Silver City Arts & Cultural District

Entrepreneurship for Creatives Workshops – FREE

Join us for CLAY’s first-ever workshop series designed to help artists from all disciplines make money from doing what they love. Workshops start Monday, July 16, and run throughout the week.
Presenters include Dr. Miguel Vicéns of the Western New Mexico School of Business; Jane Janson of the Small Business Development Center; Minneapolis potter Robert Briscoe, who founded the St. Croix Valley Pottery Trail; last year’s CLAY juried exhibition winner Marko Fields; and Carly Quinn, owner of Tucson’s Carly Quinn Designs.
Local artists and youth mentors Romaine Begay and Diana Ingalls Leyba will be conducting a special workshop targeting teens that includes a copy of the book “Show Your Work.”
As part of the series, Jamie Rushad Gros, co-founder of Albuquerque marketing and e-commerce firm Calindo Creative, will present a two-day boot-camp style workshop “​Paths to Marketing and Selling your Artwork in a Digital World” on July 18-19 from 10 a.m.-noon both days. On day one registrants will gain a digital marketing overview, learning about branding and e-commerce. On the second day participants will learn social media strategies, search-engine marketing, digital advertising and data analytics.
Workshops are free, but pre-registration is required. For class descriptions and to register, click here.

Register for Hands-On Workshops Today!

Hands-on workshops begin Monday, July 16. Make a rattle or two with Silver City artist Zoe Wolfe, learn how to make clay tell your story with Silver City artist Romaine Begay, become part of the Silver City community with San Antonio artist Patricia Castillo Jolet, learn the basics of building a mud structure with Silver City resident Herbie Marsden, or paint a tile with Tuscon artist Carly Quinn. Register here before spots run out.

WNMU Offers Limited Preview of Museum

In joint celebration of the CLAY Festival and Fleming Hall’s in-progress transformation, the public is invited to a special “sneak peek.” Explore the newly renovated two-story Grand Exhibit Hall and Main Floor filled with selected pieces from the WNMU collections. The museum will then shut its doors until the transformation is complete. Located on the Western New Mexico University campus. Note: College Avenue is closed due to construction; use 12th Street as an alternate route.

Remembering Warren David Nichols

October 9, 1931 – May 20, 2018

Warren David Nichols, age 86, passed away on Sunday, May 20, 2018. He was the beloved grandfather of NTCA Five Star Contractor Bradford Denny, Nichols Tile & Terrazzo Co, Inc., of Joelton, Tenn.

David served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and received a Purple Heart due to being wounded in combat. After his honorable discharge from the Army, he began working for the Art Mosaic Tile Company and became a union member in 1955.

The demands of his job kept him away from home, which is why after he married Juanita Ann Crockett Nichols in 1961 and became a father to her son Billy Jr., he was driven to begin working toward starting his own business. In 1973, after many years of hard work and planning, he proudly opened Nichols Tile & Terrazzo Co. Inc., and his company is currently in its 45th year of operation.

Some of David’s more prominent interests and hobbies included his membership in the Korean War Veterans Association, membership of Masonic Lodge #409, his involvement with the Al Menah Shrine, and his membership at First Baptist Church Joelton. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing, racing go-carts, and playing music with friends. One group that he played with, The Cumberland River Band, played for over eight years at various retirement centers. His love for music went beyond playing and into becoming an amateur machinist so that he could build his own steel guitars.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Juanita Ann Crockett Nichols; parents, Lonnie Jackson Nichols, Sr. and Marjorie Parker Nichols; and brothers Jack Harding Nichols, Charles Edward Nichols, and Lonnie Jackson Nichols, Jr.

Survivors include; stepson Billy Collier (Janet) Denny, Jr.; grandson Brad (Nicole) Denny; granddaughter Amber (Noah) Hunter; great grandchildren McKenzie Hunter, Austin Hunter, Abigail Denny, Aiden Hunter, and Daniel Denny; sister-in-law Helen (James) Payne; nephews Nick, Mark, and Dennis Nichols; nieces Lori Davies, Dawn Wood, and Jennifer Hollandsworth; and cousins Robert “Stretch” Hester, Susanne McIntosh, Debbie Smith, Bobbye June Noland, and Donna Love; and many beloved nieces and nephews from his wife’s family.

