2010

E-News Winter 2010


Table of Contents
Tile Heritage Revamps Website
Mystery Tile
Giorgini Celebrates Centennial
McCroskey Awarded in Feats
Hilton Wins Prix Primo
Terra-cotta Research Funded
New! E-Book on Tile Making . . . and more



Tile Heritage Foundation 'on line' and 'in print' publications are supported
by our Industry Sponsors

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Tile of the Moment

“Winter Crows”
Tile Heritage Collection
Cirrelda Snider-Bryan, Albuquerque, New Mexico © 2002 READ MORE ....

Tile Heritage Mission

The Tile Heritage Foundation, founded in 1987 as a nonprofit charitable organization, is dedicated to promoting an awareness and appreciation of ceramic surfaces in the United States. The Foundation serves the need for a historical perspective regarding all ceramic surfacing materials, both past and present. In addition to aiding in the education of the public about the rich and varied history of tile, the organization has become a major voice in the preservation of existing installations of rare and unusual ceramic surfaces while enhancing the visibility of contemporary tile work as well.

Tile Heritage involves more than the promotion and protection of tiles, murals and mosaics. The Foundation represents the need to preserve a perception of ourselves. From the time of the earliest cave paintings and molded clay forms, people have always sought to conceptualize themselves and inspire others through artistic endeavors. Safekeeping ceramic surfaces today is an integral part of preserving ourselves, a means of being remembered and understood by future generations.
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Tile Hubs, Organizations & Affiliates

TILE HUBS "Tile Hubs" are designated locations throughout the United States where people can go to talk tiles and seek information about local tile installations....
TILE ORGANIZATIONS
The “Tile Organizations” linked on this page are national and international organizations that the Tile Heritage Foundation is associated with....
AFFILIATES
The Tile Heritage Foundation is an active member of the non-profit organizations noted. READ MORE ....

Tile Heritage Services

Consultation / Research Request / Image Order Form / Image Reproduction & Other Fees /Conditions of Use & Copyright Notice. READ MORE ....

Realizing the Renaissance

RESEARCH
When engaged in specific research, writing papers, preparing talks or just seeking general information, use the Tile Heritage library and research facility which has a growing collection of books, magazines, bulletins and catalogs, slides and photographs, and other materials related to ceramic surfaces. If you are trying to identify tiles from your home or collection or from specific installations, send photographs of the tiles along with a SASE or e-mail a low resolution JPEG file showing the overall installation and close-ups of any decorative tiles. We will do our best to identify them for you or forward the pictures to someone who can. Better yet, make use of the Tile Heritage slide library or the tile catalog collection as a resource. READ MORE ....

Doty Research Grant

THE DOTY RESEARCH GRANT was established in 1992 to stimulate research in the field of ceramic history and conservation. The Grant has been named in honor of Riley Doty, a tile setter, collector and historian, who has dedicated much of his life in recent years to primary research. His willingness to share his knowledge and information with others, freely and openly, has been a continuing source of inspiration.
Grants range from $500 to $5000 for any qualified individual who wishes to engage in primary research or in a preservation endeavor for the enhancement and protection of ceramic surfaces in the United States. Thus far more than $28,000 has been granted. READ MORE ....

E-News Summer/Fall 2010

Crispy Fall Greetings from Sheila & Joe and the staff at Tile Heritage . . . . . .

The THF website has an exciting ‘BRAND NEW’ look!
Tile Heritage Foundation 'on line' and 'in print' publications are supported
by our Industry Sponsors


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Telltale Tiles Exhibition Catalog

Inspiration for the Exhibition
“Tell-Tale Tiles & Fractured Fantasies” was inspired by the rich history of tile and mosaic art in the Philadelphia area over the past 100 years. The online catalog is available for review and can be printed.
Description of the Exhibition
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E-News Spring 2010


Here’s What’s Below!
Winter Bypass
Winter Wins Award
Tell-Tale Tiles & Fractured Fantasies
Tile Heritage Theater at Coverings
Tile Partners Services Humanity
New Books and more
CERF’s Studio Protector
Tiles Needed for Doylestown
Save the Date: Sept. 12th!
Gardiner’s Ceramic Creativity

Link to E-News prior to Spring 2010
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Spirits and Folklore of Ghana


AWARDED "Best Mural" in International category for Precita Eyes Mural Center Awards, San Francisco, CA Title: "Spirits and Folklore of Ghana"
A community project in partnership with Cross Cultural Collaborative, Inc. Facilitated by: Laurel True with Lillian Sizemore, and Anna Webb with participation by community members of Nungua, Ghana Completed: July 2004
Sited at: Aba House Cultural Center, Nungua, Ghana, West Africa Dimensions: 22 feet wide x 6.5 feet high (143 sq. feet) Materials: Ceramic tile, mirror, pebbles, seashells, glass, and mixed media. READ MORE ....

Grueby Masterpiece Rescued







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 well-known Arts and Crafts dealers on both coasts, all of the tiles were carefully removed from the floor, walls and ceiling of a small bathroom and will be conserved for future exhibition. READ MORE ....

Spanish Tiles in New York

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, the 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, without the one-woman catalyst who brought the project to Spain’s attention, it ís unlikely it would have come about. So this is also the account of one woman, Caridad Lopez, Spanish expatriate and West Side Y member, who made it her business to help restore what ís considered to be an architectural masterpiece ñ the 63rd Street YMCA. Her reason, this place reminds her of home. READ MORE ....

Founders Honored by TCNA

For 20 years Joe and Sheila have worked together to preserve the history of ceramic tile and to educate individuals about its beauty through the Tile Heritage Foundation (THF). Founded in 1987 as a nonprofit charitable organization, the Foundation serves the need for a historical perspective regarding all ceramic surfacing materials, both past and present. In addition to aiding in the education of the public about the rich and varied history of tile, the organization has become a major voice in the preservation of existing installations of rare and unusual ceramic surfaces, while enhancing the visibility of contemporary tile work as well. READ MORE ....

W.P.A. Era Mural to return to River

In 1943, the Texas Legislature recognized Ethel Wilson Harris for her role in ìthe revival and perpetuation of Mexican arts and crafts,î skills Spanish friars taught Native Americans long ago on mission grounds, skills almost lost as Americans rushed pellmell into an age where machines mass-produced what once had been crafted carefully by hand. Now, a tile mural created some 70 years ago at her Mexican Arts and Crafts workshop on the banks of the San Antonio River is returning home.
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Mosaic Magic: Niki de Saint Phalle

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 California ís mythic, historic and cultural roots, measures 120 feet in diameter and consists of nine large-scale sculptures, a circular, 400-foot snake wall and maze entryway, sculpturally integrated bench seating, an egg-shaped fountain and native shrubs and trees planted within the interior plaza and along the outer perimeter. The garden opened to the public on October 26, 2003.
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I Build the Tower

Here is 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, Rodiaís great-nephew.

A jewel of a film, I Build the Tower, is magnificent to watch! This is the true story of Sam Rodia, the Italian immigrant who built the world-famous Watts Towers on a small residential lot in South Central Los Angeles over roughly 30 years beginning in the 1920s. READ MORE ....