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Welcome to the August 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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Hohn & Hohn, Inc.   
Jan Hohn
St Paul, Minnesota

Simply put, Jan Hohn is passionate about tile. With 23 years of experience in the industry, she has a thorough understanding of what a quality installation requires above, and below, the tiled surface. Her technical expertise, honed skills and artisan eye for detail have helped Jan become a leader in her field, and she loves to share this passion with her clients. 

Jan is highly sought-after as an installer of handmade tile. Handmade installations present specific challenges, both in design and implementation, and are often individually crafted to suit her client's desires.  Click here to see finished bathrooms, kitchens and hearths

For example, handmade tile has completely transformed what was once a typical 5' x 8' suburban bathroom, above. All of the tiles were individually created to fit the space, and the arch was added to the tub surround, per the client's request.

The floor tiles were randomly set, showcasing the five vivid colors, creating a truly one-of-a-kind bathroom floor.

Jan both designed and installed the hearth pictured above. Here, handmade tile replaced her client's mundane black granite fireplace surround. The tile was designed to tie into the room and its furnishings. This hearth showcases the versatility of handmade tile, as in the 1" x 1" squares that are used to border the firebox and in the clipped corner accents. Of course, the center Art Deco piece is icing on the cake!

Located in St. Paul, Minnesota, Hohn & Hohn, Inc. is an award-winning custom tile and stone contractor with more than 85 years of combined experience. Jan's three employees all share her artistic vision, skill and appreciation for the inherent opportunities presented by handmade tile. Beyond both machine made and handmade tile installations, Hohn and Hohn, Inc. offers project design and consultation services, and also specializes in antique tile and stone restoration.
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Hohn & Hohn, Inc. 
1190 Summit Avenue
St Paul, MN 

Ceramic Chinn   
Alex Chinn 
St Paul, Minnesota


Alex Chinn makes a wide variety of ceramic products for your home and garden. Clay, glaze and firing methods are selected to match the specific project needs. Work includes wheel-thrown dinnerware, hand-built vessels, baking stones, planting ring root barriers, hand-carved detail tiles and custom cut and glazed field tiles.

Alex teaches ongoing clay classes at the White Bear Center for the Arts, in White Bear, MN.  The next class series is Clay in the Morning on Wednesdays, September through November, focusing on either wheel or handbuilding techniques.
Arts & Crafts multi-number tile installation 
Individual number tiles come in three standard sizes: 4 inch, 5 inch and 6 inch. The hand-cut numbers are in an Arts & Craft font which is based on work by Dard Hunter while at the Roycroft in New York. Matte green is the standard color although many other colors are available for order. Number tiles come with brass screws and rubber washers for mounting. Custom sizes, font choices and multi-number plaques are available.
Crab Apple Tile 8" x 8" - hand carved and stained 
Hand-carved terra cotta tiles are frost hardy and can be used for interior or exterior applications. Tiles come ready for installation by your tile setter or can be mounted for wall hanging.
Alex Chinn at the Handmade Tile Festival 2013
Fireplace and kitchen field tiles are made to order with many glaze and size choices. Projects are often custom job specific designs.

Contact Ceramic Chinn to discuss your project ideas and how clay can be part of it.

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Ceramic Chinn - Alex Chinn 
St Paul, MN
Facebook:  Ceramic Chinn  
Eastwood Gallery
Northern Clay Center - Chinn's Studio
Clay Squared to Infinity  

 House on the Hill Studio    
Martha Coursey
Atlanta, Georgia

Martha Coursey received a Master in Mosaics from Orsoni Mosaic School. She is a graduate of Emory University where she received a B.A. in Art History and a Master of Librarianship degree (MLN).  For twenty years, Martha Coursey and House on the Hill Studio have been designing and producing hand painted ceramic tiles.
"Lobster" mural 24 x 18 inches
This lobster mural was installed in a backsplash under a range hood as a striking focal point.  Click here to see the installation.
"Whimsical Fish" mural 24 x 18 inches plus top border
Martha's website is a virtual goldmine of mural art.  For the sportsman, there are birds in the field, in trees and in water, fly-fishing and fish of all types, wolf, bear and elk.  For the Old World lover, there are images of English birds and animals, old-time golfers and hunting scenes and images of old Provence.

The brightly colored Whimsical Fish are in a section called "Marine Series.  Note how border tiles are included in most of the groupings, making it easy to mix and match tiles to fit any layout scheme. 
Martha in front of a one-of-a-kind shower installation
Martha has a second website, Mosaic Tile Works, with images of installations, as well as smaller mosaics that are available for purchase.  The Installations page has several projects that invite the eye to linger, especially the room with the landscape window made completely out of tile.  Anything seems possible after seeing these completed projects.

House on the Hill's tiles are available on ceramic with a choice of backgrounds: white, bisque or bone. They are also available on handmade or commercial grade tile, or on tumbled marble. The designs may also be put on customer-supplied tiles.  House on the Hill can work with you to match colors; they can also modify these designs to fit your needs. Finally, House on the Hill Studio is always available for custom designs.

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House on the Hill Studio - Mosaic Tile Works
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 to let them know what you like about their work. Sign up for their mailing lists and/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 help spread the word!     

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Josh Blanc
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