Beaver Tile and Stone expands their offering of in stock product lines

Beaver Tile and Stone, a proud member of the Olympia Tile Group, is expanding their offering of in stock produt lines for immediate availability for their customers. Beaver Tile now offers 45 different produt series in stock in their Michigan warehouses.

In addition, Beaver Tile is able to provide quick turn around time on over 150 million square feet of inventory available at their parent company, Olympia Tile and Stone in Toronto, Canada.

“It it critical now for contractors and consumers to have access to products for immediate use. The COVID shutdown has put great stress on the construction industry and we are doing our part to make tile immediately available to smooth out the construction process,” says Derrick Rose, VP of Operations at Beaver Tile.

Beaver Tile and Stone, founded in 1964, is a full-service ceramic tile and stone wholesale distributro with locations throughout Michigan. For locations, design inspiration and product offerings, visit www.beavertileandstone.com.

LATICRETE Names Patrick Millot CEO

Rothberg to retain Chairmanship, company staying 100% family-owned

July 20, 2020, Bethany, Conn. — LATICRETE, a leading manufacturer of globally proven flooring solutions, has named Patrick Millot as its next Chief Executive Officer. He succeeds David A. Rothberg, who continues as Chairman of the Board. Millot joins LATICRETE on August 10, 2020 after a multi- faceted and accomplished career with the Fortune Global 500 company, Saint-Gobain.

Patrick Millot, LATICRETE CEO

“I am thrilled and honored by this opportunity! LATICRETE is a wonderful success story and a great global company with a leading brand in construction,” said Millot, in a phone call from Lexington, Massachusetts.

“Patrick comes to us after a successful career in manufacturing and omni channel distribution for the industrial and construction industries. Patrick’s experience running a larger globalized business will be a booster rocket to accelerate all of the wonderful work done to date at LATICRETE,” said Rothberg. “I remember the excitement, forty-two years ago when l came to work with my father, mother and brother Henry at LATICRETE, a 100% family-owned business. Now, as Chairman, I see the same focused enthusiasm in Patrick and am delighted that together, we will ensure continuity of our culture and values, while he takes our innovation, customer centricity and globalization to the next level. I am confident that Patrick will effectively take up the mantle begun with my parents, and transition seamlessly into his new role propelling LATICRETE forward.”

Millot will be ably supported by the existing seasoned LATICRETE corporate leadership team, who will now report to him. “I very much look forward to working with Patrick. It is a prime opportunity to reassess and prioritize opportunities within our businesses to provide our clients more and better tools for use in a fast-changing business environment,” said Edward Metcalf, LATICRETE North America President and Chief Operating Officer.  

“I look forward to partnering with Patrick and leveraging his broad international experience to accelerate the execution of our vision,” said Erno de Bruijn, President and Chief Operating Officer of the LATICRETE International Division.

Millot most recently served as CEO of Abrasives and Composites Systems at Saint-Gobain, a manufacturer of high-performance materials and building products. In this position, he led a division overseeing 12,300 employees from 88 sites in 30 countries. Before being promoted to Systems CEO, Millot served as President of the Ceramic division, and previously as Vice President of corporate planning, strategy and finance of the High Performance Materials sector. He started his 24-year career at Saint-Gobain in finance and strategy before being promoted to General Manager of the Reinforcement Division. He earned an engineering degree from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Paris, holds a master’s in Economics, a LL. M. in International and European law and is a graduate from the Ecole Normale Supérieure. He is married and has three sons. He will be relocating from Boston to Connecticut.

Call for Entries: Tile of Spain Awards 2020

Miami, FL July 2020 – The Spanish Ceramic Tile Manufacturers’ Association (ASCER) announces the call for entry for the annual Tile of Spain Awards of Architecture, Interior Design and Final Degree Project. Sponsored by Endesa, and the Spanish Institute for Foreign Trade (ICEX), the Tile of Spain Awards have forged a prestigious reputation, promoting the use of Spanish ceramic tiles in architecture and interior design projects worldwide. In previous years the panel of judges was chaired by prestigious architects:

  • Jacob van Rijs
  • Jorge Silvetti
  • Iñaki Ábalos
  • Emilio Tuñón
  • Manuel Gallego
  • Juan Navarro Baldeweg
  • Alberto Campo Baeza
  • Gonçalo Byrne
  • William J.R. Curtis
  • Terence Riley
  • Eduardo Souto de Moura
  • Carlos Ferrater
  • Luís Moreno Mansilla
  • Patxi Mangado
  • Guillermo Vázquez Consuegra
  • Mathías Klotz
  • Benedetta Tagliabue
  • Víctor López Cotelo

The panel of judges for the 2020 edition has yet to be confirmed.   

