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Upcoming tile conference in Minnesota
Lecture on California Faience
“Queen of Done”
Tile Maker Now Molds Reality
Discounted Books from THF!
Year End Donations
Yummy Holiday Recipe
Tile Conference in Minnesota!
“Tiles of the Northern Plains: Building on Tradition” is being
presented by the Handmade Tile Association and the Tile Heritage
Foundation in Minneapolis, September 13-17, 2006. The focus of the
conference will be on the remarkable achievements of local tile
makers and mosaic artists as well as the historic traditions that
have nurtured this development. There will be tours, both guided and
self-guided; presentations by noted tile historians; studio
demonstrations and workshops where participants will get a firsthand
view of all the goings on; and exhibitions, at least two planned at
this time, that will feature contemporary tile work and its historic
Keep these dates free: September 13-17, 2006. We all look forward to
seeing each other there! A further description will be forthcoming.
Are Upon Us!
Deadline: December 20, 2005. If you’ve agreed to teach or want to
teach a Tile Heritage “Keeping the Craft Alive” workshop in 2006,
return your application to us by faxing 707 431-8455 by December
20th. If you need an application, please email THF today!
Deadline: December 30, 2005. Postmark for applications and all
related documents. Click on image for elit-tile exhibition details.
Click on English language version as necessary. elit-tile 2006/07 is
open to all artists/ceramists who have mastered firing techniques and
who are also willing to send their work as a donation to the Museum
of Contemporary Ceramics (MCC) in Santo Domingo. The works will not
only increase the museum's collection but also support the ceramics
activities in the Dominican Republic guided by the Igneri Foundation/
Art and Archaeology.
Deadline: February 3, 2006. Entries for the Spectrum Awards and the
Prism Awards, underwritten by Coverings and presented during the
annual convention, April 4-7, 2006 in Orlando, Florida. Spectrum
honors achievement in the use of ceramic tile and Prism honors
architectural achievement in the use of natural stone. Both the
accompanying publicity and the impressive cash prizes make a
submittal well worth the effort! For details on Spectrum click on
www.coverings.com/spectrum-awards-3.html and for Prism
Deadline: February 6, 2006. Postmark date for slides, fee and entry
form for the 16th National Ceramic Competition hosted by The San
Angelo Museum of Fine Arts in San Angelo, Texas. The juror for this
year’s competition is Ann Lancaster, executive director of the
Houston Center for Contemporary Craft. An exhibit of over 100 pieces,
covering a wide spectrum of styles across the United States, Canada
and Mexico, is chosen from often over 1500 entries. The 16th San
Angelo National Ceramic Competition will take place April 21 - 24,
2006. Exhibit continues through June 25, 2006. For more details and
an entry form click on www.samfa.org/NCC/ncc_2006.htm.
California Faience: Family Perspective
THF member and noted tile historian Kirby Brown, whose mother worked
at the California Faience Company in Berkeley, will present a talk
and slide show titled California Faience of Berkeley: A Family
Perspective on Thursday evening, January 26th at The Hillside Club,
2286 Cedar Street in Berkeley. The event, organized by Arts and
Crafts aficionado Tim Hansen, is a fundraiser for The Hillside Club
and The Landmark Heritage Foundation. The entry fee is $12; doors
open at 7:30 p.m. for the 8 p.m. presentation. Kirby is a personable
speaker who clings to detail and always has something new up his
We will be there, and we hope to see you!
“Queen of Done” Washes onto our Shores
So, you might ask, what’s marine biology have to do with ceramic
tile history and conservation? The answer: Brechelle Ware, executive
assistant at Tile Heritage. A free-lance, Renaissance woman,
undaunted by the complexities and trivialities of the tile world, she
commutes from Seattle once a month to work with us in the Tile
Heritage office, library and warehouse for a week’s duration before
returning north. Her principal focus is the conservation of the Tile
Heritage Collection, the cataloging of hundreds of historic and
contemporary tiles that have been donated to the Foundation over the
last 20 years. It’s a most tedious but gratifying task begun several
years ago by Julia Murray, who is now the Foundation’s website
Crowned the “Queen of Done,” Brechelle takes on any task of
whatever complexity, many times without being asked, and completes
the work at a startling rate. Perhaps it’s the diversity of her life
experience that makes her so effective. Under the auspices of
AmeriCorps she has fought wild fires in four states, counseled teens
for the YMCA, volunteered for Habitat for Humanity in Virginia, and
worked with the Metropolitan Police Boys and Girls Club in
Washington, DC. She’s worked for the U.S. Geological Survey in
Alaska, as a bartender and sea kayak guide on Washington’s Olympic
Peninsula, a haute cuisine chef in San Francisco, and an installer of
mosaics on two cruise ships. Oh yes, she has a BS degree in marine
biology from the University of Alaska Southeast in Juneau. Dare we
say she’s one whale of a worker?
Former Tile Maker Molds Reality in Nepal
Anna Sarena Howe (formerly Paula Cornelison), co-founder of the now
closed mid-1990’s tile company, Fourth Bay, of Garrettsville, Ohio,
was honored in November 2005 with forty-seven others as “Unsung
Heroes of Compassion” through Wisdom in Action, San Francisco, and
His Holiness the Dalai Lama. It is a long way from the stresses and
joys of what Mother Earth used to provide when she opened the kiln,
but it has its own acute anxieties and abundant rewards as well.
