Let the next adventure begin- We are buying a building! Last month we received word that Clay Squared and Potek Glass won our bid on a foreclosed property in the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District. Clay Squared has been trying to buy a building for our business for almost 16 years. After over a dozen tries at other properties this one appears to be the winner. We won the Requests for Proposals put out by Community Planning & Economic Development or CPED to have the exclusive rights to develop the building. Click here to read the whole story and other news.
Michael and Josh just finished up making our largest tile project in 20 years with the completion of three floor projects for a house remodel of 600 sq. ft. of tile. Check out two of our videos on the making of this project. Click here to read the newsletter.
The Best Of Houzz is awarded annually in three categories: Design, Customer Service and Photography. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 40 million monthly users on Houzz. Customer Service honors are based on several factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2016. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz.
The first of the year started with a bang for Clay Squared. Josh and Michael are producing over 600 sq. ft of tiles for three floors, This is Josh's second largest project since the restoration of the MN State Capitol in 1995. The process includes hand rolling out 675 individual 8" x 8" tiles for the first floor, in Coco Moon. Click here to read the full story
Clay Squared is obsessed with tea, tile and polymer. Find out how you can be too. Click here to read our newsletter and get the scoop.
It is hard to fathom that Clay Squared to Infinity was started 20 years ago in the 3rd story of our Minneapolis home at the time. Layl was making painted suitcases, dolls, and Wingy Dingies and she was just starting to play with polymer clay. Click here to read the newsletter
Houzz invited Josh out to do what they are calling a "Pro Minute" video to showcase how and why we make the work we do.
Read about our Stunning Historic Bathroom Remodel
Get ready hear about everything from art prison to exploding brownies, as well as a few business tips too.
The 21st annual Art A Whirl is this weekend. Josh and Layl have participated in all but the 1st event. Starting out in our NE studio our 3rd floor attic studio back in 1996 we have been inviting the public in to see how we make our artistic endeavors ever since. Click here for more details of the weekend
Tile Project of the Month
On Point Mid Century Kitchen
Remember when kitchens were fun? Mid-century homes were full of bright rich colors. This newly renovated Mid-century kitchen hits all the right notes for a small kitchen lots of storage, cool lighting, work space and dynamic tiles for the backsplash. Lots of local businesses played a part in building this kitchen
Clay Squared March 2016 Newsletter
Tile Project of the Month
Medieval Floral Pesto Kitchen
Pesto is our most popular color. It is an Arts & Crafts staple color, bringing warmth and character to a home. The backsplash area behind the sink or stove are usually the best place to create a signature design. In this kitchen the family wanted a highlight of the Medievals to break up the running bond pattern. They also wanted a subtle way to create a framing of the sink area. They did that by using 2x2 tiles as a frame round the faucet.
This project was awarded the National NKBA Award-for Small Kitchens Mosaic Trim in Subway Tile Kitchen 100 Square Foot Kitchen Remodel of a bungalow kitchen. Using Handmade mosaic tile border using a multi mix of colors and sizes. 1"x 1", 1"x2", 1" x 6" and 2"x 2". in a field of 3x6 White Subway tile. Click here for more photos.
For the 4th year in a row Clay Squared to Infinity wins Best of Houzz 2016 - Client Satisfaction. Only 3% of pros win this award. Check out our Houzz profile click here.
Learn about us making 200 masks for people with brain injuries to paint and sculpt onto, to show how they each feels, as a person with a brain injury.
Layl's Creating "Dolls" Again. Click here to read the newsletter.
Josh is working on his largest tile art mural ever for the Eastside Co-op in NE Minneapolis for their new expansion. Click here to read the Newsletter.
How to Plan for Tile for Your Fireplace
The fireplace, besides being the heart of the home, is a major interior architectural feature and can set both the mood and the style of the room. Click here for fireplace planning information.
Being historic does not mean it has to be expensive. With the range of historic reproduction companies we work with, Clay Squared offers you affordable options. Historic tile lines start at $12 a square foot; shipping is included in orders over $100. Visit our showroom to see samples and take them home to view for free.
See Layl's newest work Scribble Stories in Clay at the Pump House. Check out one of the most popular tile projects of the year. Mosaic Trim in Subway Tile Kitchen. Click here to read the newsletter.
Our newsletter is mobile friendly now! Check out the new Asian Inspired Arts and Crafts Kitchen and see us at the Arts & Crafts Show at the MN State Fair Grounds. Click here to read our newsletter.
Using classic subway (3" x 6") running bond tile created a quiet balance to the expressive strokes on this Asian-inspired, Arts & Crafts kitchen. Click here to check out more photos of this project.
Keeping up with technology. Read about what we chose for social media platforms. Click here to read the newsletter.
Tiles and Tennis! An unlikely pairing to be used in a phrase or sentence. Read all about it. Click here
Order a copy of our new 36-page, full color product catalog of Clay Squared to Infinity tiles. Chalk full of new designs, projects, patterns and new work. Click here to order today!
Photos just arrived of this signature, one-of-a- kind tile mural. Artist Josh created the work based off another Cosmic Cloud art piece in the studio. The pieces were custom made to fit the niche. The handmade field tiles are 2" x 8" glazed in Avocado, Wasabi, Copper Patina, Jade Moss, Hematite and Pesto with Cosmic Cloud accents randomly dispersed throughout the backsplash.
Art A Whirl is our biggest event of the year. Over 2000 people will walk through our studio. Click here to read the newsletter.
