Sam Rodia clings to the
top of Watts Tower

“I Build the Tower

Here’s something new! A feature-length documentary about the life and work of Simon (Sam) Rodia and the Watts Towers of South Central Los Angeles has recently become available on DVD produced by filmmaker Ed Landler and Brad Byer, Rodia’s great-nephew.
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Mosaic Magic: Niki de Saint Phalle

In Escondido, California, within a 12-acre natural habitat, in the Iris Sankey Arboretum in Kit Carson Park, the late Niki de Saint Phalle (1930-2002) created a unique mosaic masterpiece, the only American sculpture garden of its kind and the last of her major international projects. Queen Califia’s Magical Circle, inspired by Read on...

Coverings Announces

Red Canyon Tile & Stone for the “Lander Master Bath”

Orlando, FL, Tuesday, May 3rd 2005 - Coverings, the most comprehensive tile and stone marketplace in the Americas, and the preferred forum for hard surface education, exhibits and purchases, is pleased to announce Read on...

Tile Restoration of the Spectacular
Spanish Pool of the West Side YMCA

Spain’s history with the YMCA dates back to 1929, when King Alfonso XIII of Spain donated the original artistic tilework –a year the Great Depression hit America and building screeched to a halt - to achieve the Moorish interiors architect Dwight James Baum wanted to create. And although this legacy was clearly a motivation to help with the tile restoration, Read on...

Tiled Steps Seeks Funds

Dear Tiled Steps Friends and Family,
For those of you who haven't been to our website recently, here is the central part of the stairway, which artists Colette and Aileen, and many volunteers, finished late last year. These panels were also on display at our end-of-the-year December party. But now, Read on...

TCAA presents
Project of the Year Awards

On September 27, 2004 Tile Contractors' Association of America (TCAA) honored outstanding projects in both Commercial and Residential tile installations. The awards were presented during TCAA's 96th annual convention at Lake Tahoe, California. The Project of the Year winners are: Read on...

Taylor and Menzies

Named 2003 Cesery Award Winners

The Tile Contractors' Association of America added two more luminaries to a constellation of tile industry leaders when it presented the 2003 Cesery Award to Joseph A. Taylor and Sheila A. Menzies of the Tile Heritage Foundation. Joe and Sheila received their awards during the Cesery Award Luncheon on Read on...

Message, the original Tile Heritage Foundation website, is no longer being maintained by its Webmaster and Tile Heritage has no access to the site to make any changes. Read on...

Eric Astrachan (center), Executive Director
of the Tile Council of North America,
presents the Tile Persons of the Year Award
to Joseph Taylor and Sheila Menzies,
co-founders of Tile Heritage, at Coverings 2007.

THF Founders Honored by TCNA

Sheila A. Menzies and Joseph A. Taylor were awarded the Tile Council of North America’s (TCNA) prestigious 2007 Tile Persons of the Year award during Coverings 2007 in Chicago. Each year the Tile Council awards a person or persons who in the opinion of its board of directors has (have) made a unique contribution that resulted in a pivotal improvement and significant advancement of the ceramic tile industry of North America. Read on...

Grueby Arts And Crafts Masterpiece
Rescued In Cleveland

TARPON, FLA. - A remarkable installation of nearly 1,200 matte-glazed Grueby tiles has been preserved in its entirety in Cleveland, Ohio. Thanks to the cooperative efforts of a private educational foundation based in Florida, the owners of a 1900 lakefront mansion and two Read on...

W.P.A.-Era Mural to Return to River
San Antonio, TX

In 1943, the Texas Legislature recognized Ethel Wilson Harris for her role in “the revival and perpetuation of Mexican arts and crafts,” skills Spanish friars taught Native Americans long ago on mission grounds, skills almost lost Read on...

Spirits and Folklore of Ghana
Lillian Sizemore

"Spirits and Folklore of Ghana" is the artwork resulting of a 2004 summer workshop designed and facilitated by Laurel True of True Mosaics in Oakland, CA. Her workshop, Community Mosaic Mural Making, was offered at Aba House Cultural Center located in the seaside town of Nungua, in Ghana, West Africa. "Spirits" is one of Read on...

by Michael Padwee

While reading The New York Times of March 25, I came across a wonderful article about the reconstruction of the terra cotta tile dome of the New York City Center (“Fixing a Leaky Roof, and What a Roof!: The Tale of the Tiles on City Center’s Cap” by Glenn Collins, pp. B1, B8). The “Mecca Temple of the Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine”, built in 1922-1924 for the Shriners, was
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Ruins Restored
Cascade Theater Restoration

In 1935 Redding, California became home to a showcase movie palace and vaudeville stage the Cascade Theater. The theater went through various modifications over the next 65 years, including division into a multi-screen complex, before closing in the 1990s. In June of 1999 the neglected building was purchased by Southern Oregon University's Jefferson Public Radio (JPR), and a restoration project was born. Read on...

A Burning Desire
by John Arnopp & Jenny Burns

We had no working fireplace during the time we lived in an 1890-ish Klinkner/Edwardian – the pre-bungalow era version of an “affordable” home in Northern California. After 13 years, we moved to a 1923 California bungalow in Piedmont. The fireplace in our new home looked all right, except that you could see nothing of the original tile face or wood mantel. At some point, the mantel Read on...