Shards 'n Snippets Winter 2015

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The BOOK …. and Exhibition Catalog ….
Available now!
275 pages of pictures and story - $48. plus tax and shipping.
Email:Kirby Brown for purchase details.



Of Cottages and Castles: The Art of California Faience
FEBRUARY 22 – MAY 17, 2015
Crocker Art Museum Sacramento CA
More exhibition details
. . .During the first half of the 20th century, the period we refer to as the ‘Golden Era’ in tile making on the West Coast, few companies excelled in the craft of pottery and tile making as did California Faience. The simplicity of the form coupled with the quality of the glaze came to represent the quintessence of Arts and Crafts ideals. Historian Kirby Brown tells this remarkable story from a grandson’s perspective, with his heart in every illustrative detail.
Joseph Taylor, Tile Heritage Foundation. is breathtaking to see this extraordinary clay work.. WOWZERS! here's the video with the artist/maker
Casa Terracota in Colombia by Octavio Mendoza
Shared by CFILEonline
Clay House

This house is 100% fired clay! At 5,400 square feet it might be the largest piece of pottery in the world.
It is time to pack your bags to go on an adventure to see another crazy pottery inspired home. This time we are headed to Colombia to see Casa Terracota
Follow the link to learn & see more:…/

The 2015 Handmade Tile Association Directory is now available . . . It’s FREE! order a copy or download a copy

The Handmade Tile Association LLC. is a diverse group of independent members and volunteers, including: handmade tile and mosaic artists, tile historians, tile setters, tile showrooms and galleries, tile organizations, material suppliers, educators, design services, and tile related fields all across the United States…. more details…

Wow! is THIS ever fun!
…. just received from Robin Brown, staff reporter for The News Journal Media Group / Delaware…
Great terra cotta tiles salvaged and reinstalled…..

… click HERE or on the image for details
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Robin wrote….
“I though your readership might find this interesting.
The story is about terra cotta tiles that were handmade in 1949 for an Oldsmobile dealership, salvaged when the building was torn down & now the focal point of a new Division of Motor Vehicles building here. My story also has a photo gallery – at the END of the article -- with individual close-ups of tiles that show automotive parts & accessories, which I found absolutely enchanting. The tiles also include Oldsmobile’s old emblem with a winged spur for “harnessing horsepower.”

“Tile Delights” from the Tile Heritage Image Collection Archive
…. posted weekly via social media in 2014 - look for many more in 2015

Postings of “Tile of the Week” to the Foundation Facebook page is a wonderful contribution by THF Volunteer (behind the scenes) Linda Huang - The images were chosen from the THF archives by THF Collections Manager, Brechelle Ware. Brechelle also posted forward the entire year from Facebook to Pinterest.. and there IS lots of INTEREST at both locations..THANK YOU BOTH!

.. also on THF FACEBOOK page …

Tiles tell tales! Your inspirations and life stories, the crafting of tiles and installations, the challenges of showroom encounters, the scholarly research in the field. Appreciate too the work and innovations of those who have come before you during centuries past! These stories are among the 40,000+ documents and 40,000+ images preserved for posterity at Tile Heritage.

 (Contributions to Tile Heritage Foundation are fully tax-deductible as allowed by law.)

* Fund the Legacy of Tile History in 2015
* Capitalizing the Collections for Posterity
* Help continue to build the digital Finding-Aid Index providing online Public Access!


Point Dume’s newly rebuilt county fire station has a FAB ceramic tile mural “Tapestry of Dreams” by Matt Doolin of Topanga Art Tile



Since 1992 Tile Heritage has provided over $29,000 in GRANT FUNDING for tile-related research in the United States through the Doty Research Grant which is funded exclusively by Tile Heritage members and stimulates primary research in ceramic tile history and conservation.

This is a vibrant, active and important aspect of the Foundation.
See how to apply for a
Doty Research Grant
Review a list of recipients and projects funded with a Doty Research Grant


The quote to the right is from the book “
Flint Faience Tiles A to Z” by Margaret Carney, Phd. (Doty Grant recipient 1998 & 2002) and Ken Galvas . . .

Enhance the DOTY RESEARCH GRANT FUND with your support today.

Thank you!

Deadline for entries - Feb 27 2015.
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details ….
Notification of Jury Results - Mar 17 2015.
Show dates - Apr 17 2015 thru May 30 2015
Show dates - Apr 17 2015 thru May 30 2015 ….

Call for Entry Deadline June 15th 2015
CONCEPT The Silver City CLAY Festival’s International Juried Exhibition, CLAY in the Garden, requires that each entry demonstrates the artist’s personal interpretation of “CLAY in the Garden,” whether that be in the form of a ceramic vessel, tile, sculpture or garden ornament. Entries will be juried based on creativity and artistic merit.
2015 international juried exhibition

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So many
Thanks for your support in 2014
. . . together the THF Archives are protected for posterity

First day of Winter . . . .


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