A Masonic Service took place on Wednesday, May 23rd, followed by a Memorial Service with Bro. David Royalty officiating. Interment followed at Joelton Hills Memory Gardens.

Active Pallbearers were Brad Denny, Noah Hunter, Austin Hunter, Dennis Bobel, Malcolm Arrington, Nick Nichols, and Dennis Nichols. Honorary Pallbearers were the employees of Nichols Tile & Terrazzo Co., Inc., Paul Arrington, Robert “Stretch” Hester, Thomas Cobble, Glen Perry, Jim Milliken, and the members of the Senior Adult Mens Sunday School Class at First Baptist Church Joelton.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to First Baptist Church Joelton Children’s Playground Renovations. Visit http://fbcjoelton.org/let-the-children-come/forinformation.

Quick Ship Collection Expands for the 2018 Year to Include 61 Spanish Tile Companies

Miami, FL – July 2018 – Tile of Spain, the international brand representing over 120 ceramic tile manufacturers belonging to the Spanish Ceramic Tile Manufacturer’s Association (ASCER), announces new additions to the Tile of Spain Quick Ship Collection. The updated catalog of Spanish tile now includes 61 ceramic tile companies and over 230 products that are available in the U.S.
The Quick Ship Collection reference guide includes a select group of tile products from Spanish manufacturers that are available for immediate purchase in the U.S. and available for delivery within 4-8 weeks. Established in 2013, the collection is updated annually to ensure the most up to date information is available to purchasers.
“Tile of Spain USA is excited to expand the Quick Ship Collection offerings for the sixth year in a row,” states Rocamador Rubio, Director for Tile of Spain. “The last few years have been an integral turning point in ceramic tile technology, and we are overjoyed to be able to bring the latest Spanish tile innovations to the U.S. market.”
New Tile of Spain companies added to the Quick Ship Collection for 2018 include Bellavista, Cevica, Dualgres, and Harmony. These new collections, along with updates from 57 additional ceramic tile companies, are available online at www.tileofspainusa.com/quickship. The Quick Ship Collection’s interactive catalog makes it easy to search the Spanish Tile. Users can search by product category or by company name. Each entry includes the series name, color image, a detailed description of each design, available in sizes and U.S. contact information for purchasing.

Tile of Spain companies in the Quick Ship Collection include: 

Adex Elias Onice Ceramics
Alcalagres El Molino Onix
Alea Emac Oset
Alttoglass Emotion Ceramics Pamesa
Aparici Equipe Peronda
Apavisa Estilker Porcelanicos HDC
Argenta Gayafores Porcelanite Dos
Azulejos Mijares Gres de Aragón Porcelanosa
Azulev Grespania Realonda
Azuliber Halcon Roca Tile
Bellavista Harmony Rosa Gres
Casainfinita Ibero Saloni
Cas Ceramica Inalco Sanchis by Azulev
Ceracasa Keraben STN Ceramica
Ceramica Mayor Keros Ceramica Tau
Cevica Land Todagres
Cicogres La Platera Undefasa
Colorker Levantina Vives
Dualgres Metropol Zirconio
Dune Natucer
El Barco Neolith
To view the Quick Ship Collection, visit http://www.tileofspainusa.com/quickship.

Respirable Crystalline Silica Rule discussions create positive results

Several conference seminars and forums addressed the OSHA Respirable Crystalline Silica Rule and how it affects the tile industry at the Coverings Trade Show held recently in Atlanta. At Total Solutions Plus, taking place October 27th-30th in Grapevine, Texas, we will continue these lively and productive discussions. This is the best way we at NTCA know how to effectively lead, by facilitating group discussions from leaders from the entire industry to help us better interpret the rule and to address best practices in order to help our members stay in compliance.  