The Tile of Spain Awards have a prize fund of €39,000 ($44,082) shared between three categories. The two main categories, Architecture and Interior Design, each have cash prizes of €17,000 ($19,214). The Final Degree Project award has a cash prize of €5,000 ($5,625). The panel of judges is also entitled to give two special mentions in each category.  

Entries from Spain and abroad are being accepted now through October 23, 2020. Visit www.tileofspainawards.com to enter the contest or learn more about the Tile of Spain Awards.

About the Awards

The objective of the Tile of Spain Awards is to promote the use of Spanish ceramic tiles in architecture and interior design projects (both in Spain and abroad). The program boasts a consolidated trajectory and are held in high esteem by architecture professionals. 

The Tile of Spain Awards offer cash prizes totaling over $44,000 that are divided among three areas. The two main categories – Architecture and Interior Design – each have a cash prize of over $19,000. Special mentions may also be made in both categories, based on the judges’ criteria. The third category, the Final Degree Project, targets students of architecture and has a cash prize of over $5,000. In all three categories, entries are welcome from both Spanish and international participants. 

The award ceremony will be held in Valencia during CEVISAMA 2021. Full details of this and previous editions of the awards are available at www.tileofspainawards.com


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Recent Data from Procore on Jobsite Workers’ Hours Indicates Employment May Have Leveled Off; Immediate Federal Investment in Infrastructure, Relief for States is Needed to Avoid New Downturn

Construction employment increased from May to June in 31 states and the District of Columbia, but the gains may have stalled, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America of government employment data released today and a compilation of weekly jobsite hours by construction technology firm Procore. Association officials urged officials in Washington to promptly enact funding for infrastructure projects and plug looming state and local budget deficits to head off a new round of job losses.

“The widespread job gains in June follow even more universal increases in May,” said Ken Simonson, the association’s chief economist. “But the government’s employment snapshot was based on payrolls during the week of June 12. More recent data collected by Procore on hours worked on jobsites suggests employment topped out around mid-June and may have begun to decline.”

Simonson observed that users of Procore’s software record the number of hours worked each week on their construction job sites. Procore reported that jobsite hours reached a peak of 15.1 million during the week of June 7-13. Since then, preliminary totals have slipped, to 15.0 million during the week of June 14-20 and 14.6 million during the week of June 21-27.

Procore has been mapping total jobsite hours in each state since the week of March 1, around the time of the initial restrictions on businesses in some states. Jobsite hours have increased in most states as shutdown orders were relaxed and the weather grew more favorable for construction in many locations. Nevertheless, in 12 states Procore users logged fewer jobsite hours in late June than in early March, Simonson noted.

New York added the most construction jobs from May to June (42,000 jobs or 14.2 percent). Massachusetts had the largest percentage increase (16.3 percent, 19,700 construction jobs). Construction employment declined from May to June in 18 states and was unchanged in Alaska. Louisiana lost the most construction jobs (-3,900 jobs, -3.1 percent). Nevada had the highest percentage loss (-3.5 percent, -3,500 jobs).

From June 2019 to June 2020, construction employment increased in 15 states, decreased in 34 states and D.C., and held steady in Wyoming. Utah added the most construction jobs over the year (10,200 jobs, 9.4 percent). South Dakota had the largest percentage increase (13.7 percent, 3,200 jobs). Both states set all-time highs, in records dating to 1990. New York lost the most construction jobs over the year (68,300 jobs, -16.8 percent). The largest percentage decline occurred in Vermont (-29.4 percent, -4,500 jobs).

Association officials warned that recent flare-ups of coronavirus across most states mean there will soon be more project cancellations, forcing contractors to lay off workers again. They urged Congress and the Trump administration to promptly enact new infrastructure funding measures and backfill the massive budget gaps that have opened in state and local government budgets, so that public construction does not decline precipitously.

