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CALL to Artist – SAMA

Hi tilers!!

I am organizing a tile show in Tacoma in conjunction with the International Mosaic Summit Tacoma, April 10 to 14 2013.

Tile set up Saturday April 6th

Grand Opening April 10th,  5 to 8 pm

Third Thursday art walk April 17th, 5 to 8 pm

Take down Friday / Saturday April 10/20

3 to 5 pieces a person

No entry fees

Non-ATNW members welcome 

Please give me an affirmative yes, no later than February 2nd, 2013

 Claudia Riedener

Ixia Tile Tacoma
1004 S. Steele
Tacoma, WA 98405

A Great Article about our Friends at Tile Heritage

written in Tile Talk by Avente Tile.

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Thanks to the Tile Heritage Foundation

Tile Heritage FoundationAs another year draws to a close, I want to shine the spotlight on a great organization that is benevolent and generous, The Tile Heritage Foundation. Since it was founded in 1987, this California-based non-profit has been supporting the preservation, history and appreciation of tile. This organization gives back to the tile community and works to preserve our tile heritage. Avente proudly supports their efforts and thanks the directors, staff and volunteers.

The Preservation of our Tile Heritage

The Tile Heritage Foundation promotes an awareness and appreciation of ceramic surfaces in the United States. The Foundation provides consultation and research, leads preservation efforts and shares information about tile. The Tile Heritage library and research facility has a wealth of knowledge including books and slides about ceramic tile surfaces. They provide historical perspective and depth on all ceramic surfacing materials and educate the public by sharing tile’s rich history. Because of these efforts, the organization now plays a major role in the preservation of rare existing ceramic installations. They promote contemporary tile work as well.

This year the Foundation celebrates their 25th-anniversary. A big drive is to transition their archive to an online searchable resource available to the industry and to the public.

Tile and our Collective History

One of the reasons I started Avente was my love of tile – both in the beauty of the hand painted design and the sense of place and time it conveys. A mosaic brings you back to the Roman Empire. The light hand painted blue and white strokes of a stylistic floral pattern on tile can have you dreaming about a centuries-old street corner in Portugal. It’s pretty amazing what tile can convey!

Shortly after I started Avente Tile, I remember Jorge Aguayo, of Aguayo Tile explaining that he had discovered many floors in disrepair while visiting Cuba. His goal was to preserve these amazing tile tapestries of pattern and color found in Cuban tile. If we don’t strive to preserve and record these amazing works of art, we lose so much in the collective history of who we are.

Cuban Tiles found in Old Havana and Camaguey are in disrepair
Cuban Tiles found in Old Havana and Camaguey are in disrepair
Photo Courtesy of Aguayo Tile

I occasionally get calls from friends and customer’s saying they found some amazing tile after removing layers of other surface coverings during a remodel of their early 1900’s home. These moments warm my heart. I am reassured that people do want to preserve well-crafted design and they value the history of a very special place. They want to help document, record and preserve the collective history that is ours.

When I can’t identify that tile, where do I send them? The Tile Heritage Foundation, of course.

Members Holiday Sales

 December Holiday Sale

at the CUH Miller Library.

UW Botanic Gardens (logo)

December 7th thru December 22nd


Beth Anderson, Janet Gadallah  At:

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Allison Moore At:


Paul Lewing at: 

Annual Holiday Sale

December 2nd

Paul Lewing: Ceramic Tiles, Trivets, Ornaments, Acrylic Paintings
Gay Jensen: Textile Art, Fashion Accessories, Unique Note Cards
With Guest Artist
Kathy Dannerbeck: Handcrafted Sterling Silver Jewelry



Mindzeye Fused Glass Opening Show


Beth Anderson will be showing at:

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2012  Small Works Holiday Exhibition November 16-December 29

Good things come in small packages! 

Small Works of art at 2010 Holiday Show

Art in many mediums will be ready

for immediate purchase.


Join us for festive fun

at the Opening Reception 

November 16th:


Free and open to the public


95 Front Street N

Issaquah, WA 98027


ATNW Featured in Val Easton’s Plant Talk

Botanically Themed Artisanal Tile Show At Center for Urban Horticulture this Friday and Saturday

Firehouse tileworks
The Center for Urban Horticutlure is hosting this year’s Artisan Tile Show, and the theme is botanicals. With Northwest favorites like Carol Rose Dean and Clare Dohna of Firehouse Tileworks on Vashon Island (that’s Clare’s work, above) the show is sure to be fabulous. The opening reception is Friday evening, the show continues on Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm.