Since 1994 Anna, with the assistance of Tibetan monk colleagues,
volunteer support, good will dollars, desire and love, has rescued
and created a home for more than one hundred and fifty abandoned and
impoverished children in Kathmandu, Nepal, where she now lives. In
this civil war-torn monarchy high in the Himalayas children are among
the many victims suffering from starvation, abuse and abandonment.
Every three years Wisdom in Action receives nominations for “Unsung
Heroes” worldwide and honors these people for the selfless work they
do on all continents. This year the group of 48 people including Anna
met with His Holiness the Dalai Lama for a blessing ceremony in San
Francisco. Each of these remarkable women and men has made
significant personal sacrifices for the greater good of all beings.
For more information contact Elizabeth Share, Wisdom in Action
Discounted Books in stock for the Holidays!
As a special holiday treat for those of you who choose to order books
from Tile Heritage in the month of December, we will honor member
discounts through the month of December AND ship for free any books
we have currently in stock. These include Norman Karlson’s
Encyclopedia of American Art Tiles; Angelica Pozo’s Making and
Installing Handmade Tile; Sonia King’s Mosaic Techniques and
Traditions; California Tile: The Golden Era 1910-1940 edited by
Joseph Taylor; Margaret Carney’s Flint Faience Tiles A to Z; Ceramic
Art Tile for the Home by DeBorah Goletz; Peter King’s Architectural
Ceramics; Frank Giorgini’s Handmade Tile; Batchelder Tilemaker by
Robert Winter; Ceramic Art of the Malibu Potteries by Ronald Rindge;
The Tile Club and the Aesthetic Movement in America by Ronald Pisano;
Lee Rosenthal’s Catalina Tile of the Magic Isle; and Larry Harris’
The Jewels of Avalon: Decorative Tiles of Catalina Island. Wow, there
are some choices for you! See www.tileheritage.org/THF-Book List.html for pricing.
Member discounts are 5% for those who contribute up to $100 a year;
10% for our Centurian ($100) members; 15% for members who contribute
more than $100 a year; and 20% for our publishing sponsors. Remember:
this month only!
Year End Donations: A Time to Assist Others
First, we’d like to sincerely thank all of you who, as a rule or on
occasion, send checks to Tile Heritage as “end of the year”
donations. Things are different this year, and we’d like to take
this opportunity to encourage you to redirect your generosity. There
is always need in the world, but this year with the devastating
hurricanes that have swept through New Orleans and the Gulf Coast,
that need has hit home as so many Tile Heritage members and friends
have been directly affected. The Anderson family, for example, whose
Shearwater Pottery in Ocean Springs, Mississippi was destroyed under
30 feet of water, has established a nonprofit fund to assist in the
recovery, conservation and restoration of their art work that dates
back to the 1920s. Checks can be sent to the Gulf Coast Community
Foundation, P. O. Box 446, Fairhope, AL 36533. As we reported earlier
in E-News, Tile Heritage pledged $2400 to CERF (Craft Emergency
a 20-year-old nonprofit organization committed to
providing emergency relief to professional craft artists nationwide.
CERF reports an unprecedented need for funds. Click on
www.craftemergency.org for a Fund Raiser Contribution form or call
802 229-2306 for more information.
Tis the season. Let’s make it just a little bit brighter for others.
Yummy Holiday Recipe for Marshmallow Mosaics
2 cups granulated sugar
2/3 cup light corn syrup
1 envelope of granulated gelatin
¼ cup of water
- pinch of salt
1 teaspoon coconut extract
½ cup toasted shredded coconut
¼ cup colored or chocolate sugar sprinkles (jimmies)
- powdered sugar
Spray a 9x9 brownie pan with vegetable spray. Set aside.
Sprinkle gelatin over water to soften.
In a medium saucepan, bring sugar, corn syrup and salt
to a simmer. Stir gently to incorporate all sugar crystals. Bring to
a boil, let boil 1 minute. Remove from the heat.
In a mixer, whisk sugar mixture slowly to release some
steam. Slowly add the gelatin and water. Slowly increase speed on
mixer to high, whisk for several minutes until mixture is white and
Decrease speed to low and add coconut extract. With a
rubber scrapper, sprayed with vegetable spray, scrape marshmallow
mixture into the brownie pan.
Sprinkle evenly with the coconut and colored sprinkle
mixture. Let sit overnight.
To cut and serve: with a hot knife, cut long 1-inch wide
strips and drop onto a plate covered in a layer of powdered sugar.
With scissors, cut the sections into 1-inch long pieces and roll them
in the powdered sugar. Store them covered in an airtight container.
Note: other flavors can be substituted for the coconut, and the
marshmallow can be colored with food coloring when you whisk it.
Multiple batches can be made and designs laid out to form a mosaic
when served. This is a sticky, yummy project for kids (with
supervision) and adults who always have their hands in
Sheila Menzies, Tile Heritage Foundation
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