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Our 15th Year

Welcome to the January 2014 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. 

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B.A. Schmidt Arts & Enterprises, Inc
Chicago, Illinois
the Forest Tapestry designed by William Morris in 1887 (the lion)

B.A. Schmidt Arts & Enterprises, Inc. located in Highland Park, Illinois, creates unique handmade porcelain tiles inspired by nature, classic children's illustration and the artists of the Arts & Crafts movement. Every tile is handcrafted by its president and artist, Barbara Schmidt.  The tiles are all in three dimensional relief. 

19th Century tile designed by Willianm de Morgan (the four tile sunflower mandela)

The tiles can be used both indoors or out.  They are perfect for a kitchen or bath, around a fireplace, on a fountain or in a garden wall.  They mix beautifully with a wide variety of stone and commercially available field tiles.  The tiles are available at dealers throughout the country.   In 2010 B.A. Schmidt Arts won the Coverings Select Award for best Artisan Tile.  The tiles are now also available as gifts in handmade quarter sawn oak frames directly from B.A. Schmidt Arts.  Recently, Barbara has been working with Disney on developing tiles for their new theme park in Shanghai, China, opening in 2015.   

inspired by a 1902 illustration by Beatrix Potter for Peter Rabbit
Barbara Schmidt
128 Lincolnwood Rd
Higland Park, IL 60035
Bon Ton Designs
Golden Valley, Minnesota


BonTon Handmade tile has been enjoying some great success recently.  We have created numerous fabulous custom handmade backsplashes and fireplace surrounds. One  of our favorites is a  from a shoot for DIY Network show "I Hate My Bath". 



 Last fall they came to our studio with a small army of light and sound guys to film a short piece on tile we made for the show.  The tile was our "Swerve" and it came out GREAT!  Lots of fun and great exposure for our studio.  Watch for those reruns!


We also completed a really cool project for the Kalahari Resort in the Wisconsin Dells.  They asked us to create a 4x8 tile for their newly renovated (and upscale) steak house at the resort.  We made over 700 4x8 tiles in our awesome Aurora glaze. 
Other new items for us include a new hand painted Cherrie Blossom mural line and new 6x12 large format decos.



We look forward to another great year in 2014!



Contact Information 

Bon Ton Designs 

6960 Madison Avenue

Golden Valley, MN 55427





Mosaic Tileworks
Martha Coursey
Atlanta, Georgia


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Artisan mosaic works can be custom designed or chosen from an assortment of ready to ship pieces. We offer complimentary design services to architects and designers, from concept to finished work and installation. Our designs are suitable for both interior and exterior applications. We specialize in the use of natural, rare and handmade materials. Most works include rare fossils, historical artifacts, semiprecious stones and minerals, handmade porcelain figures, stoneware tile, handmade fused glass, and smalti. Member of the Society of American Mosaic Artists and CMA. 
Out of Earth
Contact Info
 Mosaic tileworks 
Martha Coursey 
3436 Briarcliff Rd NE 
Atlanta, GA 30345 
Did these artists spark your interest for your tile project or tile collection? If so contact them tell them what you like about their work. Sign up for their mailing lists or social media. One of the best ways to support handmade tile is to share your favorite tile artists with friends and colleagues. Be a tile maven and spread the word!     
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Josh Blanc
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