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Welcome to the October 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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Cirrelda's Clases de Clay
Cirrelda Snider-Bryan
Albuquerque, NM

Cirrelda Snider-Bryan is a Natural History Museum Educator in addition to being a clay tile artist. She coordinates two programs at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science in Albuquerque, one of which is The Kiwanis Learning Garden.  A grant is in the works for a class to allow children to make mosaics of animals that exist in harmony with plants for next summer.  

3" x 4.5" Ochre Clay, Mayco glaze House Numbers 

Cirrelda received her first two international orders of house numbers (to Alberta, Canada and Edinburgh, Scotland) during the past year.  She sells most of her tiles through her Etsy shop
You can also see her house numbers and other tiles on her blog website:

Images of Cirrelda's tiles in process for the New Mexico Literary Arts Gratitude Awards can be found on her November 2014 blog at  Cirrelda has been honored to make these award tiles for six years now and loves doing them.

Cirrelda participated in a mosaic show in 2014 called "Faces of the Whole," addressing the concepts of Land Ethics, the Web of Life and the Bosque.

 Cirrelda works with Protect Our Wildlife Corridors Community Mosaics. She has done several clay murals at schools and with schools.  Above is an image from a Facebook page covering the installation at the Placitas Recycling Center

Cirrelda Snider-Bryan is also a member of a new organization, Mosaic New Mexico.  She is looking forward to participating in its upcoming 2016 show at the Matrix Fine Art Gallery next summer.

- Contact Info -
Cirrelda's Clases de Clay:
A Branch of La Alameda Press 
Cirrelda Snider-Bryan 
9636 Guadalupe Trail NW
Albuquerque, NM 87114 505-897-0285

Tile Restoration Center    
Steve Moon
Vancouver, Washington

The Tile Restoration Center has long been a leading producer of American Arts & Crafts-style ceramic tiles.  Their goal is to capture both the imagery and the spirit of the classic Craftsman aesthetic, where each installation is an integral part of a home's design. 

TRC recreates and hand-produces dozens of Arts & Crafts images inspired by well-known tilemakers such as Batchelder and Claycraft, as well as many new designs that build on that rich history.   
Craftsman Fireplace with Custom Arch 

This Craftsman fireplace is featured on Houzz along with other period fireplaces created with TRC's historically accurate reproduction tiles.  The focal point is a 28" x 4"  reindeer frieze across the surround.  Other horizontal images available include  ginkgo, peacock, pinecone as well as thistle and bird.

Conestoga Wagon Tile, 8" x 16" 

By making complementary field and trim tiles in both standard and custom shapes, they are able to produce installations that blend naturally with the surrounding designs.  Their overall goal is to make new tile that projects a timeless quality, blending seamlessly with original tiles that are over 80 years old.

Owner Steve Moon is well-versed with the problems of repairing older installations and integrating the solutions. In this interview from Arts & Crafts Homes magazine, June 2012, Steve goes through the steps involved, making the process easier for homeowners. 

New Hex Faucet Array, 4" size in black & white 

In addition to making historic reproduction tiles for more than 20 years, Steve Moon is also making a more modern line of tiles under the name Monkey Works, Inc.  These designs are centered on playful and captivating geometries, combined with subtle textured glazes. The Monkey Works website is currently in production, expected to be done before the holiday season. 

Whether modern or old school tile is on your mind and in your plans, you'll want to contact the Tile Restoration Center to see their options.  Click here to start the process with a catalog and/or sample pack
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Tile Restoration Center
Steve Moon
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