NTCA has supported the Tile Council of North America’s (TCNA) efforts to understand the silica issue as it relates to the tile industry by helping to provide the contractor perspective and to assist their research in field testing for their reports. A new report from TCNA addressing California Proposition 65 will be released later this summer.  

In TileLetter’s June issue of Tech Talk (pages 62-70), we covered topics addressed during a Coverings sponsored forum on the OSHA’s Respirable Crystalline Silica Rule. In our coverage, we correctly outlined the real concern that exists if workers do not follow best practices in the tile industry as it relates to respirable crystalline silica exposure. We followed that with specific examples of installation best practices and products being developed to assist in compliance. 

The most important point to understand about respirable crystalline silica as it concerns the tile industry was not pointed out or stated emphatically enough in this article. Here is the bottom line – When tile installers cut ceramic tile with either a snap cutter or a wet saw, the risk level has been proven to be very low. If there is one message that should be shouted from the rooftops to every installer in the field, it is the following: Do not dry cut tile using motorized equipment. Only dry cut tile with a snap cutter. 

Two other activities that every tile contractor must follow in order to be in compliance are:

1) mix dry powder products in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions; 

2) provide approved dust collection equipment when grinding or mechanically disturbing concrete surfaces. 

It is important to be realistic in understanding this issue. It does not make a lot of sense to regularly dry cut tile or use angle grinders without utilizing a sponge or shroud to control the dust. So to think that installers are going to have to completely change the way they work is just not true. However, the information we are garnering from this study can be shared with tile contractors to help them create a safer workplace environment and to remove all concerns that the exposure levels of respirable crystalline silica are a risk to our valued installers.  

The NTCA will work with industry leaders to draft a statement that can be used to help tile contractors and affiliates in the industry to communicate inquiries related to OSHA compliance so that others will understand that tile setting is not a health hazard. 

Homeowner Guide to Finding a Qualified Tile Installer Now Available from the Ceramic Tile Education Foundation

The Ceramic Tile Education Foundation (CTEF), which provides education and installer certification for professionals working in the ceramic tile and stone industry, has published a thorough online guide to finding tile installers specifically geared to homeowners.

“Finding a qualified tile installer can be challenging for homeowners who want someone with the experience and knowledge of how to install tile correctly, without taking shortcuts,” said Scott Carothers, director of training and certification for CTEF.  “They deserve an installation that looks beautiful and performs flawlessly long after that installer is gone. Hiring someone with the proper skill level to do it right the first time is critical to the ongoing use of tile products. That’s why we’ve put together this in-depth guide which focuses on the importance and value of using qualified labor.”

Qualified Labor for Tile Installation

Qualified labor refers to having the most qualified professional perform the specified scope of work rather than basing the decision on the lowest price. The lowest price almost always fails to provide a quality installation complete with unmet consumer expectations.

The Tile Council of North America (TCNA) Handbook committee strongly recommends using installers who have demonstrated their commitment to their craft and taken the time to stay current with the latest materials and methods.  Because tile is a permanent finish, the lowest bid should not be the driving factor, but rather who is the most qualified to perform the scope of the work specified.

The Handbook further defines qualified labor as being provided by the following non-profit organizations and programs:

  • The Advanced Certifications for Tile Installers (ACT),
  • The Ceramic Tile Education Foundation (CTEF),
  • The International Masonry Institute (IMI) Contractor College Program,
  • Journeyman Tile Layer Apprenticeship Program,
  • The Marble Institute of America (MIA) Accreditation for Natural Stone Tile Installation Contractors,
  • The National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA) Five Star Contractors Program,
  • The Tile Contractors’ Association of America (TCAA) Trowel of Excellence Program.

From a technical perspective, qualified labor means having successfully demonstrated a tile installer’s skills that meet tile industry standards and best practices. That is what the Certified Tile Installer (CTI) program does. The CTI designation identifies the professional installer who has reached a level of proficiency to independently and consistently produce a sound tile installation that displays good workmanship. It is the only third-party assessment of tile experience and knowledge.