“Only the federal government has the means to keep infrastructure and other needed public construction on track,” said Stephen E. Sandherr, the association’s chief executive officer. “It would be tragic to miss the opportunity to support the economy, keep thousands of construction employees at work, and invest in much-needed upgrades to roads, transportation facilities, water and sewer systems.”

View the state employment data, 12-mo, 1-mo rankings, map and high and lows. Click here for Procore’s data.

ABC’s Construction Backlog Indicator Up in June; Contractor Optimism Grows

WASHINGTON, July 14—Associated Builders and Contractors reported today that its Construction Backlog Indicator rose to 8.1 months in June, an increase of 0.2 months from May’s reading. CBI is down approximately 8% from its June 2019 level. Every region except the Middle States experienced an increase in backlog in June compared to May, according to an ABC member survey conducted from June 20-July 1.

Additionally, the survey indicates that confidence among U.S. construction industry leaders increased regarding staffing levels, profit margins and sales in June. Construction sales and staffing levels are expected to expand over the next six months, while profit margins are expected to decline.

ABC’s Construction Confidence Index readings for sales, profit margins and staffing levels expectations all increased in June, although profit margin expectations remain below the threshold of 50, indicating ongoing expectations of contraction. More than 47% of contractors expect their sales to increase over the next six months compared to 39% who expect declining sales over that period.

  • The CCI for sales expectations increased from 44.9 to 51.1 June.
  • The CCI for profit margin expectations increased from 41.7 to 47.
  • The CCI for staffing levels increased from 53 to 56.

“While backlog has been stable over the past two months, current readings may be hiding some latent weakness,” said ABC Chief Economist Anirban Basu. “Many contractors indicate that projects are being placed on hold. Some of this may be due to public health or jobsite-specific concerns, but tighter financial conditions also play a role. When projects are postponed, they remain embedded within contractor backlog, but near-term revenue suffers and the probability of outright project cancellation rises.

“Contractors are also reporting greater competition for projects, which is consistent with suppressed profit margins,” said Basu. “Nearly two in five contractors expect profit margins to shrink over the next six months, with nearly 9% expecting a sharp hit to margins. A year ago, fewer than 1% of contractors expected a sharp contraction in margins and a majority expected margins to keep rising. According to the latest survey, fewer than one in three contractors expect margins to rise over the next six months.”

Note: The reference months for the Construction Backlog Indicator and Construction Confidence Index data series were resived on May 12, 2020. All previously reported quarters and months shifted forward by one period to better reflect the timing of when the surveys were conducted.

Click here for historical CCI and CBI data and here for methodology. Visit abc.org/economics for the CBI and CCI reports, plus analysis of spending, employment, GDP and the Producer Price Index.

Associated Builders and Contractors is a national construction industry trade association established in 1950 that represents more than 21,000 members. Founded on the merit shop philosophy, ABC and its 69 chapters help members develop people, win work and deliver that work safely, ethically and profitably for the betterment of the communities in which ABC and its members work. Visit at abc.org

Rollback to National Environmental Policy Act speeds up approval for federal infrastructure projects

Yesterday, President Trump finalized a rollback to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), by speeding up approval for federal projects like pipelines, highways and power plants. 

Thaddeus Lightfoot, a partner at the international law firm Dorsey & Whitney who has spent almost three decades specializing in environmental law. and was previously a trial attorney with the US Department of Justice, has read all 301 pages of the new rule. What follows is his analysis of the pros and the cons of the new ruling.

“Today, the Trump administration Council on Environmental Quality (“CEQ”) promulgated final rule with the most sweeping changes to the regulations since the CEQ initially promulgated them in 1978. Many of the changes are welcome and will improve the environmental review process under the National Environmental Policy Act (“Act”). But some are highly controversial and appear to undermine NEPA’s goal of placing consideration of a project’s environmental effects on the same level as economic and other considerations,” Lightfoot says. 

