Shards 'n Snippets Winter 2014

Joe Taylor of Tile Heritage will join Nawal Motawi of Motawi Tileworks, Ann Arbor, MI for a tile tour of notable historic tile installations as well as an overview, public discussion, of historic and contemporary tiles.

Happy Lunar New Year 2014

Year of the Horse 2014
Do you have, or know of, tiles with horse images? If so, please share them...
We’ll build a page of Horse Tile Images for 2014 . . .
Email: . . . Thank you!

Wow . . . look at those steps!

Tile Benches at Alta Plaza, the "Stairway to Heaven" & “The Hidden Garden Steps” San Francisco CA . . . more from Aileen Barr & Collette Crutcher

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Image by Florian Dejako
Such a wonderful project! Kudos to all of the fundraisers, artists, installers and myriad of other volunteers! Tile Heritage has a “donor tile” in the Hidden Garden Steps . . if you do and want to find it, here is the LINK to the key to the tiles

Happy New Year

Our Warmest Thanks to Tile Heritage Members, Friends & Cheerleaders for their fantastic support of our Fall and Winter Matching Fund Campaign - assisting in Capitalizing the Founders Legacy - 26 years of Archived Collections.

The online Finding Aid Index is taking shape. Funding this process is an ongoing, major challenge and focus of THF and will be for the next 24 months DESIGNED to KEEP the ARCHIVES ALIVE and PUBLICLY ACCESSIBLE for posterity!

All Campaign Donor’s names were in a drawing and the name drawn . . .
THF member Bill Buyok of Avente Tile of Beverly Hills CA

The” Moonlight Murals” were produced and donated by THF members Richard Keit & Mary Kennedy of RTK Studios, Ojai, CA. Senor by Moonlight Mural 8x16.” The lovelorn senor lingers in an archway seizing a moment to serenade the moon. Designed in a Southwestern theme, or Spanish Colonial Revival Style. Senorita by Moonlight Mural 8”x16. A lovely senorita is smitten by the moon takes pause from her tasks. Designed in a Southwestern theme, or Spanish Revival Style.

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Michael Padwee has posted some terrific pictures of Fonthill, Henry Mercer's 'Concrete Castle' as well as the Mercer Museum in Doylestown PA
LINK More recent 'TILISH' links from Michael

"All Together Now "
WONDERFUL MURALS in a new public school (PS312) in Long Island City, Queens, NY.
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About this project, tile maker, fabricator and installer Andru Eron, owner of New York Tilemakers says: “ Artist Ohad Meromi was chosen to design this mural project for the lobby of the new public school, PS312, in Long Island City, Queens. He came to me to make it all happen. Everything was made in my workspace at New York Tilemakers in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. My tasks included all fabrication; creating tiles and mosaics from moist clay, glazing and firing, them. I specified and purchased factory mosaics for the backgrounds - (ordered through Nemo, a company in Jamaica, Queens and the hexagons were an import called ‘Lanka.’) I shaped the factory mosaics and created the layout of all the murals. The face-mount mosaic film was applied next and a grid system executed for the installation. I packed the project for transport to the school site. Next came the installation and grouting. The finished murals consist of four panels, each one is 9 X 9 ft. There are four identifying plaque tiles mounted next to the mural providing the piece title, “Altogether Now,” artist’s names and other pertinent information. The project took about five months to complete.”

. . . More on Mosaic. . . Poetry of a sense of place

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Details of “Making a Mosaic” with George Fishman
Three-minute narrative describing the artistic goals and procedure for making a large pictorial mosaic mural. Beach scene with dolphins and wetlands birds. Locations: studio - Miami Shores, FL; installation First City Bank - Fort Walton Beach, FL Music by Steve Zirkel, Will Taylor and Strings Attached.

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to those who have already CONTRIBUTED! 
*  Fund the Founders Legacy 
* Capitalizing the Collections for Posterity
* Help build a digital Finding-Aid index providing   online Public Access!
MAJOR DONOR INQUIRIES:We have an additional two year Archiving Fulfillment plan with budgets outlined for 2014 & 2015.(Details are available in a formal Strategic Plan document. Email:
 (Contributions to Tile Heritage Foundation are fully tax-deductible as allowed by law. Details of this fundrasing campaign through December 2013 are available: Email:


TIME TO THINK AHEAD TO SUMMER in sunny Italy! An Architectural Ceramics/Tile Workshop with Stephani Stephenson and Marcia Selsor. Location: La Meridiana - about 30 km outside Florence near Certaldo.
Registration is limited . . . .DETAILS

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A Grueby Collector’s New Bathroom
“We recently finished a small bath/powder room in our house, using all Grueby tiles that I had been collecting for 30 years. The floor is of brown hexes. There is a cove in Grueby green, and the tiled portions of the walls are Grueby green and a light toast color, often seen with the green. The oak wood in the bathroom was salvaged from a 1908 mansion in Los Angeles built by the Barrymore family and came from the grand staircase. It’s an impeccable installation by Chuck Fitzgerald, Fitz Tile of El Cajon CA.”
Dave Smith, collector, homeowner.

. . . Send Tile Heritage your ‘Tile Tales’ . . . email: Share pictures and stories of interesting installations both historic and contemporary as well as restorations and other tile treasures! Submission guide lines

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