Here’s What’s Below:Letter from CERF
Turk Wins TCNA’s Tile Person
Jim and Pat Evanko Honored
New Mural in Jingletown
From Cornelia Carey, Executive Director, CERF
Dear Friends at the Tile Heritage Foundation,
The wildfires last fall that ravaged Southern California were a reminder of how important CERF’s assistance is to professional craft artists. The feedback we heard from our beneficiaries there and in other parts of the country tells us that CERF’s assistance comes at critical times and often keeps temporary setbacks from turning into the permanent silence
We are honored to have your support and partnership in this important work. We share the value that you place on artists’ careers and the contributions they make to our lives.
Warm Regards and Many Thanks Again.
THF encourages all of its members to continue to Support CERF, the only group in the U.S. that is dedicated to assisting craftspeople in time of need. Visit http://craftemergency.org
Coverings: The Preeminent Tile Event
For more than 20 years, Coverings has been the preeminent event for the ceramic tile and natural stone industry in the Western
In more recent years, thanks primarily to the efforts of the Tile Council of North America, studio artists and artisans from Canada, studio artists and
More than 35,000 people attended Coverings in late April this year at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, after last year’s hiatus in Chicago. The crowds were spirited; the mood and tenor of the show were upbeat. Exhibit after exhibit surprised and delighted with new styles and bold, adventurous looks on display. Innovative applications and uses of tile were frequently spotted and included such novel ideas as a complete dining room at MacKenzie-Childs outfitted with table and chairs, each with ceramic appointments. Not surprisingly, MacKenzie-Childs of Aurora, New York took home the Best Booth Award. Congratulations!
Spectrum Awards THF Members
The Spectrum Awards competition celebrates creativity and achievement in the use of ceramic tile in residential and commercial projects, and over the years these awards have honored some of the world’s most beautiful and respected ceramic tile designs. The competition, sponsored by Coverings, is open to architects, designers, builders, contractors, distributors, retailers, installers and other design professionals, including tile makers. Tile Heritage has for years encouraged its artisan members to participate in this unique annual contest as the publicity generated for the award winners is second to none in the industry. This year five of the twelve award winners were Tile Heritage members, and in extending our congratulations to them we have chosen to feature each of their award-winning projects below.
Paragon Prairie Tower Merited
David Dahlquist of RDG Planning and Design of Des Moines, Iowa received the Award of Merit for mosaic/glass tile for the 118-foot Paragon Prairie Tower in Urbandale, Iowa. The owner, R&R Realty, wished to create a major destination icon and new cultural landmark for the state of Iowa, a dynamic symbol that pays homage to the history of the native Iowa prairie. The tower combines state-of-the-art technology and materials. The tapestry of glass mosaic was manufactured by SICIS in Ravenna, Italy. Currently the largest glass mosaic mural in the United States, the column is clad in nearly 1.8 million glass tiles, more than 5,050 square feet. The base of the column integrates a frieze of prairie grasses in sculpted relief made of terra cotta and glass fiber reinforced concrete.
For details see www.tileheritage.org/THF-ENews02-08.html#tower.
“World Tree of Life” Awarded
A Community Spectrum Award honored Dannenbeck Studios of Lafayette, California for its “World Tree of Life” at the Juvenile Justice Center, Alameda County. According to the artists, Susan
The “Possibilities Gateway” serves as the focal point for the powerful life-giving force of the sun and the “Destination” sculpture celebrates the powerful life-giving force of water. Both pieces use affirming, uplifting symbols from nature—flowers, birds, trees—to talk about life’s passages. Both also have a reflective central “portal,” an opening that extends each piece beyond its concrete borders, symbolically leaving its meaning open to individual interpretation. In addition, there are two tree ring surrounds, 100 linear feet of tile and slate benches, a stair riser mural at the entrance to the building, and scattered “wandering” pavement tiles throughout the plaza.
For additional details see www.tileheritage.org/THF-ENews3-07.html#Youth.
Community Award for Rob Fleming Park Murals
Motawi Tileworks of Ann Arbor, Michigan was chosen to reproduce in 6x6 tiles the artwork of the late Rob Fleming, a graphic artist and longtime member of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. The setting involves two recessed alcoves, one on each side of a massive stone fireplace, the focal point in a pavilion featured in a residential development outside of Houston.
An illustrator helped translate Fleming’s detailed sketches into simple line art that was adapted by a team of artists at Motawi into tube-lined designs, allowing each of the different glaze colors, applied with bulb syringes, to remain within their specific designated areas on the mural’s surface. The finished artwork describes the wildlife of Texas, from the rocks and plains of the northwest to the wetlands and the Gulf in the east.
For more information on Motawi Tileworks: www.motawi.com.
Award of Merit: Dreams of a Tile Setter
After 30 years as a tile setter and 20 years as a ceramic artist, Chuck Fitzgerald provided himself with the opportunity to fulfill a dream—to tile his own residence in El Cajon, California with his own designs. His goal was to explore patterns, geometric as well as free-flowing, and to move away from the traditional square grid. The handmade tile designs were used to accent
Chuck is the founder of Fitz Tile, a custom handmade tile company that specializes in tessellations—tiles of unusual shapes and sizes that fit together in decorative patterns. In 2007 he designed and produced a commemorative tile for Tile Heritage, the THF logo embraced by the human hand (www.tileheritage.org/THF-ENews12-07.html#Fitz Tile Commemorative). Check out Chuck’s website at www.fitztile.com.