Certified Tile Installers routinely demonstrate the knowledge, skill, experience, time management abilities and other traits needed to produce high-quality, long-lasting, successful installations using tile industry standards and methods along with time-tested proven best practices which are in place in the United States.

An In-depth Resource Available in Two Formats

The CTEF Homeowner Guide to Finding a Qualified Tile Installer is available online in two formats:

  • A 31-page pdf document that can be downloaded and read
  • An in-depth web page that can easily be read and/or scanned regardless of device whenever it’s needed.

All visuals in the guide represent actual Certified Tile Installer (CTI) installations.

The Certified Tile Installer Program

The CTEF Certified Tile Installer (CTI) program is the only third-party assessment of installer skill and knowledge which is recognized by the tile industry. It offers homeowners peace-of-mind that their tile installer has the right skills to complete a successful tile installation.

The CTI designation identifies the professional installer who has reached a level of proficiency to independently and consistently produce a sound tile installation that displays good workmanship. Certification is the validation of the skills and knowledge of the men and women who presently are installing tile successfully in the United States.

To qualify for the CTI Program, installers must have at least two years of experience as the lead installer setting ceramic tile on a full-time basis. This means having full responsibility for substrate prep, layout, coordinating with other trades along with properly installing underlayment, tile, grout and sealant materials.

The Ceramic Tile Education Foundation (CTEF) which sponsors the CTI program is supported by all segments of the ceramic tile industry. CTEF is headquartered in Pendleton, South Carolina, near Clemson University and near the offices of the Tile Council of North America (TCNA).

To access the guide, please visit https://www.ceramictilefoundation.org/homeowners-guide-to-hiring-qualified-tile-installer.

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About the Ceramic Tile Education Foundation

The Ceramic Tile Education Foundation (CTEF) provides training education and installer certification for professionals working in the ceramic tile and stone industry. Certification programs include the CTEF Certified Tile Installer (CTI) program which is the only third-party assessment of installer skill and knowledge to be recognized by the tile industry, and the Advanced Certifications for Tile Installers (ACT). For more information, visit https://www.ceramictilefoundation.org.

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Knauf and USG Agree to Transaction at $44 Per Share in Cash

Provides Knauf with Lasting Presence in North American Wallboard and Ceilings;
Enhances USG’s Position Worldwide

USG’s Headquarters to Remain in Chicago

IPHOFEN, Germany & CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Gebr. Knauf KG (“Knauf”) and USG Corporation (NYSE:USG) (“USG”) today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement pursuant to which Knauf will acquire all of the outstanding shares of USG in a transaction valued at approximately $7.0 billion. Under the terms of the agreement, USG shareholders will receive $44.00 per share, which consists of $43.50 per share in cash payable upon closing of the transaction and a $0.50 per share special dividend that would be paid following shareholder approval of the transaction. The price represents a premium of 31% to USG’s unaffected closing price of $33.51 and a 36% premium to the $32.36 average closing price for the preceding 12-month period, both as of March 23, 2018, and a multiple of approximately 11.6x USG’s adjusted EBITDA for the 12 months ended March 31, 2018. The transaction was unanimously approved by USG’s Board of Directors. Berkshire Hathaway has agreed to vote its shares in favor of the transaction. As of June 11, 2018, Berkshire Hathaway and its subsidiaries owns approximately 31% of the issued and outstanding shares of USG.

The combined company results in a global building materials industry leader that will maximize Knauf and USG’s highly complementary businesses, products and global footprint to better meet the needs of both companies’ end-market customers. Following the close of the transaction, USG will continue to be managed locally in the United States, and Knauf intends to maintain USG’s existing corporate headquarters in Chicago as well as its facilities in North America.

Alexander Knauf, General Partner of Knauf, said, “We are excited to enter into an agreement to acquire USG. As a long-term USG shareholder, we greatly admire USG’s strong brands, leading market positions in North American wallboard and ceilings and highly talented employee base. We look forward to building on USG’s strong presence in North America.”

