Handmade Tile Association
July 2006 Newsletter
The National Tile Conference information is in its final budgeting and proofing stages before it goes to print and is mailed to both the HTA and THF mailing lists. We hope that you will see them in your mailboxes by late July to early August. The HTA has received numerous inquiries of how to register for workshops which we love to hear such enthusiasm. In the newsletter are some more information about accommodations. Also more gallery shows to look forward to. This event has some really interesting dynamics that should make it a very memorable experience for all that can partake.
Duluth & Minneapolis Accommodations
A 2-1/2 hour drive separates Duluth and Minneapolis. We are anticipating that because the first half of the conference is in Duluth (except for those attending workshops) and the second half is in Minneapolis that most people will choose to fly into Minneapolis if coming from out of state. At this point we have no plans to hire a bus to carry people from Minneapolis to Duluth; we assume attendees will team up with friends, rent a car, and drive. We have also scheduled most of the workshops in Minneapolis to end early enough on Wednesday, Sept. 13th, for people to drive to Glensheen in time for the reception, dinner and lecture that evening.
In Duluth there will be bus tours of historic and contemporary tile sites and exhibitions beginning first thing Wednesday morning culminating at Glensheen that evening. The next day we will visit additional sites that will end in the afternoon in time for people to drive themselves back to Minneapolis for the reception at Clay Squared to Infinity on Thursday evening.
For those planning to participate in the program in Duluth we have reserved a block of rooms at the Hampton Inn of Canal Park for both Tuesday and Wednesday nights, Sept. 12th and 13th. Rooms facing Lake Superior are $109 per night; those facing the city, $89 per night (includes a complimentary breakfast and free parking). For reservations call 218 720-3000 before August 12th and say that you are with the Tile Heritage Foundation.
If you plan to attend one or more workshops in Minneapolis or wish to participate in Friday's program at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and Saturday's Tile Festival at the American Swedish Institute, you'll want to book a room at the Holiday Inn Metrodome. Call 800 448-DOME. A special rate of $107 has been arranged for the Tile Heritage Foundation. Reservations must be made by August 23rd to guarantee this rate. Parking will be an additional $10.50 per day if charged to your room. The hotel is located east of I-35W, just north of the I-94 freeway. If flying into Minneapolis, there is now a Light Rail (less than $3 each way) from the airport to downtown. The Holiday Inn picks up at either the Cedar Riverside station or the Metrodome station. Call the hotel for a ride once you reach the station.
The Blue Iris Gallery in Duluth will offer "Contemporary Women Tilemakers: Clay and Glass" Sept. 4 to Oct. 7. The exhibit will feature the work of Pat Joyelle, Penny Clark, Deb LeAir, Mary Jo Schmith, Shane Upthegrove and Moira Sweeney. The gallery is located at 723 Lake Avenue South. Visit www.blueirisgalleryduluthmn.com .
2007 HTA directory planning
In the midst of all of the planning of the tile conference the HTA also has to plan for the 2007 directory. Much of the information will be due only a few weeks after the conference is complete. So to get people in the mind set we are starting a little earlier than usually to ask artists to think about getting those photos of their best commissions and art work ready for the directory. Review your directory text and photos are you doing anything new? Do you offer a new service? Have you considered doing a separate ad just for a special service you offer aka designing, tile setting, tiled furniture, tile products or tools etc.? Pricing for advertising in the 2007 directory.
The HTA also wants people to consider writing for the HTA. We love to publish historical articles on tiles, how to guides, business management issues, glaze and firing techniques etc. The HTA pays $100 for each article printed. All submissions will be due October 16th.
Want to get a free ad for 2007?
The HTA has some jobs that need to be done. If you have time and no money or you just want to advance the HTA's mission. HTA will trade your artist ad cost for the 2007 directory for your time. Here are three projects that need to be accomplished for 2007. Each will take about 10 hours.
1. Submit an article about the HTA to Ceramics Monthly, Clay Times and other ceramic magazines. You will read their criteria and write an article you might even get paid by the magazine if the article is published!
2. Enter addresses of people who have asked for the directory - 10 hours of time and get a free artist directory listing.
3. Archive the past newsletters on the HTA web site – 10 hours of time and get a free artists directory listing.
Contact Josh Blanc for more details. First come first serve.
Commemorative tile sample
The second annual commemorative tile sample is complete. Kirsten Walsted has sent us the sample it is fun and fabulous. We are going to have 25 of the 50 available before the tile festival for those who really want to collect but can not make the festival. The Star Tribune is going to run "a what's new" article in the Home and Garden section on the commemorative tiles in July or August. A little press never hurts.
Tile Maker in Peru
As some of the members know Josh Blanc, the HTA newsletter writer, went on a trip to Peru in June to climb Machu Picchu and search for tiles in South America. No tiles were found to speak of but we did find a great ceramics museum that we would highly recommend http://museolarco.perucultural.org.pe/ the Museum Larco of Ceramics Its rarity is that they had the back storage room of all their ceramics open to the public. Thousands upon thousands of ceramic vessels all categorized by faces, animals, death, erotic, ceremonial, you name it every category of Peruvian life for thousands of years. The glass shelves were 15' tall and were spread over too many rooms to count. Over 40,000 vessels by their count. And those seeking adventure should defiantly consider the four day grueling hike to Machu Picchu it will be something you will never forget or at least your joints will never forget.
When - July 19th
Where - Mosaic on a Stick
595 N. Snelling Ave.
St. Paul , MN 55104
phone: (651) 645-6600
Directions - Mosaic On A Stick is located in St. Paul in the State Fair corridor at 595 North Snelling Avenue. (Otherwise the name wouldn't be nearly as cool or fitting.)
From I-94, take the exit for Snelling Avenue. Go North on Snelling. Mosaic On A Stick is 4 blocks North of University on the corner of Snelling and Thomas. Call us if you get lost - we'll get you here. phone: (651) 645-6600
Would you like to host and HTA Meeting?
The HTA is always looking for the meeting places and topics that its members can discover and learn from. The HTA is committed to educating our members if you or your company would like to do a presentation in your location or to be a special guest at a meeting please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 612-781-6409. The HTA generally meets about every 6 to 8 weeks.
Help us Distribute the Tile Conference Posters!
If you can delivery one to a
art school, Art or clay center,
Clay distribution or would like
one for your summer booth or
studio please send the HTA
your address and how many
you want and we will ship
them to you or if you can pick them up that would be great too!
2006 Tile Festival registration form click here
There are only 14 indoor tables Left.
Need postcards? Come pick some up or the HTA can mail you some.
reception, dinner and lecture that evening.
Opens July 15th
53 works of tile art were selected from 41 national artists.
visit Clay Squared to Infinity to see the work. Awards will be handed out on September 14th at the artist reception.
The 2006 Commertive Tile
Artist Kirsten Walsted
50 will be made at $25 each. Proceeds to benefit the HTA
Museum Larco in Peru back storage gallery.
Mochica. 1 - 800 A.D. Apogee Epoch
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