“President Nixon signed NEPA into law on January 1, 1970. Although the Senate sponsor hailed the law upon enactment as “the most important environmental statute ever enacted,” the statute is skeletal in nature and lacks detail. Theodore J. Lowi, a professor of government at Cornell University, in his 1971 book The Politics of Disorder opined that ‘NEPA states a whole lot of lofty sentiments . . . but there is no law to be found anywhere in the act.’ For the NEPA’s first eight years, there were no regulations construing the statute, but there were numerous federal court decisions, including United States Supreme Court decisions, interpreting the law. In 1978, the CEQ promulgated a comprehensive set of regulations governing federal agency implementation of NEPA which largely codified federal decisions in the statute’s first eight years. CEQ has issued numerous guidance documents on statutory implementation since 1978 but has made only limited modifications to its NEPA rules,” Lightfoot said. 

Substantial and substantive modifications to nearly every rule

“The Trump administration’s final rule changes all that. The final rule makes substantial and substantive modifications to virtually substantially every significant CEQ rule.,” Lightfoot continued. “Many of the modifications will improve a NEPA environmental review process that often takes too long and costs too much. For example, the final rule establishes a presumptive time limit of two years for the preparation of environmental impact statements (EISs) and one year for the preparation of environmental assessments (EAs), and presumptive page limits. The presumptive time and page limits, which federal agencies may modify for more complex projects, should encourage more efficient action by agencies. Where NEPA review of a single project involves multiple agencies, which is common for larger projects with a number of environmental permits and approvals, the new rules require federal agencies to establish joint schedules, prepare a single EIS, and issue a single record of decision approving the EIS, where appropriate. Lead federal agencies also will have a stronger role in resolving disputes with other agencies cooperating in the NEPA review process. And the rules should reduce duplication by facilitating use of documents prepared by State, Tribal, and local agencies to comply with NEPA,” Lightfoot said. 

“But certain provisions in the new rule appear to undermine NEPA. The most significant change in the CEQ rules is the modification of the definition of the term ‘effects.’ The term is undefined in NEPA’s statutory language but the former CEQ rules defined both direct and indirect effects,” he added. “The former rules also required an evaluation of ‘cumulative impacts,’ which it defined as a project’s incremental impact ‘when added to other past, present, and reasonably foreseeable future actions  . . . .’ The new CEQ rule no longer expressly eliminates cumulative impact analysis, as did the proposed version of the rule published for public comment in January 2020. But the final rule still eliminates the distinction between ‘direct’ and ‘indirect’ effects, and repeals the ‘cumulative impact’ definition. In place of the former definitions, the new CEQ rule requires analysis of only those ‘effects’ that are reasonably foreseeable and have a reasonably close ‘causal relationship’ to the proposed action. In making these changes, the new rule appears to be an attempt to narrow the scope of NEPA analysis and potentially eliminates the need to assess climate change in NEPA reviews. Although numerous federal courts hold climate change must be a part of a NEPA review, CEQ claims it may change the rule because ‘the terms direct and indirect effects[,] and cumulative impact do not appear in the statute and thus their use is not required by NEPA.’ CEQ Response to Comments at 465. That conclusion is certain to draw a legal challenge.

Project proponents have greater role in preparing EISs

“There are two significant changes under the rule which, although controversial, appear to be consistent with NEPA’s purpose of placing environmental considerations on the same level as economic and other considerations ensuring. The first would allow project proponents to assume a greater role in preparing EISs with appropriate disclosure of financial or other interests and with supervision and independent evaluation by the agency. CEQ’s former rules allows project proponents to provide information for an agency’s use in NEPA reviews and prepare an EA, but prohibited a project proponent or its contractor from preparing an EIS. Some critics allowing project proponents to actually draft some or all of an EIS, which federal agencies would then independently evaluate, is like the ‘fox guarding the chicken coop’ or the ‘fox guarding the hen house.’ In reality, the change in the final rule simply extends to the EIS the flexibility project proponents have long had in preparing EAs. The process has worked well for EAs and should also work well in preparing EISs, so long as federal agencies carefully evaluate the project proponent’s work product and conduct an independent evaluation of the draft EIS analysis. Public comment on an EIS remains unchanged and provides the public with the ability to submit information criticizing the work of the federal agency. The comment public process should ensure agencies do not act as mere rubber-stamps for EISs, just as it has in the EA process,” Lightfoot said. 