“As a family-owned company with a long-term focused business outlook, we believe Knauf is the ideal partner for the business as we intend to make significant investments in USG’s operations and its people,” added Manfred Grundke, General Partner of Knauf. “Our long-term investments will benefit all of USG’s stakeholders, including employees, customers and suppliers.”

Jennifer Scanlon, president and chief executive officer of USG, said, “Our Board has worked diligently to evaluate all strategic options to maximize value for our shareholders, and we are pleased to have reached this agreement which provides our shareholders with significant and certain cash value. We believe this transaction will create new opportunities for both companies’ customers and will benefit USG’s employees who will be part of a truly global building products company. Alexander, Manfred and their team have made clear their high regard for our team, and we are confident that Knauf will help to ensure the long-term success of USG’s operations, brands and employees.”

The transaction is expected to close in early 2019, subject to customary closing conditions, including regulatory approvals and approval by USG shareholders.

The transaction is not subject to any financing conditions. The transaction will be financed from existing cash and committed debt financing.

Morgan Stanley Bank AG is serving as the exclusive financial advisor to Knauf, and Baker McKenzie LLP, Shearman & Sterling LLP and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer are acting as legal counsel to Knauf. J.P. Morgan Securities LLC and Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC are serving as financial advisors to USG, and Jones Day is acting as legal counsel to USG.

NTCA Announces the Addition of ACT Language to AVITRU MasterSpec® for Tiling

The National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA), the world’s largest tile contractor association, announced exciting news regarding changes to the language used in AVITRU (formerly ARCOM) MasterSpec®.

MasterSpec® is a product of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and is the ultimate resource for producing specifications. It is widely used throughout the building design professions. It provides generic specifications that can be customized for particular projects, along with additional guidance on each section. The generic specification language is enormously influential in the construction industry because it represents a “default” position for the architect/designer—that language becomes part of the project documents.

The NTCA is pleased to announce that following the 2013 introduction of Installer Qualifications Language in the Tiling sections of MasterSpec®, effective June 1, 2018, MasterSpec® made amendments to include language on the Advanced Certifications for Tile Installers (ACT).

“We were honored to participate in this effort”, stated Bart Bettiga, Executive Director of the NTCA. “Thanks to the leadership of the International Masonry Institute (IMI), and in particular the efforts of Scott Conwell, our persistence paid off. This was yet another driving force in our continued efforts to have qualified labor specified to install tile.”

The addition to the sections listed below is a short but significant sentence addressing quality assurance in the installation of tile, a provision tagged as optional for the specifier to include as a project requirement.

  • Section 093013 – Ceramic Tiling
  • Section 093023 – Glass Tiling
  • Section 093033 – Stone Tiling
  • Section 093500 – Chemical-Resistant Tiling

“Installer employs at least one installer for Project that has completed the Advanced Certification for Tile Installers (ACT) certification for installation of [mud floors] [mud walls] [membranes] [shower receptors] [gauged porcelain tile/gauged porcelain tile panels/slabs] [large format tile].  www.tilecertifications.com

The intent of The Advanced Certifications for Tile Installers (ACT) program is to provide a level of consumer confidence for tile installation procedures that exceed ANSI standards and TCNA guidelines for floor and wall.  ACT- certified installers represent the pinnacle of performance in the tile trade and maintain a level of excellence superior to non-ACT certified installers.

“The introduction of the ACT Certification language in MasterSpec® signifies the design industry’s focus on qualified labor”, commented Scott Conwell, Director of Industry Development & Technical Service for the International Masonry Institute.  “This is a victory for the tile industry. The requirement for qualified labor, and specifically for ACT-certified installers, will effectively eliminate unqualified contractors from bidding tile projects that carry this requirement, and will direct more work to signatory tile contractors.”

Bettiga concluded, “The new language in MasterSpec® will call for ACT Skills to be specified which we hope manufacturers, distributors and contractors will put an emphasis on as well.  Our contractors need to embrace the certification and training and the manufacturers and suppliers need to support it.”

