David Achinger Tile Co. wins the "Editor's Choice" award


MINNEAPOLIS, MN -- The recently concluded 10th annual 2011 Minnesota Tile Festival, held at the Midtown Global Market, hosted its biggest audience to date with more than 1,000 visitors attending the two-day event.

The event also included an awards ceremony, sponsored by two groups. The Tile Heritage Foundation’s “The Tile Heritage Prize” was juried by Sandra Shaughnessy of the Edina Art Center. She choose Stone Hollow Tile –“Awarded to the artist whose tile in the juror’s opinion best represents the ceramic tile traditions in America.”

The second series of awards was presented by Melinda Nelson, editor of Minneapolis/St. Paul Magazine. She chose:
  • David Achinger Tile Co.- Editor’s Choice
  • Lea Way Design - Leann E. Johnson - Best Use of Detail
  • Stephanie Kaczrowski - Most Picturesque
  • Mercury Mosaics - Mercedes Austin - Most inventive use of medium
The show highlighted new trends in design, colors, and one-of-a-kind tile work of Arts and Crafts Tile work, contemporary handmade tile, and glass mosaic mirrors. Artists were represented from Colorado, California, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, North Dakota and Washington.

The 11th annual Minnesota Tile Festival will be held September 15, 2012 at the American Swedish Institute, 2600 Park Ave South, Minneapolis MN 55407. More information can be found here.

“The Tile Heritage Prize” was presented to Stone Hollow Tile – “Awarded to the artist whose tile in the juror’s opinion best represents the ceramic tile traditions in America.”



Lea Way Design - Leann E. Johnson - Best Use of Detail



Stephanie Kaczrowski - Most Picturesque



Mercury Mosaics - Mercedes Austin - Most inventive use of medium