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Handmade Tile Association Newsletter




Our 16th Year  



Laura McCaul tile

We are looking for nominees for the board of the Handmade Tile Association. The goal is to find up to three new board members for 2016. 


Christine Nelson has told us this will be her last term, which will leave only two board members: 

Jan Hohn and Josh Blanc. 


The goal of our board is to have representation from all sections of our organization: tile makers, mosaic artists, members outside of MN, tile setters and designers. These are the main groups we have always had as part of the make up of the board.


If you would like to nominate yourself or someone else or have questions about being on the HTA Board, please send your nomination or question to the board. They will give you the low down on the duties, term lengths and benefits of serving on the HTA Board. 

In This Issue
Best Use of Local Artisan Materials Competition.
Zanesville Prize for Contemporary Ceramics
Slab rollers, Tile Press, Extruders oh My
Become a Sponsor
Welcome New and Returning Members.
Become a member
Encore Post of the Month
2015 Directory
Award Maker Needed!


Thanks to all of the members who entered the NKBA Local Artisan Materials competition! As part of the NKBA Best Local Artisan Award, the Handmade Tile Association is looking to commission an artist to make an award for this annual event. We have a budget of $80 - $100 this year. 

If you are interested in being the first award tile we offer, please contact the HTA today!

Northern Clay Center Workshop

Members $105 /
Non-Members $120

Jason Bige Burnett: 

Co-sponsored by 

the Handmade Tile Association

Thursday, September 10, 9 am - 5 pm
at Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis

Students will learn an easy method of making silkscreen stencils and will practice transferring preprinted images with slip to decorate leatherhard tiles. 

Sell your work at the Clay Festival Market
Be a part of the 2015 juried CLAYfest Market at the Silver City Clay Festival. Last year's festival attracted close to 2,000 people. They hope to increase attendance via widespread marketing efforts throughout the southwest region with a focus on the Silver City drive markets.
Silver City Festival invites artists and entrepreneurs to offer decorative and utilitarian ceramics and other clay-related items for sale Saturday and Sunday of the CLAY Festival weekend, August 1-2, 2015. 

The CLAYfest Market will be located in the Murray Hotel Ballroom (200 W Broadway St, Silver City, NM 88061).

Deadline:  July 15. 

Click here for more details.  


Looking for Videos of How You Make Tile

Potters Council video on tile making technique
Potters Council video on
tile making techniques

Have you noticed on social media the proliferation of videos? We have at the HTA and we want to get our members and other tile enthusiasts to join in the fun. We are looking for how-to videos as our first series. Have you made a video in your studio of how you make tile? The Handmade Tile Association wants to showcase the variety of techniques and styles that the handmade tile world uses to makes their tile. 

Send your video links to the HTA and we will post the info either on the HTA Facebook page or on the Articles page of the HTA website. Advertise your tile, your work, your studio and help the HTA at the same time.  Thank you!

Become a Sponsor

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 Members
Jay Reese

Business Members

Silkpaint Products

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

2015 Directory
As we pass the half way mark of the year the Handmade Tile Association wants to get all our members stocked up on directories for the summer art fair season, gallery show you are participating in and your studios. As always it is free to get directories shipped to you. Send us a request and we will get them right out to you.

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.

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.