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NTCA is a non-profit trade association serving every segment of the industry, spearheading education for the professional installation of ceramic tile, natural stone and allied products.  For more information, please contact NTCA executive director Bart Bettiga at [email protected], via telephone at (601) 939-2071, or visit www.tile-assn.com.

 

NTCA Announces Winners of the 2018 Five Star Contractor Project of the Year

The National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA), the world’s largest tile contractor association announced the winners of its sixth annual NTCA Five Star Contractor Project of the Year Awards at Coverings 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia.

NTCA’s Five Star Contractor Awards were presented for both Commercial and Residential Tile Installations. Many submissions were received and judged via the following criteria: Scope (size of project), Complexity (challenges), Technical Soundness (resolution of challenges) and Design & Presentation (overall appearance, layout and artistic value). 

This year’s judges included: 

  • Kent Klaser of Ceramic Tile and Stone Consultants, Inc., San Diego, CA
  • Gregory Mowat of Forensic Tile Consultants, San Diego, CA
  • Richard P. Goldberg of Professional Consultants International, LLC, Avon, CT

Sponsored by Daltile, NTCA Five Star Contractor Grand Prize Award winners received a custom plaque and were awarded two round-trip airfare tickets and a two-nights hotel stay in Atlanta for the Coverings Show.

GRAND PRIZE – COMMERCIAL
By Christian Brothers Flooring & Interiors, Lakeside, Calif.

The Mesa Commons installation in Irvine, CA resulted in a striking visual appearance, design and layout, and the complex environmental challenges overcome during construction are those a NTCA Five Star Contractor could solve easily with its specialized training. To bring this spec to life, Christian Brothers had to overcome constraints caused by weather conditions up to 100 degrees and soaring exterior heights.  The project was also exemplary in the use of porcelain tile to integrate interior and exterior design with common palette of colors, textures and features.

GRAND PRIZE RESIDENTIAL
by Visalia Ceramic Tile, Visalia, Calif.

Workmanship and artistic qualities brought the Hoffman Residence in Fresno, CA to life. A challenging mixture of both natural stone and ceramic presented the opportunity for Visalia to showcase its Five Star Contractor skills. This residential project showcased new product and installation technologies, as well as the unique capability of tile assemblies to integrate other underlying building systems such as radiant heat and building envelope waterproofing.

 

GRAND PRIZE
COMMERCIAL ELITE
By David Allen Company

David Allen Company of Raleigh, NC was the recipient of the Five Star Grand Prize Award for Commercial Elite Project of the Year (over $1 million). Nearly 80,000 square feet of marble and tile were meticulously installed in the new Kimpton Tryon Park Hotel in Charlotte, NC. Of the many complexities which presented themselves working in a metropolitan area, the narrow doorways offered a unique opportunity for this contractor to showcase its innovative thinking. The team built custom narrow crates and stocked all of the materials required for each guest room into a single crate; saving time and labor on the job.

A trusted Five Star Contractor was preferred and required to partner with the General Contractor to address these many challenges, because the technical challenges associated with this project would need the involvement of an industry-leading trained expert.

NTCA Five Star Contractor Residential and Commercial Project of the Year Achievement of Excellence Awards were also presented. These included:

Residential

  • Floorology for Nature-Made Bathroom
  • W. Sanders Tile & Stone Contracting for Classic Inspiration with Modern Luxury for Her Bathroom Remodel

Commercial

  • David Allen Company for Chancery of Morocco
  • J&R Tile for the Hotel Valencia Riverwalk
  • Artcraft Granite, Marble & Tile Co., for Arizona State University Memorial Union

Commercial Elite:

  • ProFast Commercial Flooring for Sagamore Hotel
  • California Tile Installers for Apple Campus 2 Gateway Tunnel

 “We would like to thank our contest judges and sponsor for their support and of course, all of the Five Star Contractor Members who submitted incredible projects.” stated Bart Bettiga, Executive Director of the NTCA. “Each of these winning installations, as well as the other submitted projects, clearly demonstrates the value of engaging an NTCA Five Star Contractor in such complex arenas. Job site issues such as a confined urban site, mixed product media, material delivery and staging restrictions, new technologies, creative coordination with other trades, and solving problems quickly are exemplary traits of our Five Star Contractors.”