Free admission, free parking…soul-stirring color and design on handmade tiles by local artists…what’s not to love? Many of the pieces, like Clare’s, not only depict nature, but are made to go out into the garden to embelish it….



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NW Tile Artist FEATURED in Minnesota Tile Newsletter

Handmade Tile Association Newsletter

S P O T L I G H T E D   several of our Tile Artist.  

This month Dean Tile & Design, Status Tile, Red Step Tile, Tile Restoration Center are featured.  View full article at:  

Dean Tile & Design
Carol Dean

South Whidbey Island, Washington


 Dean Tile Studio specializes in the creation of unusual handmade tile, mirror frames, and sinks.We design bathroom, kitchen, fireplaces, floors, wall murals, fountains, and any other type of tile installation.We are licensed and bonded tile contractors.
Carol has 18 years of construction experience, including 8 years working as designer/General Contractor/Builders in Seattle.  The studio, which is located on South Whidbey island, is open 5 days a week. Visit Us. We are available to work on Whidbey Island, and the Seattle Metro area. 

Contact Info

Carol Dean
P O Box 454
Langley WA, 98260
360 -331-1295


Red Step Tile
Paula Gill

Bremerton, Washington



All these tiles are made in my Bremerton, Washington studio, which overlooks my garden of perennial and vegetable beds and a sloping bank planted with Pacific Northwest natives. I find the antics of the resident songbirds, northern flickers, owls, squirrels and mountain beavers both charming and challenging, but ultimately inspiring on a daily basis. I love being outside and tending the garden with my hands in the soil; I guess it comes as no surprise that I have discovered a way to keep my hands in the soil through my work. My tiles are my way of sharing this joy of being in nature with others.

With a background in graphic design, printmaking and watercolor painting, I started exploring the world of tilemaking in 1997 and haven’t looked back since. Through continual experimentation I have been able to create a wide range of tiles with only terracotta and white clays, underglaze color pigments and a clear finish glaze.

My technique with woodcarving tools, directly influenced by woodblock and linoleum printmaking, give the work a unique style and add unrivaled depth, texture and liveliness not replicated by other tile making methods. In all, it is a thirty step process, all by hand (no molds are used), that takes from six to eight weeks to complete.

Contact information:

Paula Gill
PO Box 63
Bremerton WA 98337
206 226 2642 

Status Ceramics

Richard Scott
Seattle, Washington

Status Ceramics was founded in the summer of 1986 on Bainbridge Island, Washington, not far from our current location in Seattle.  As a former serigraph printer, potter and leaded glass worker, Richard Scott was drawn to custom ceramic tile as a medium for enduring artistic expression.

The primary inspiration was the American Art Tile movement: Batchelder and Grueby; Pewabic Pottery and other turn of the century art tile studios. At a time when mass produced tile was flooding the market, he was reverting to the techniques of the American Art Tile pioneers. Their handcrafted techniques in glazing, molding, and firing required patience and craftsmanship but produced one of a kind works of art. It turned out Richard was not alone in exploring handcrafted techniques. Status Ceramics was just one of dozens of art tile studios, such as Motawi Tile, Pratt and Larson, California Potteries and Clay Squared, that were popping up around the country. The result was a renaissance in American Art Tile.


We are developing a new line of Velvet glazes, the name says it all, along with new designs. Both will be featured in Atlanta, Covering 2013, Georgia World Congress Center, April 29th through May 2nd.


Contact Info  
5840 Airport Way S. #213
Seattle, WA 98103 –
(p) 206.282.0181
(f) 206.284.0927

Tile Restoration Center
Steve Moon
Portland, Oregon

Tile Restoration Center is a small tile company recently moved to Portland, Oregon dedicated to producing historically accurate reproductions of American Arts & Crafts tile makers such as Ernest Batchelder and Claycraft.
We have also created dozens of new designs in the Arts & Crafts style to complement those historical images that we faithfully reproduce. We pride ourselves on the amount of care and hand work that goes into each and every tile we make, not just for looks, but in the dignified and creative spirit of the early twentieth century.


9954 N Vancouver Way
Portland, Oregon 97217
ph: (206) 633-4866
fax: (206) 633-3489


Our thanks to Josh Blanc
Handmade Tile Association.LLC  

ATNW presenting at NWSID Conference



Richard Scott of Status Ceramics and Claudia Riedener of Ixia Tile Tacoma will take you on a virtual studio tour of how handmade tiles are created from concept to completion including tile installation tips specific to artisan tiles. As members of the tile maker’s guild, Artisan Tile NW, they will cover the steps to successful collaboration with Guild members to create one of kind tile installation for your clients.