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Our 14th Year

Welcome to the September 2013 spotlight on Handmade Tile Association artists. We feature three tile artists every month, plus links and resources (at right) to many of the tile events, gallery shows, and workshops featured around the country. This months features three artists a the Minnesota Tile Festival. 

The Minnesota Tile Festival is right around the corner. If you love tile you need to be there! To order a half-off coupon, click here. Keep up with all of the artists showing on our facebook page
Enjoy the spotlight.

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Dean Tile & Design
Carol Dean
Langley Washington
 Carol Dean is a one-of-a-kind tile artist. Her work is very distinctive.
When you meet her at the Minnesota Tile Festival you will be charmed by not only her whimsical short story tile work but her warm and entertaining humor. This will be her 3rd trip to represent her work at the Minnesota Tile Festival. She flies in from Seattle and her collectors love her for it. Come visit her booth at the event. 
trees and circus tile series
Dean Tile Studio specializes in the creation of unusual handmade tile, mirror frames, and sinks.We design bathroom, kitchen, fireplaces, floors, wall murals, fountains, and any other type of tile installation.
We are licensed and bonded tile contractors, with 18 years of construction experience, including 8 years working as designer/General Contractor/Builders in Seattle. We can make tile for you (or with you, if you like) for projects inside or outside your home or business.
The studio, which is located on South Whidbey island, is open 5 days a week. Visit us!  


Contact Info
P O Box 454, 
Langley WA, 98260
 (360) 331-1295
 Elfstone Studio
Susan Meyer
Kirkland, Illinois
Last year Susan took home the Most Pic­turesque award at the Minnesota Tile Festival. As you can see from her work, she deserved it. She is back again to showcase and sell some more of her award-winning work. We look forward to seeing (and collecting) her stunning tiles! 
Woodland Scene, stoneware clay mural
Elf­s­tone Stu­dio has become known for dis­tinc­tive hand­made tiles and plaques. The tile-making process begins with bas-relief sculp­ture cre­ated by Susan Meyer. The orig­i­nal sculp­ture designs, inspired by nature, mythol­ogy, and fairy tales, are repro­duced in stoneware and porce­lain to make the fin­ished hand­made tiles.
Herons - porcelain
Elfstone Studios
Susan Meyer

Kirkland, Illinois 60146
Stephanie Kazrowski
Brooklyn Park, Minnesota


Stephanie has shown and sold her work at all 12 Minnesota Tile Festivals. She is a show favorite with her beautiful hand stenciled tile work. Stephanie is one of the nicest people you will ever meet. Stop by her booth and collect some of her newest work. All of them can be used as trivets, wall art and for tile installations. 
Stephanie has been a stencil artist since 1983. After taking a class at the Minnetonka Center for the arts she began stenciling on wood , fabric and walls. The last 15 years she has specialized in stenciling on glazed commercial tiles. Individual tiles can be used as trivets or coasters. Stephanie's work are suitable for interior walls, floors and counter tops. I buy glazed commercial wall and floor tile, hand stencil designs with china paint, then fire the tile again for durability. The over glazes that I use have the look of watercolor.
Designs: Hundreds of stencil designs are available, including realistic images of Minnesota fish, birds, animals, leaves, fruits, and flowers.


Contact Information 

Stephanie Kazrowski
7933 Idaho Ave N


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



Josh Blanc
Handmade Tile Association.LLC  

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