Call for Entries for the 2019 Five Star Contractor Awards will begin January 15, 2019.

Artaic Welcomes New Design Team Member

Alexandra Thayer Joins as Residential Design Consultant

Artaic, designer and fabricator of architecturally compelling mosaics, is excited to welcome Alexandra Thayer as its new Residential Design Consultant. Joining Artaic’s Boston design studio, Thayer will consult and assist on the design and creation of the company’s residential mosaic projects.
Thayer brings three years of communications and interior design experience to Artaic, with a strong background both personally and professionally in the residential market. Her combined focus on the development of creative design solutions and technical knowledge of interiors will allow her to seamlessly fit Artaic’s stunning mosaics into projects being slated for renovation or those that are new construction.
“Alexandra’s pulse on both the design industry and her experience in communications make her an asset to our growing team,” says Ted Acworth, Founder of Artaic. “We look forward to integrating her insights and expertise into our rapidly expanding residential design business.”
At Artaic, Thayer will be working hand-in-hand with homeowners, as well as residential interior designers and architects. Thayer will also work alongside the company’s lead mosaic designer to produce renderings of designs utilizing the brand’s proprietary Tylist™ software. She will play a dynamic role in supporting the company’s ongoing expansion into the residential market, facilitating and managing projects, while also also forging relationships with the local design community in New England, as well as across the U.S.
“I’m excited to join such a talented and passionate team,” says Thayer. “Artaic’s company mission—to make mosaics more accessible to all who appreciate the craft—is inspiring and motivating. It’s a privilege to be able to use my skills as an interior designer to help bring this artform into the homes of families who will cherish the installations for years to come.”
To learn more about Artaic, please visit www.artaic.com.

Crossville Announces Shelby Ferriter as Common Thread for the Cure Scarf Design Contest Winner

Scarves In Production Now, Proceeds from Sales to Support Common Thread for the Cure

Crossville, Tennessee – Crossville Inc. has announced Shelby Ferriter as creator of the winning design for the company’s biennial Common Thread for the Cure Scarf Design Contest. Ferriter’s scarf concept, one of five designs that made it to the final round of online voting, garnered the most votes to earn the honored recognition. Her original pattern is being used to produce scarves that will be made available for purchase later this year, with proceeds going to fund Helping Hands grants through Common Thread for the Cure Foundation.

Ferriter is a recent graduate of the University of Tennessee with a Bachelor of Science in Interior Architecture and will soon begin her career at Looney Ricks Kiss, an architecture and interior design firm in Memphis, Tennessee. In addition to seeing her design produced on this year’s scarf, she will receive a Crossville prize pack valued at $200, and a $3,500 tax deductible donation to Common Thread for the Cure foundation will be made in her name.

In describing the inspiration behind her scarf design, Ferriter explains that she focused on empowering individuals battling breast cancer. Each element in her original pattern supports the idea of empowerment.

“The mountains are not only part of Crossville’s logo, but also a symbol of the climb that individuals with breast cancer are going to face. With each step, with each day, with each dollar raised, we get closer to the top of the mountain and closer to finding a cure,” Ferriter shares. “The mountains are wrapped in a pink ribbon, which is an international symbol for breast cancer awareness. My hope is that when those battling cancer wear this scarf they are reminded of the strength they hold and are encouraged to keep fighting, everyday, because slowly but surely, we will climb to a cure.”

“We’re excited for Shelby and for the chance to see her winning design come to life on this year’s scarves,” says Lindsey Waldrep, Crossville’s vice president of marketing. “As she launches her professional career in interior design, we hope she shares the message of Common Thread for the Cure with her colleagues and leads the next generation of designers to join in supporting this worthwhile cause.”

In addition to the biennial scarf contest and annual programs to raise awareness during October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Crossville contributes a portion of the proceeds from the sale of select glass mosaic collections to support Common Thread for the Cure’s Helping Hands grants. For more information, visit crossvilleinc.com.

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