Handmade Tile Association
June 2006 Newsletter
Tile Conference update
As the conference nears the HTA and THF are putting the final touches on the program. The goal is to have registration forms complete in the first weeks of June and to be mailed to all THF and HTA members. Below is a preview of what we have set up and much more is coming.
MN Tile Conference: Preview of Workshops
For tile makers and mosaic artists: Join with Eric Rattan, nationally recognized general contractor, designer, stone mason and mosaicist in a 3-day intensive, hands-on workshop designed to acquaint the artist with successful trade-approved techniques for permanent tile and mosaic installations. If you are at the stage of installing your mosaics or handmade tile in or on buildings in frame floors, decks, shower enclosures, backsplashes, etc. this workshop may be for you. Sunday-Tuesday, September 10-12. See www.santafedesignstudio.com.
For tile makers: Norma Hanlon and Kirsten Walstead, known nationally for their SoMi tiles (formerly Fresh Fish), will be presenting a two part, hands-on tile making workshop. The opening 3-hour session will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 12th. A second session will be held later in the week. See www.somitileworks.com. Roger Mayland and the staff at North Prairie Tileworks will focus on developing base glazes in its 4-hour workshop mid-day on Thursday. Visit www.handmadetile.com.
For glass enthusiasts: Chris and Stacey Kelly will open their FK Art Glass Studio for two separate 4-hour workshops. The first will feature fused glass tile on Wednesday, the 13th, and the second on cast glass tile the following day.
And for mosacists: come away with your own mosaic mirror from the 4-hour, hands-on workshop with Mercedes Mattila at her Mercury Mosaics Studio on Wednesday, the 13th and enjoy gourmet Italian cuisine while you work! See www.mercurymosaics.com. Or visit the studio of mosaic artist Sharra Frank who will demonstrate her notable talents. Go to www.sharrafrank.com.
All Wednesday workshops will end in time for participants to drive the 2-1/2 hours to Duluth for the reception and dinner at Glensheen. (See April’s “E-News” for more details.)
To reserve a room in Minneapolis contact the Holiday Inn Metrodome at 800 448-DOME. Special rates have been arranged for the Tile Heritage Foundation (at the moment if you are a Priority Club member or a AAA member, your room rate may be lower than the rate we negotiated; be sure to check it out!). The hotel is located east of I-35W, just north of the I-94 freeway. If flying to Minneapolis, there is now a Light Rail 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.
Opportunities for gallery shows
AT THE DULUTH ART INSTITUTE, DEPOT
July 20, 2006 Oct 29, 2006
Ceramic Artists Explore the Tile
John Steffl Gallery”
Opening Reception, Thurs, July 20, 5 7 PM
Artist Dialogue, Thurs, July 27, 6 7 PM
The ceramic arts are huge in our area. There are more than 30 professional
potters in the arrowhead region and ceramics classes and studio rentals are core to our education program at the Duluth Art Institute. Tile is perhaps the most ubiquitous of all the ceramic objects that we come in contact with.
In Un-Grouted, we take the tile off the bathroom floor and hang it on the gallery wall to essay this square of fired clay as a piece of fine art.It is easy to see why a tile is such a perfect contrivance for the expression of artistic idea. It serves as a sort of blank canvas on one hand and a multi dimensional space on the other. The artists involved in Un-grouted will explore a wide range of possibility: From painted imagery to sculptural form to conceptual idea. The artists involved will include Karin Kraemer, Dave Lynas, Laura McCaul, and Bill Goodman, and more.
Contact: David Hodges Exhibitions Director, Duluth Art Institute 218-733-7560 firstname.lastname@example.org
Tile of the North Gallery opportunity
Is 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 August 15th
Please click here for an application
Another Gallery opportunity
Ripple River Gallery
“Tiles of the North”
October 18 to November 18
Contact info Karin Kraemer
Duluth Pottery, LLC
916 Hammond Ave.
Superior, WI 54880
Bob Carls of the Ripple River Gallery in Aitkin, would like to invite the Handmade Tile Association artists to have a show at his gallery in October and November. Bob and Amy have a lovely, successful gallery in the heart of the resort area around Aitkin. They sponsor fun art events, and have quite a following. Bob is a great woodturner; you might have seen his work at shows. They are very interested in our work, and in bringing us to a new audience. So, if you would like, he’s asked me to put together a group of tile artists for the fall.
Karin can gather work at the tile festival, or you can ship work to Bob by October 1. She can bring your pieces from the show we have at my shop in Superior after the Tile conference. But hopefully, it will all be gone, and we’ll need more!
If you’d like to participate, limit the size to 2’ x 2’ wall pieces and sculpture.
Let Karin know by July 1 if you would like to be in the show. Thank you! I think we can put a great show together.
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.
Get your 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!
Recent press Mercury Mosaics was featured in the June 2006 of Mpls/St.Paul for her mosaic bar at Neptune Restaurant
2006 Tile Festival registration form click here
There are only 14 indoor tables Left.
Tile Employment Opportunity
SoMi Tileworks, LLC is looking for a looking for a studio assistant/intern that would be interested in working 20-30 hours per week as a paid employee. The job would consist of making tiles, taking inventory of stock, loading and unloading kilns, cleaning the studio and other odd jobs around the studio. There would be the possibility of helping at summer art fairs, setting up the booth and dealing with customers. Please call if you are interested.
SoMi Tileworks, LLC
3920 Nicollet Ave. #400 Minneapolis, MN 55409 somitilework.com
Gallery Show at Sivertsons
In conjunction with Handmade Tile Association events in Duluth on September 13-14, Sivertson Gallery in Canal Park will feature a show highlighting the work of regional artists who create unique tiles in addition to other sculptural ceramic forms. The exhibit will be a gathering of both styles in order to show the versatility and inspiration of the artists.
Sivertson Gallery Duluth, Minnesota
Contact: MIRIAM SOMMERNESS
Phone: 218-723-7877 Fax: 218-723-8669
What: Contemporary Handmade Tiles
361 Canal Park Drive Duluth, Minnesota
When: September 13 – October 1