“Major federal action” left undefined

“A second controversial change in the new rule that appears consistent with NEPA’s purpose is the change in the definition of ‘major federal action.’ NEPA’s statutory language requires a ‘detailed statement’ for ‘major Federal actions significantly affecting the quality of the human environment,’ but does not define the term ‘major federal action.’ Although the CEQ rules offered a definition in the 1978 rules, federal courts have continued to struggle with when NEPA applies. Known as the ‘small federal handle’ problem, the analysis focuses on how much federal funding or control ‘federalizes’ a project and triggers NEPA review. The new rule attempts to resolve the issue by stating NEPA does not apply where a federal agency’s role involves ‘minimal’ federal funding or control. According to the CEQ response to comments on the draft rule, this changes codifies case law distinguishing the federal role (that is, the ‘major federal action’) from a proposed project’s degree of environmental effects. Other cases that focus on the consideration of effects before determining NEPA does not apply are wrongly decided, according to the CEQ. The clarification in the new CEQ rule may make resolving the issue a bit easier for the courts,” Lightfoot says.  

“Given its sweeping changes, the new CEQ rule revisions will be challenged. However, those challenges will face some unusual hurdles. Under the NEPA statute, federal agencies must report the environmental impacts of their actions that significantly affect the quality of the human environment. NEPA’s statutory language commands virtually nothing else. To prevail in a challenge of the new CEQ rules, litigants will have to establish the changes are inconsistent with a law forcing federal agencies to alter environmental review such that it no longer meets the a statute that Professor Lowi described as having ‘no law to be found anywhere in the act.'” Lightfoot says. 

Ad Council’s “Find Something New” Campaign advocates training in the trades

On Tuesday, July 14, the Ad Council — in collaboration with the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board (AWPAB), Apple, IBM and more than 200 members of the White House’ Business Roundtable — launched a new campaign that encourages those whose jobs have been impacted by COVID-19 or who are in search of new careers to seek retraining in other fields, which include trade and vocational training.

The campaign encourages Americans to “find something new” at FindSomethingNew.org, which offers resources to explore a wide range of education and training options, including online and virtual learning., including links to job training and other resources and a 30-second video where speakers discuss the challenges involved with job and career transitions. The interactive site helps people hone a new career and education pathway, obtain information about rising careers according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Occupational Outlook Handbook , and peruse resources including services for child care, food assistance and internet access. 

The Find Something New campaign will appear nationwide in donated time and space across all platforms, including TV, digital, print and out of home. Omnicom media agency OMD is donating media strategy and outreach to support the campaign. Acxiom, Cox Communications, The CW Network, Facebook, Fox Corporation, NBCUniversal and Snap Inc. are among the media organizations who have committed significant support.

The ads direct audiences to FindSomethingNew.org, a new website with resources to help students and adults across the U.S. identify and pursue the right path for their career goals. The website offers an interactive tool that recommends education pathways for each user, information about rising careers to consider and a directory of resources for life services like childcare, food assistance and internet access. Pathways featured include online learning, professional certification programs, associate’s degrees and vocational, technical and trades education.

The campaign ads feature stories from real individuals who found fulfilling careers after embracing new ways of learning. The ads were created pro bono by EightBar, a collective of WPP talent dedicated to IBM, and were filmed remotely to accommodate social distancing.

The AWPAB and Business Roundtable are mobilizing their members and additional leading private companies, policymakers and nonprofit organizations to amplify the campaign’s message and share their commitment to training and hiring workers with these valuable skills. Through the White House’s Pledge to America’s Workers, over 440 leading corporations and trade associations have committed to offering over 16 million training opportunities for American workers over the next five years.

Funding for the campaign is provided by 20 organizations who are committed to promoting workforce readiness for the American public:

  • Apple
  • AT&T Inc.
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of America
  • Business Roundtable
  • Cisco Systems, Inc.
  • Duke Energy Corporation
  • General Motors Company
  • The Home Depot
  • IBM
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • JP Morgan Chase & Co.
  • Lockheed Martin
  • National Association of Manufacturers
  • SAP America
  • SHRM (Society for Human Resource Management)
  • United Technologies Corporation
  • U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation
  • Visa
  • Walmart
  • Western Governors University

“The job market has been shaken in ways none of us have ever seen,” said Lisa Sherman, President and CEO of the Ad Council. “Many Americans need a new way forward and developing their career skills can expand their opportunities. Our Find Something New campaign, backed by an extraordinary coalition of supporters, will empower people all across the country to find the education and training path that’s right for them.”