Arts & Crafts Tile Featured
The Spectrum judges chose Santa Fe Design Studio in Madison, Wisconsin to receive the Design+Detail award for the tile work in a local residential bedroom designed, fabricated and installed by Eric Rattan. Here are traditional Arts & Crafts shapes and sizes from a century ago but with a definite contemporary flare reflecting the artist’s aesthetic sensibilities. The border tiles around the closet form a hand-cut mosaic of various leaf designs that flow around the double doors and spill onto the floor, attracting additional attention to the more traditional basket-weave patterning below.
Eric Rattan is a former winner of both Spectrum and Prism Awards. See santafedesignstudio.com.
Turk Named Tile Person of the Year
Harold Turk, Jr., President of Dal-Tile Corp., was awarded Tile Person of the Year by the Tile Council of North America (TCNA) during a special awards ceremony at Coverings 2008. Turk, who has spent most of his life and career in the tile industry, grew up learning about the industry from his father, a 40-year employee of Dal-Tile.
Over the course of the past three decades, Harold rose through the company ranks to lead its largest division, which consists of more than 230 company-operated sales service centers. He spearheaded a significant strategy shift from a primarily commercially focused brand to one that today serves as market leader in both commercial and residential segments. In addition, he was instrumental in developing the Gallery Showroom concept, which offers an upscale selection tailored to assist customers with making a wide range of product decisions.
“Mr. Turk’s initiatives have inspired our industry to rethink accepted business practices,“ remarked Eric Astrachan, TCNA’s Executive Director. “His innovative strategies have been instrumental in the success of Dal-Tile and the resurgence of American tile manufacturing.”
Evankos Honored by TCNA
The Tile Council of North America also presented Pat and Jim Evanko with the inaugural Art Tile Person(s) of the Year Award at the Coverings exposition in Orlando.
Twenty years ago, an engineer and artist were asked by a friend to match out-of-date tile for a hysterical customer. This talented team matched the tile and, after investigating the tile market, began manufacturing a relief tile line in their garage, matching the field tile colors of major American manufacturers, thus creating M.E. Tile (McGarry and Evanko).
From 1990 through 2006, M.E. Tile grew from 6 to 142 showrooms due to strong marketing exposure at numerous trade shows and in national magazines, movies, and television shows, all of which encouraged the demand for relief tiles while augmenting the growth and development of the company, and many others as well.
“Pat and Jim Evanko’s passion, and their willingness to share their expertise, played a pivotal role in establishing the renaissance of American art tile,” commented Eric Astrachan. “Their tireless devotion to this industry placed American artistry on the international map and will inspire future artisans.”
In 2006, Pat and Jim sold M. E. Tile to Red Rock Tileworks, which continues to produce the M.E. line in Charleston, Illinois.
Tile Heritage offers a grand “tile salute” to our longtime friends, Life Members of the Foundation, who have over the years participated in every symposium, conference and tour presented by THF.
Special thanks to Shannon Woodmansee at the Tile Council for providing the press material and images above.
An Original Claycraft Mantel
From Susanne and Allan Olson
A little while ago, we ordered from you the Claycraft Mantel Catalog in order to see if our fireplace mantel was in this catalog. You might like to know that we have in our 80-year-old house an original Claycraft fireplace mantel, No. 2903. It was made slightly narrower than the image in the catalog in order to fit between the two French doors. The two tiles next to the center were eliminated and the hearth was adjusted accordingly. We are very pleased to have found our fireplace mantel in the catalog. Now we know a little more about the history of our house. We are attaching four pictures of the fireplace, since we thought you might like to see the fireplace and some of the details.
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E-News Correction Request
Hello from Patricia J. Kaszas in San Diego,
I enjoyed your E-News for April/May and was surprised to see the inclusion brief on the El Indio tile water fountain. Thank you for dropping by to see it! However, it is only appropriate to make an important note that it was a co-op effort with another artist, Lynn Render, who also resides in San Diego. Her strength is clay art and mine is tile painting and design. Each tile piece was handcrafted and over 200 tiles were decorated. Between the two of us, it took us over 6 months to complete this endeavor and we are both very proud of it.
New Mural in Jingletown
From Laurel True, Institute of Mosaic Art (IMA)
We just finished a very cool mural that was created during my Mosaic Mural Making Intensive class at IMA. We had a great group of students for this class (from as far afield as Australia, Canada and North Carolina) and we worked really hard to complete this rather large (for a week-long class) mural, which we donated to a neighborhood coffee shop. The mural depicts the Kefa region in Ethiopia, which is one of the oldest coffee growing regions in the world, as well as two cups pouring the elixir of life (coffee, of course) and a traditional, ceremonial coffeepot from Ethiopia. The business owners are originally from Ethiopia and Kefa Coffeehouse is a new, welcome addition to our neighborhood. There were 300 hours in the production of this mural. Fitting to the natural scene depicted, we installed the mural on Earth Day 2008.
Mosaic mural by True Mosaics Studio and students of Mosaic Mural Making Intensive at Institute of Mosaic Art. Design and facilitation by Laurel True. Production and installation by Kim Grant, Pam Goode, Jill Montgomery, Renata Kolarova, Karla Silva-Ruiz, Susannne Takehara, Laurel True and Carol Waldren. Additional production assistance by Deborah Block, Debbie Callen, Kara Graves, Delaine Hackney, Celeste Howell and Rachel Rodi and Lillian Sizemore. Handmade ceramic tile accents by Saundra Warren.
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