. Paul needed a new floor for their foyer that would blend well with the Arts & Crafts design of their space.  We used one of our favorite glazes to create an antique tile feel that looks like it was original to the home.

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Mercury Mosaics
Mercedes Austin
 North Prairie Tileworks
Roger L. Mayland
Minneapolis, Minnesota
The photo of the fireplace is an example of tile from the North Prairie gas kiln. The gas kiln is a link to the tile makers of the past.
In addition to producing tiles for kitchen backsplashes, bathrooms and fireplaces around the US and Canada, North Prairie Tileworks has been producing tile for some noteworthy projects. This past month North Prairie Tileworks produced tile for two fireplaces for the Signet Society house on the Harvard University campus. In August, North Prairie completed a historical replication of tiles for four fireplaces in the Kansas State Capital building in Topeka, Kansas.
This bathroom illustrates some of the custom tile and colors produced by North Prairie Tileworks.
Since 1992, North Prairie Tileworks has been producing custom tile including relief and field tile for residential and commercial applications.  North Prairie specializes in the Arts & Crafts designs with an emphasis upon design and glazes. They have over 150 custom glaze colors in their glaze palette that they have developed over the years. They continue to produce new reliefs and glaze colors utilizing both electric and gas reduction kilns. 
The kitchen backsplash consist of the Deco Tulip accent tiles surrounded by 3x6 subway tiles in the NPT Flashy Blue Stone glaze.
North Prairie Tileworks
Roger L. Mayland

2845 Harriet Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55408
Weaver Tile
Scott Weaver
Horton, Michigan


Weaver Tile started in 2000 after spending four winters learning the craft of tile making at Pewabic Pottery in Detroit, Michigan. We are a small tile studio located in southern Michigan. We produce high quality, high fire decorative tiles. As you look at this site you will see that our love of gardening, wildflowers and nature has heavily influenced the tile designs.


Most of our tiles are hand pressed in molds that we make from our original sculpted works. We endeavor to produce high quality, highly detailed stoneware tiles--tiles that will give your home a distinctive and inviting look that you will be proud of for years to come.

Whether you are looking for a custom designed fireplace surround or a decorative accent for your kitchen or bath, we look forward to working with you.



Contact Information 

Weaver Tile
Scott Weaver

12000 Sutfin Road

Horton, MI 49246

(517) 529-4621


As always, please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.




Josh Blanc
Handmade Tile Association.LLC  

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