Handmade Tile Association
August 2006 Newsletter
Tiles of the Northern Plains Tile Conference
Most HTA members should have received the National Tile Conference registration forms. It is a extensive program with many choices. While it is our dream for everyone to participate in the conference, we are realistic. The HTA's main goal is that every member participate in at least some portion of the conference. Whether that is a dinner, a tour, workshop(s) half a program or the whole program, there should be something for everyone and every price range.
Although the conference has been advertised in Ceramics Monthly; the majority of tile conference is also a very big word of mouth program. You as a member have a lot of influence when talking to your friends or to interested parties. There are great opportunities for people to learn how to make tiles, buy tiles, visit great behind the scenes tours and appreciate some awesome tiled architecture. Please spend some time reviewing the conference program so you'll be able to tell people all about the conference and all the cool things to do and see. We hope to see you and your friends there! Click here for the online registration.
Tile of the North Gallery Opportunity now open for entries
Members of the Handmade Tile Association and artists from the area will represent a peek at the wonderful tile and wall art happening in the Midwest!
The show will be concurrent with the "Tiles of the Prairie, Building on Tradition" Tile conference being held in the Twin Ports and Minneapolis in September. The show will be on the tour for the conference, September 13th 2006. It is sponsored by the Duluth Pottery, Superior Division. Work can not exceed 2'x3'.
Deadline for delivery of work is August 15th
Please click here for an application
Tile Mentor Program Outreach
The 5'x8' mosaic mural "A Place to Grow" represents a welcoming community garden. It was created for the Neighborhood House, located in the Paul and Shelia Wellstone Community Center in the Del Sol Neighborhood of West St. Paul.
The installation came about through COMPAS's ArtsWork, a youth employment program for young artists who are hired during the summer months as Apprentice Artists and are mentored by professional artists. The aspiring artists are ages 14-21. They are hired after applying and completing the interviewed process which includes a portfolio and resume review. For this installation the mentor artist Sharra Frank interviewed approximately 40 artists and selected 10. During the 6 week program, the apprentices worked Monday through Friday from 9:30am-3:00pm, gained vocational skill such as time management and teamwork, and sharpened their social skills and increasing their confidence by interacting with others .
The mosaic will be hung on the 2nd floor in the Neighborhood House during the week of August 7, 2006. A dedication of the piece will be held Tuesday, August 15, 2006 at 2:00pm. Visitors are welcome!
Submitted by Sharra Frank
ASID and the HTA
Handmade Tile Association members are now ASID (American Society of Interior Designers) Industry Partners. This means that we get reduced rates for advertising our products and services in the 2007 ASID Minnesota Chapter directory. Here is info regarding the rates:
-Deadline is September 15th, 2006
A ¼-page color ad cost $400 and automatically included your company under 2 headings in the Products and Services Directory. For example, a fine furniture company may choose to be listed under Accessories and under Furniture; a bathroom fixtures company may wish to be listed under Plumbing/Fixtures and Accessories. The larger the size ad you place, the more listings you will receive. Should you wish to place a larger size ad. Please contact the PCI for more info on rates.
Toll free 1-800-678-9724 (and then dial 5, then dial 5 again for ASID advertising) (PCI handles all publications & advertising for the ASID). This is a great opportunity because membership alone is $500, and as an HTA member you skip that cost! As an industry partner you are eligible to make presentations of your work in meetings for the ASID.
The HTA will again be sending complimentary Tile Festival entry passes to all MN ASID members. If you would like to volunteer to help do this mailing contact email@example.com
Submitted by Mercury Mosaics
Be A Minnesota Tile Festival Volunteer
MINNEAPOLIS: Be part of the Minnesota Tile Festival, a major regional hand crafted tile show, as a volunteer. Volunteers will be admitted free to the show. Volunteer to help with setup, welcome, answer questions, and breakdown. Time slots are available for 1 hour, 2 hour, 4 hour and all day shifts. Setup is Friday, September 15th, 6-8 PM. Welcome is Saturday, September 16th, 7-10AM. Answer questions 10-5 PM. Breakdown will be 5-7 PM.
The 5th Annual Minnesota Tile Festival is at the American Swedish Institute, 2600 Park Ave Minneapolis, MN. The Show is open to the general public 10-5 PM with a $5 admission charge waved for volunteers.
To volunteer please contact Nick and Rosie Heille of the NE Mpls Artists Concierge Service at 612-789-6527 or firstname.lastname@example.org For best time slot selection please contact Nick and Rosie as soon as possible.
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. Enter addresses of people who have asked for the directory, and a free artist directory listing.
2. Archive the past newsletters on the HTA web site – and get a free artists directory listing. Contact Josh Blanc for more details. First come first serve.
Linda Taylor has agreed to write articles on the HTA to submit to five magazines.
HTA Writers = $100
We are on the hunt for articles for the 2007 HTA directory. If you would like to write a 250 word article please click here to get the scoop on what to do and when it is due.
HTA Board Member Search
The HTA is looking to add one board member for 2007.
The position, requires:
3 meetings a year, March, August, and November which revolve around budgeting, planning and visioning HTA programming and outreach.
We are looking for people who can attend all meetings board meetings and many HTA general meetings as well. Be in attendance or participate in the programming of the HTA like MN Tile Festival.
- Good communication skills.
- Passion and skills to advance the mission of the HTA.
The HTA likes to get a diverse cross section of our members. this means we are looking for people from different geographical areas in the state, from different specialties in the tile field. We want to have all members voices heard through the HTA board.
To be considered please submit a resume and a cover letter.
34 13th Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413
Call 612-781-6409 if you have questions.
Next HTA meeting
When: October 10th
Where: North Prairie Tile Works
2845 Harriet Avenue South
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55408
This meeting will be the last meeting before the deadline of the 2007 directory.
Wrap up of National Tile Conference please bring your feedback.
Getting Ready for 2007 Directory
Artist rates for the 2007 HTA directory
Click hear for a PDF of the rates
Advertising Rates for Businesses wanting to advertise in the 2007 HTA directory
"A Place to Grow"
Neighborhood House: Paul and Shelia Wellstone Community Center
click here for full story and bigger picture of project.
2006 Tile Festival registration form click here
There are only 8 indoor tables left!
Artist Kirsten Walsted
50 will be made at $25 each. Proceeds to benefit the HTA
If you would like to purchase one please call 612-781-6409
53 of tile art works 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.
click here to see download a gallery catalog