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Our 15th Year  


Believe it or not, it is time to get ready to create the 2015 issue of the Handmade Tile Association Directory. This will be our 16th annual directory. The directory has been a major promotional force in creating awareness of tile artists and makers around the country. We have heard of many success stories of artists making connections with tile seekers. But don't take our word for it! Below is a testimonial from Joe Taylor, of the Tile Heritage Foundation.


Being artists, we are forever seeking ways to promote ourselves and to interest others in our work. To reach and convince potential buyers is an ongoing challenge. The annual directory of the Handmade Tile Association serves as an ideal promotional tool for tile and mosaic artists to present their artwork in full color beyond their studios, showrooms and galleries to an increasingly national audience of architects and designers, those who specify materials for both commercial and residential use. The concentration of ceramic, glass and mosaic art in the HTA Directory makes it a primary choice for those seeking inspiration and a specific product to choose. The fact that it's free and distributed nationally with consistency every year has established the HTA Directory as a most reliable and invaluable resource and guide. Most importantly, the directory provides a means for us to invest in ourselves. What we can't do alone, as a group through the far reach of the HTA, we can do together!


Joseph A. Taylor


Tile Heritage Foundation

Start thinking about your newest tiles and tile projects to use in the directory. Click here to review and purchase your ad space for the 2015 directory. If you are not ready to purchase please email us a RSVP and we will send you an invoice to pay from. Deadline is October 15th, 2014. 


In This Issue
Forrest Lesch-Middelton workshop. Exhibition at the Holter Museum of Art
Architectural Ceramics Workshop
Tile Heritage Foundation chooses HTA member to join their board
Spotlight on Artist Schedule
Encore Post of the Month
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2014 Directory
Forrest Lesch-Middelton Workshop




Forrest Lesch-Middelton Workshop

Thursday, September 11, 10 am - 4 pm
At the Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, MN

Forrest's work ranges from complex vessels to intricate tile murals, many featuring image transfer designs inspired by nature. In this one-day workshop, the artist will discuss his approach to making, as well as teach the image transfer process. NCC will provide leather-hard pieces for practice and all required materials. You may choose to bring any favorite tools, but be sure to bring a notebook and a sense of adventure. Presented in partnership with the Handmade Tile Association.

$100 / $90 for NCC Members*, Tile Association Members, students, and educators.   

>>Click here to reserve your space in the workshop.


Architectural Ceramics Workshop

Attend a five-day intensive Architectural Ceramics Workshop in October with Peter King and Xinia Marin of StoneHaus in Pensacola, FL. Limited space available; reserve yours today. 
Tile Heritage Foundation chooses HTA member to join their board

Josh Blanc making tile. Photo by Sarah Whiting
Josh Blanc, of Clay Squared to Infinity & founder of The Handmade Tile Association, (Minneapolis MN) has joined the Tile Heritage Foundation Board of Directors. Josh was invited to join the THF board earlier in the summer. When he asked why they had singled him out and extended the invitation they said: 
  "All of our current board members appreciate your fundamental nature of sharing and desiring to share information and ideas. You already have a core understanding of the mission of THF: protecting historic tiles and history as well as a rooted sense of place and validation for contemporary tiles. You live and breath that with your own studio work and your tireless work with the HTA. In addition, you have a great sense of humor, an essential attribute in this world of too much 'seriousness!' You get things done, you are relaxed, you understand and use social media and you are simpatico with others. You represent all of the things an organization like Tile Heritage would want in a board member."
   Tile Heritage Foundation currently has a board of five active members. Josh takes the seat of Irene de Watteville, a long time board member (16 years) who has retired. Irene will remain as a Board Member Emeritus (non-voting.) We are most grateful for her long service, exceptional, continued financial support and deep interest in the Foundation's Archiving project into the future. Josh joins Riley Doty, Katia McGuirk, Joseph Taylor & Sheila Menzies as active board members of the Tile Heritage Foundation.

Josh Blanc
Handmade Tile Association, LLC
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Spotlight on artists for 2014... 
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gather any new images, information or news you would like to be highlighted. Send them to the HTA by the first of your month.

Ceramic ChinnAugust
House on the Hillaugust
Hohn & HohnAugust
Belvedere Art TileSeptember
North Prairie Tile September
Syzygy TileworksSeptember
Fay Jones DayOctober
Martha Coursey Mosaic Tile WorksOctober
Tile Restoration CenterOctober
Pewabic PotteryNovember
Untapped ResourceNovember

Encore Post of the Month
We are recognizing our highest liked post of the month on our Facebook page. Send us your best and see if you can win this prestigious honor
Tree of Life mosaic by Mercury Mosaics

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2014 Directory
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