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Our 16th Year

Welcome to the September 2015 spotlight on Handmade Tile Association artists. We feature two to 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

Hohn & Hohn, Inc. has excelled in tile installations for over twenty-five years. Jan Hohn is passionate about tile and the seemingly limitless choices it offers.  She is sensitive to historic tile restoration and/or replacement, keeps abreast of innovation in the tile industry and willingly works with clients, designers, contractors, and architects to achieve the installation each client desires.   
Kitchen Backsplash, tiles from North Prairie Tileworks 
Hohn & Hohn is an award winning tile installer. Most recently, Jan was honored to earn the 2015 National Tile Contractors Association's "Tile Person of the Year award," making her the first woman contractor to ever win this title.

Hohn & Hohn has also won the prestigious NTCA TileLetter Grand Prize for Residential Installation in 2011. Additional winning installations were awarded in 2004 & 2010.  Hohn & Hohn was designated as a NTCA Five Star Contractor in 2011, as well as employing certified tile installers.  

In 2014 Hohn & Hohn completed the installation of the St Paul Union Depot mural "Trainscape," by In Plain Sight.  Jan addresses the issues of balancing hands-on work with the needs of a growing company in a frank interview for the Pioneer Press in 2013: "Tile Contractor Jan Hohn Finds Herself at a Crossroad."

Jan is very active on the national level.  She's on the NTCA Technical Committee and the NTCA Methods & Standards Committee and chairs the  NTCA Training & Education Committee. She is also a board member of the Handmade Tile Association.  

Kitchen Back Splash featuring Potek Glass

Need ideas for your own project?  Check out Hohn & Hohn's Facebook Photo Albums, by category, for multiple finished projects.  More details on services available are found on their website:  Hohn&

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Hohn & Hohn, Inc.
Jan Hohn 1190 Summit Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55105

North Prairie Tileworks, Inc.    
Roger Mayland
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Since 1992, North Prairie Tileworks has been producing custom tile including relief and field tile for residential and commercial applications.  North Prairie specializes in Arts & Crafts designs with an emphasis upon design and glazes. They have over 150 custom glaze colors in their palette that they have developed over the years. They continue to produce new relief tiles and glaze colors utilizing both electric and gas reduction kilns.

Kitchen back splash in Crocus Hill neighborhood, St Paul 

Custom, hand-painted/glazed North Prairie "Deco Tulips" are the centerpiece of this 3" x 6" back splash glazed with #503 Flashy Blue Stone.

Fireplace in Lake Harriet neighborhood, Minneapolis 

This fireplace is made up of 3" x 6" field tiles glazed in NPT #320 Matte Green with custom made 3" x 14" tiles flaring over the opening. The accent tiles on either side are custom made 4" x 12" "Prairie Blossom" tiles designed and created for this fireplace.

Bathroom in Bryn Mawr neighborhood of Minneapolis 

This bathroom is made up of 4" x 4" field tiles glazed in #349 Moss Green, which results in a wide degree of variation. The three vertical accent tiles are custom glazed 4" x 16" NPT "Nouveau Tulips."

To see the designers making and glazing tile at North Prairie, check out this short video by Thomas Stand, Videographer:  For a custom design of your own, you could start by checking out their Custom Design page for ideas or view the North Prairie Tileworks Catalog (PDF) online. If you have a custom project in mind, call North Prairie Tileworks to get your vision started. 

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North Prairie Tileworks, Inc.
Roger Mayland
845 Harriet Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55408
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