December Newsletter

Thank you
to all who made this year’s Handmade Tile Festival a success and those of you who came to enjoy the show for your support of Northwest handmade tilemakers.

Our juried tile event is a highlight of the show.

The winners are, clockwise from upper left:
Susan Cohen Thompson “Iridescent Bird Nourished by the Full Moon”  ATNW prize $100
Juror Dee Carson, Executive Director of Northwest Art Alliance. This prize goes to the artist whose tile displays excellent ceramic skills and an innovative approach to the theme

Karen Morrice “Sky Chat”  Tile Heritage Foundation Prize $100 + 1 year membership
Juror Ron Endlich, Antique tile collector. This prize goes to the artist whose tile best represents the ceramic traditions of North America in keeping with the “Feathered Friends” theme.

Gina Holt “Year Round Companions” People’s Choice Award

Kimmi Kerns “Archaeopteryx”  Status Ceramics Prize $100 plus studio time to create a tile
Juror Ginny Conrow, 
Artist/Owner of Conrow Porcelain StudioThis prize goes to the artist whose tile displays the most imaginative design and use of color in keeping with the “Feathered Friends” theme.

A partial view of the “Feathered Friends” theme juried show.

Congratulations to Nancy Goodno, winner of the Tile Mosaic Mirror raffle

Our 2014 Commemorative tile by Bob and Iris Jewett, Wilburton Tile, Bellevue

Here are a few of the tile exhibitors at this year’s show:

Clockwise from upper left:
Ed Mighell, Redoubt Press, Anchorage, Alaska–Ed carries the distinction of the exhibitor who travelled the farthest.
And the other three are our newest members:
Cynthia Jones, Cinzia Designs, Snohomish
Tom Sauro, Sauro’s Landscaping, Lake Tapps
Irene Otis, Irene’s Tiles, Vashon Island

Allison Moore Peel, Moore Tile Works, Seattle
Janet Gaddallah–Tile Festival committee–JLG Pottery, Sammamish

Beth Anderson, Mindzeye Fused Glass, Bothell

Terri Goodwin–Tile Festival committee, Bright River Studio, Seattle
Barbara Clark–President of ATNW– Agapanther Tiles, Seattle
Linda Thorson, Linda Thorson Designs, Seattle.
Gail Glosser–Tile Festival committee – Cavalero Clay Creations, Everett
Tracy Gosser, Old World Elements, Seattle

Larry Faucher, Tile Collector, Seattle
Maria Root, Primtiva Pottery and Tile and, Seattle

Steve Moon of Tile Restoration Center setting up in the courtyard

Here is sampling of the tile inspired garden art displayed outdoors this year in the courtyard at Center for Urban Horticulture

We have a special thanks to the Tile Festival committee, Terri Goodwin, Janet Gadallah, and Gail Glosser, for their very skillful organization and HUGE amount of effort; to the ATNW board and Committee members for chipping in so generously with their time and expertise: Iris Jewett, Maria Root, Paula Gill, Larry Faucher, Karen Morrice, Deb Foise, Tracy Gosser, and Beth Anderson.

The poster was a winner! Thanks to Terri Goodwin for the idea and execution and the members who made the tile letters: Allison Moore, Maria Root, Gail Glosser, Gina Holt, Terri Goodwin, Kimmi Kerns, Renee O’Connor and Barbara Clark.

Thanks to Clare Dohna for setting up the juried show, Maggie Roberts for making the awards, Glenda Reich, Kimmi Kerns, Jaki Reed, Richard Scott and family members (David, Ed, Erin, Jeanine) for helping out as volunteers for the show.

Thank you new member Noel Leone for taking photos and Carol Rose Dean for her willingness to lend a hand with the handcart.

Thanks to our members for making tiles for the mirror and magnets for the show.

AND thanks to Janet and Gail for getting the mirror tiles glazed and put together for the raffle.

See you next year for our 10th Handmade Tile Festival!

Heron’s Nest Gallery – ATNW Member Featured Artist


Vashon Island’s Heron’s Nest gallery show cases a featured artist each month. ATNW member Mary Lynn Buss is the featured artist for March.  The show opening is March 7, from 6 to 9 pm. The show will feature works of from her “Acts of God” works and her Aura series.

The Collective Visions Gallery in Bremerton has just concluded it’s seventh annual all state, all media art show. Over 280 artists from 70 cities submitted 771 artworks for consideration. Of these only 116 pieces were selected. ATNW member was one of the artists selected. In spite of the fact that the juror, Jamie Walker, a UW professor of art and a note ceramic artist Mary Lynn’s work was the only tile work in the show.


The Big Bang was in the CVG show.
 Quake Crack from the Acts of God series.
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The first studio tour of 2014 is scheduled for next Saturday on Vashon Island.

The first of three planned studio tours is scheduled. The first studio tour will include three studios on Vashon Island, Saturday, February 1, 2014. David Blad/Janet Gadallah, Mary Lynn Buss, Clare Dohna. Reimbursement will be available for carpools. Submit receipts to Treasurer Tracy Gosser. Refreshments will be provided by ATNW at Clare Dohna-Firehouse Tileworks. Ideas were solicited for studio tour events 2 and 3.

Action: Carpools are encouraged. Please RSVP to Gina Holt

Members Holiday Shows



Holiday Handmade

8504 13th Avenue NW, Seattle, WA 98117
NE Corner of 13th AV NW & NW 85th St.
(plenty of free parking)
Friday, November 22: 10AM-7PM
Saturday, November 23: 10AM-6PM
Barbara Clark, Marin Curry, Linnea Donnen,
Molly Hashimoto, Elena Louise Richmond




Janet Gadallah



~Happy New Year~

Next ATNW Meeting:

January 26th, 2012, 6,30 pm

We hope you all can make it

at Maria Root’s home

Board meeting 5.15 at Montlake Ale House

Agenda items to Claudia

Jaki Reed will give information on inventory tracking.

Please bring your check book, memberships 2012 are due.

ATNW membership is $ 25 / year

Make check payable to ATNW and mail to:

Artisan Tile Northwest,
PO BOX 84872, Seattle, WA 98124




2011 Tile Festival




Tile Restoration

Juried Show:


This year’s theme for the juried show, “Signage”, references the millennial old tradition of marking shops, professional offices and residences with tile signs.  Before literacy became wide spread, the signs used images and symbols rather than words.  Come see how contemporary tile work reflect, alter and adapt this long tradition.


2011 ATNW Juried Winner – Claire Dohna 


2011 Tile Heritage Winner – Mary Lynn Buss

Our Juror:



the 6th Annual Artisan Tile NW juried show, September 30, 2011

Sandy Haight, local creator of Madison Valley’s current colorful street banners, has built a successful illustration career working with designers and agencies throughout the US and Canada. She currently teaches Watercolor for Illustration at Bellevue Community College and regularly shows her watercolor and sumi brush art in juried shows throughout the PacificNW. Websites: and