Tim Cook, CEO of Apple and co-chair of the AWPAB working group responsible for this campaign, added, “Now more than ever, we need to ensure that everyone has the tools they need to succeed and seize new opportunities. To invest in our future, we have to invest in people, in education and the many paths to a well-paying job or starting a new business. This initiative is about empowering people across the nation to discover a more hopeful future for themselves and their families.”

Clay Festival 2020: Reimagined, in Silver City, NM

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Lee Gruber, CLAY Festival Founder and Director extends a warm welcome to virtual clay aficionados and in-person activities for New Mexico residents.

“Determination, devotion and the talents of local artisans and CLAY aficionados have combined to bring you a week of re-imagining CLAY Festival 2020 with a series of captivating and virtual lectures, demonstrations and tours, beginning Monday July 13th through Friday July 17th,” she said.

“On Saturday, July 18th, Clay 2020 will join the Silver City Farmers Market, from 9 a.m. until 12 noon to host an exhibition and sale of our talented local ceramic artist’s fabulous wares, followed from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. with clay artist’s demonstrations and exhibitions at various locations in downtown Silver City,” she added.

“Due to the recent rise of COVID-19 cases, we are kindly requesting that in-person CLAY 2020 events are attended by New Mexico residents only,” she said. “For those of you who will not be attending in-person, we have put together a series of virtual CLAY 2020 events, for your home-viewing enjoyment. ”

Entries in the the 4 x 6 x 8 Tile Exhibition can be viewed online

4 X 6 X 8 TILE EXHIBITION: The 4x6x8 Juried Tile Virtual Exhibition and Store will open on Monday July 13th and will go through Friday July 31st. 4x6x8 Tile entries will also on display in the windows of the Gila Mimbres Community Radio Station, 519 B Bullard Street, downtown Silver City, New Mexico
Click HERE, starting Monday July 13th, to view this outstanding exhibition of handmade tiles! All exhibited tiles will be available to purchase online.

VIRTUAL CLAY: Join this 5-day series of diverse and engaging virtual demos, tours, and presentations of all things CLAY! Monday July 13th – Monday July 17th, daily events will begin at 4 p.m. MDT

  • Monday July 13th: Zoom Artist Talk with Sanam Emami, hosted by Courtney Michaud
  • Tuesday July 14th: New Mexico Made Short Film: Natural Building Virtual Tour, showcasing the Earth-Creations of Jeff LeBlanc and Melanie Zipin
  • Wednesday July 15th: Zoom Demonstration with Romaine Begay, hosted by Diana Ingalls Leyba
  • Thursday July 16th: New Mexico Made Short Film: Habitat Restoration on the Pitchfork Ranch, Silver City, NM
  • Friday July 17th: Live-streamed Demonstration with Lorraine Lewis and Dr. Eric Blinman: Pueblo pottery, history and culture.
Bone making workshops will be held at Bear Mountain Lodge

ONE MILLION BONES: The One Million Bones Project at Bear Mountain Lodge will host in-person tours of the One Million Bones Site and bone-making workshops BY APPOINTMENT ONLY, FOR NM RESIDENTS ONLY.
Bone Making Workshops – 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 14th Wednesday, July 15th Thursday, July 16th. Call (575) 538-2538 to make your appointment Limited to 5 people per tour/workshop . Learn more about the history and significance of the One Million Bones project here.

CLAY RADIO HOUR: CLAY is thrilled to partner this year with Gila Mimbres Community Radio (GMCR/KURU 89.1) with CLAY web streamed radio offerings!
Wednesday, July 15 9 a.m. – 10 a.m.: Ceramic Artist Interview with Sanam Emami 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.: TBA

New Mexican residents are invited to come to the Clay Maker’s Market in Downtown Silver City on Saturday July 18 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon.

CLAY MAKER’S MARKET We are pleased to announce CLAY has partnered with our friends at The Silver City Farmer’s Market to host a Local Ceramic Maker’s Market on Saturday, July 18 from 9 a.m. – 12 noon at Pope Street and College Avenue, downtown Silver City. We will have 10 different artist works represented and available for purchase.

