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Handmade Tile Association Newsletter




Our 16th Year  



We had our 2nd meeting of the year at Natural Built Home. Amy Hinck gave us a wonderful tour of the space and showcased all of the green products they offer. Natural Built Home has been very focused on carrying local vendors and artists as part of their services and products. 


In This Issue
Twin Cities Bungalow Club Home Tour
Ways to Avoid the Warp
Best Use of Local Artisan Materials Competition.
Tile Person of the Year winner
Mesh Mounting
Become a Sponsor
Welcome New and Returning Members.
Become a member
Encore Post of the Month
2015 Directory
Twin Cities Bungalow Club Home Tour 


The Annual Bungalow Home Tour is this Saturday, 10am to 5pm.

Visit their website for details:

The tour is free for Twin City Bungalow Club members and only $5 each, for everyone else.
The weather forecast looks good, so let the fish swim for another day and take Mom on the tour instead!
Ways to Avoid the Warp

We have been asking for members to submit How-To
projects for the newsletter. This month Ravenstone Tiles has an article addressing "Ways to Avoid the Warp." We have a few other submissions that will be posted on Facebook this coming month too.
Best Use of Local
Artisan Materials Competition


For the past four years, the Handmade Tile Association has  lobbied the MN Chapter of the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) to add handmade tile as a category to their annual Best of Awards Celebration. This year they accepted our idea!  


Please consider submitting your handmade tile to this competition.  This is an important opportunity for all of us!


New Category H

"Best Use of Local Artisan Materials"


"Local Artisan Materials" is defined as any one-of-a-kind product or material in a kitchen or bath design that was handcrafted, designed or sourced with materials and/or crafts from the state of Minnesota. This could include: handmade tile or other ceramics, custom glass work, custom metal work, custom cabinetry or other woodwork/materials made from local materials/artisans.


Consideration for this NEW category will require the following:

  • A complete design statement,  300 words or less,  emphasizing in detail, how the project came to utilize the Local Artisan Material and the process that was followed to procure the Artisan Material.
  • If appropriate, a complete set of BEFORE and AFTER plans and elevations should be included, along with BEFORE and/or AFTER photography to convey the final project.  (See pages 10-13 of this document/pdf for details on required documents). If a complete set of plans and elevations were not used for the Artisan Material, please submit the sketches, working drawings, photos of design concept boards, or photos of the custom piece(s) that were used to convey the custom item(s) to the end user.
  • If appropriate, a set of the final drawings for production of the specific Local Artisan Material(s) are also strongly suggested, but not required.
  • The name and complete address of the Local Artisan Craftsperson or Material Supplier must also be included with this submission.
  • Each entrants must be individual NKBA MN member or an employee of an NKBA MN member firm in good standing as of June 2015.
  • Projects submitted must have been completed between June 1, 2013 and June 1, 2015.
Tile Person of the Year Winner

Jan Hohn &  
Dan Welch, NTCA Chairman 

Handmade Tile Association Board Member, and amazing tile contractor, Jan Hohn was recognized nationally for her work at Coverings this past month. The National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA), the world's largest tile contractor association, recognized industry leaders at its Third Annual Awards Ceremony during Coverings 2015 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.


The NTCA'S 2014 Tile Person of the Year Award was presented to Jan Hohn of Hohn & Hohn in St. Paul, Minnesota. Hohn is the third woman to receive this award during the six decades it has been presented. For more than 20 years, Hohn has worked as a one-person, high-end residential tile and stone installation company.


Also honored was Eric Astrachan, executive director of the Tile Council of North America (TCNA), who received the Joe A. Tarver Lifetime Achievement Award, offered to a leader in the tile and stone industry who dedicates his or her career to advancing the trade.


Congratulations Jan! We all knew you were amazing. Now the whole tile world knows it!  Thank you, Eric, for your long term efforts on behalf of the tile industry!   


Mesh Mounting...We need your story!
Do you Mesh Mount or Face Mount?  Why?

We want your story. Why do you use meshing instead of on-site installation? Do you have suggestions to make either process easier? Send your article to the HTA and we will post the info either on the HTA Facebook page or on the Articles page of the HTA website.

Become a Sponsor

B.A. Schmidt Art
The Handmade Tile Association has many services and products to offer its members. We have developed a sponsorship list of opportunities for you to financially support specific programs we produce.

Sponsorship levels:

Artist Sponsor: $400  Sponsors multiple artists. 
Newsletter Sponsor: $500 
Spotlight on Artist: $500 
Handmade Tile Association Website Sponsor: $1000
Directory Sponsor: $1000
Social Media Sponsor: $300  
Click here to read the all the specifics.  Sponsorship is a great way to give back and to help emerging artists get started.  Become a patron of the arts today!

Josh Blanc
Handmade Tile Association, LLC
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Welcome New and Returning Members
Super Friends
Valerie Miller
Jeanie Daves Pottery

Business Members
Martin's Tile and Stone
Nutmeg Designs

Friend Member
Caron Bell

Become a member
Renew your membership

Your membership is an important to help pay for the newsletter, events and behind the scenes planning.
Click here to become a member.

Encore Post of the Month
Clare Dohna mosaic egg.
In memory of a 12 year old girl who is now an angel...

2015 Directory

Click here to order your copy
Spotlight on Artist Calendar
If you are next, gather your images, information or news you
would like to be highlighted. Send them
to the HTA by the first of your month.

Clay Squared to Infinity - May
Lea-Way Designs - May
Ceramic Chinn - June
Deb LeAir - June
Bantam Tileworks - July
Bon Ton Designs - July
SoMi Tileworks - August
Native Tile & Ceramics - August
North Prairie Tile. Inc - September
Hohn & Hohn - September
Tile Restoration Center- Ocotober
La Alameda Press - October
House on the Hill - November
Stone Hollow Tile - November

Their is still room left for more spotlights. Only $35 for your feature. Click here to sign up.