On October 20, NTCA hosted its first ever NTCA Roundtable Live! Artisan Edition. The goal of this and future artisan roundtables is to infect tile industry professionals with the joy of bringing their finely honed skills to another rewarding level.
Now, NTCA has scheduled a second artist roundtable. The upcoming one-hour NTCA Roundtable Live! Artisan Edition-Session 2 on Tuesday, November 17 at 6:00 p.m. CST, promises to be informational and engaging, with plenty of time for attendee discussion and questions.
Twenty six people attended the initial gathering, and artisan tile setters extraordinaire Joshua Nordstrom of Tierra Tile, Lee Callewaert of Dragonfly Tile & Stoneworks, and Angie Halford Ré of Unique Mosaics LLC gave background on themselves, discussed how tile is used as a medium in the world of the tile artisan creating one of a kind works of art for all types of discrimination clients. They fielded questions from participants and NTCA’s Mark Heinlein, Robb Roderick and Randy Fleming.
Here are just a few of the topics that were discussed during this engaging evening:
- How do you get into the artisan tile market?
- How much creative freedom do you have with your designs?
- What materials do you use?
- What kind of tools do you need?
- How do you develop estimates for such custom work?
- How do you interest your clients in custom designs?
- How much of your work is traditional tile setting and how much is custom?
- How do you develop your renderings and sketches?
- How do you manage the different thicknesses of your materials?
TileLetter editor Lesley Goddin also gave a brief overview of a brand new magazine geared towards custom tile work. TileLetter ARTISAN will publish in the spring and fall next year and will focus on the beauty and precision of artisan tile setting in stunning traditional and custom residential and commercial projects.
The upcoming one-hour NTCA Roundtable Live! Artisan Edition-Session 2 will feature a blend of education and discussion. The session wraps up with the “Ask the REF game,” developed with Custom Building Products and sponsored by the setting materials supplier. This feature poses questions that are derived from the NTCA Reference Manual. In a fun interactive format,participants who answer correctly have a chance to pick swag of their choice from CUSTOM.
Prior to the program, register and receive the link to the Zoom meeting on the NTCA website by going to this link: https://www.tile-assn.com/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1442083&group=
Directly join the Zoom meeting here: https://zoom.us/j/97750161638?pwd=N0NkVk9KczFMcDBkQklpeFcrMU1wUT09.
Looking forward to seeing you on November 17 at 6:00 p.m., CST!
Editorial Director and Senior Writer for TileLetter and TileLetter ARTISAN
Lesley Goddin has been writing and journaling since her first diary at age 11. Her journey has taken her through a career in publishing and publicity, landing her the editor position of TileLetter and its special publications in 2006. Her goal is to educate, inspire, recognize and encourage those in the tile industry -- especially the tile and stone contractor. Other interests include the soft, purring marvels known as cats, labyrinth walking, drumming and percussion, and a range of spiritual, musical and artistic pursuits.