CLAY, alongside the Silver City Farmer’s Market, will be requiring COVID Safe Practices, including wearing masks/face coverings, hand sanitizing stations, and physical distancing of at least 6 ft. All attendees are requested provide and wear masks/face coverings. In the event that an attendee does not have a mask, CLAY will provide a mask and will require that the mask is worn at all times in attendance while maintaining a safe 6 ft .distance from all other shoppers in attendance. CLAY will be limiting the amount of shoppers in the market space to 5 at one time, in compliance with the Governor’s most recent state mandate.

CLAY DEMO & GALLERY WALK: Grant County residents are invited to join an exciting and educational Demonstration and Gallery walk through downtown Silver City on Saturday, July 18, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Local ceramic artists have graciously agreed to demonstrate a diverse range of clay techniques, including handbuilding, wheel, and slip/drawing.
Each Demo Site will be limited to 4 or less persons viewing at any one time, with 6ft distancing required. All persons viewing demos will be required to wear masks/face coverings at all times

For more information, contact Silver City CLAY Festival, Silver City, NM 88061 575-538-5560 [email protected]

UPDATE: BONUS DAY ADDED — Tile Heritage Foundation’s annual Artisan Planter Auction now runs on Ebay July 12- 22, 2020

Kathy Casper Artisan Planter

Each year the Tile Heritage Foundation (THF) has held an Artisan Planter Auction Fundraiser in Doylestown, Pa., during the Moravian Pottery and Tile Works (MPTW) Tile Festival, but this year the auction goes international as it moves to eBay. Local artists have embellished 9″ x 6″ x 6″ “fibre cement” boxes donated by Campania International in unique ways in the mosaic style. 100% of the proceeds from auctions support the THF’s ongoing Tile History Archiving Project, which is a comprehensive online index of ceramic tile in the United States from the 1870s to the present day.   Tile Heritage appreciates the artists’ voluntary participation as well as their creative contributions & support!

The Artisan Planter Auction starts at 8 p.m. EDT on July 12. You can visit eBay to access the auction here:


Participating Artists and Studios for 2020 include: 

  • Mandy Baker, Whispering Hill Studio
  • Alissa Blumenthal, Mosaic Artist
  • Chris Bonner, Ceramist;
  • Eric Boynton, Clay Rat Studio
  • Kathy Casper, Think Good Tiles
  • Gloria Kosco, Ceramist
  • Jessica Liddell, Bella Mosaic Art
  • Katia McGuirk, Katia Tiles;
  • Will Mead, Peace Valley Tile
  • Robyn Miller, Robyn Sue Miller Mosaics Studio
  • Laura Lyn Stern, Sculptural Designs.

2020 Artisan Planter Designs

Here’s a virtual tour of the Artisan Planters, that will be auctioned starting July 12, and the participating artisans who created them:

Mandy Baker of Whispering Hill Studio in Jamison, PA.

Chris Bonner

Eric Boynton, Clay Rat Studio, Souderton, Pa.

Alissa Blumenthal

Kathy Casper, Think Good Tiles.

Gloria Kosco

Jessica Liddell Bella Mosaic Art Studio, Philadelphia, Pa. .

Katia McGuirk, Katia Tiles, Philadelphia, Pa.

Will Mead Peace Valley Tile in Pipersville, Pa.

Robyn Miller, Robyn Sue Miller Mosaics, Philadelphia, Pa.

Laura Lyn Stern, Sculptural Designs, Philadelphia, Pa.

To participate in the online auction, visit the eBay auction site to bid. If you are new to bidding on eBay, you can sign up or bid as a guest and you may want to watch this instructional video. For additional questions, please email the Tile Heritage Foundation at [email protected].


ARDEX Americas was delighted to be recognized at the 2020 Starnet Commercial Flooring Design Awards across different categories. Starnet, the largest network of independent flooring contractors, is committed to raising the bar in the flooring industry. This year’s awards drew nearly 40 applications from flooring contractors who used ARDEX or HENRY products for their installation.

The Idea Garage – Studio B2SJ:
ReSource Colorado
Gold Winner: Corporate

“ARDEX is grateful to be included in a number of prize-winning installations from across the country,” said Robert Dalton, ARDEX Manager of Strategic Partnerships. “Starnet’s Design Awards provide a welcome opportunity to recognize outstanding flooring contractors, and we are pleased to be a part of it.”

The winning installations that named ARDEX, or HENRY, as a preferred vendor are:

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