Sarah Whiting has published the book Open Studio (faces and Stories of Northeast Minneapolis Artists). Josh is featured on page 28 and 29. This is a wonderful collection of behind the scenes photos and details of the artists of NE Minneapolis. We have copies available for $25. Come in and pick one up or contact us to order one for you library.
Midwest Home Magazine has awarded Clay Squared to Infinity with the Best of the Twin Cities for "Best Assist for Period Purists" Click here to read all of the other winners too.
Art A Whirl is upon us! This Weekend!
2014 Dates and Hours:
Friday, May 16th - 5:00-10:00 p.m.- we open at 11 am!
Sat, May 17th - Noon-8:00 p.m. We open at 11 am!
Sun, May 18th - Noon-5:00 p.m.
Click here to get a preview and find out all the goodies going on at Clay Squared
Pick up your free directory at Clay Squared.
Josh's Cosmic Ring Swing was accepted into the 5th Biennial Concordia Continental Ceramics Competition. Runs May 6 - June 27th 2014 opens with 5-7 pm evening reception. Concordia University Saint Paul, MN
Read about the new Clay Squared Artist-in-Residence program. See our projects of the month highlights. Order our new Mid-century catalog! Click here to read all about it.
Our newsletter platform Constant Conact awarded us All Star Award for our newsetter. They said
"Your efforts last year to reach your customers and engage with them were exemplary. Stellar. Your customers noticed and responded positively. And we certainly noticed. That's why we're so proud to name you to our roster of 2013 All Stars".
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Read about our tile project of the month, Josh's curating of the Art of the Home show and find out about all the new classes Layl is offering Frequent Clayer" punch cards- take 4 classes and get the fifth class for free! Click here to read the newsletter.
Clay Squared to Infinity of Minneapolis, MN Receives
Best Of Houzz 2014 Award
Minneapolis, MN,February 4, 2014 – Clay Squared to Infinity of Minneapolis, MN has been awarded “Best Of Houzz” by Houzz, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. The handmade tile company in the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District was chosen by the more than 16 million monthly users that comprise the Houzz community.
Join us for the opening of "Captured Curiosities in Clay" a collection of Layl McDill's large sculptures in polymer clay. You will discover flying pigs, bugs with cupcake factories and chickens driving tractors at this gathering of over 30 pieces. Opening reception is Thursday January 9th from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. Robbin Gallery, 4915 42nd Ave. N., Robbinsdale, MN Check the Robbin Gallery website for gallery hours or contact email@example.com for a private viewing.
Layl and Josh have been in full swing making modes. Layl has had multiple holiday shows and Josh got a flurry of tile projects. Some how we seem to be finding enough time to eat lots of holiday cookies! Read about our award winning tile project and a gallery show of Layl's work. Click here to read the newsletter
Arts & Crafts award winning kitchen project
This kitchen project project was part of a CotY award from the National Association of The Remodeling Industry (NARI). Ohana Construction brought their client to Clay Squared to help them find a tile that matched the time period of their home. They chose a 2" x 6" field tile in Truffle with Pesto trims. Stone Hollow Tile was used for the focal insert behind the stove. Using classic sizes and earthy colors, the tiles work wonderfully with the woodwork and all of the elements of the kitchen.
Find out more info on our Customer Appreciation Week. Runs November 17th to November 24th. Click here read the newsletter and to get the coupon codes.
Josh is busy creating new Cosmic Clouds for our holiday shop in the downtown skyway. Once again we will open up in the Gaviidae Commons for the months of November and December. We are ordering a wide variety of new work from our favorite ceramic artists. Click here to read the newsletter.
Zig Zag with One Inch Mosaic Kitchen Backsplash
We just got our photos back from our photographer Sarah Whiting Photography of this fabulous pattern we call Zig Zags. Read more about the project on our kitchen project section
Pesto Arts & Crafts Fireplace
Classic Arts & Crafts spaces were designed and built with the philosophy that one should let the materials used not be embellished, as they are beautiful in their natural state. Click here to read the whole newsletter
It's MN Tile Festival month! Josh will be showcasing his newest work. We hope you will come check out the event on Saturday, September 21st. See below to get your half off coupon.
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Read about Zig Zags one of our newest design patterns! Chris Webber has been playing with tiles during the past two winters, finally creating this winning pattern. Our customers had a half bath that needed spicing up, while keeping the floor in the character of their period home.
Our story of how we became artists in NE Minneapolis is featured in the NE Minneapolis Arts District Blog. Click her to check it out.
"House Number Season" has arrived! Read about our Clay Squared assistant winning an Award for her art work! Meet Michael our newest addition to Clay Squared. All this and so much more! Click here to read the newsletter.
Hot off the press our newest catalog has arrived! Packed with great new photos of tile projects and the story of how Josh makes tiles for your home. Choose from 30 colors, dozens of accent tiles, trims, house numbers, ceramic switch plates and much more.
Stop in to pick one up at the studio/showroom 11 - 5 Monday - Saturday or click here to order your free copy.
Read about Art A Whirl, up coming gallery shows, classes and order the newest tile catalog. Click here to read more.
The Clay Squared e newsletter has been selected for All Star Status for the 2nd year in a row. Glad to know people like what we are writing and talking about. Here is a link for you to get our monthly newsletter. http://www.claysquared.com/index.php/about/newsletter
Layl's piece "Just Think how Books are like Birdhouses" is on the cover of the Spring issue of Polymer Arts Magazine. She is also featured in an article about stories in polymer clay wall art written by Alice Stroppel and Suzanne Ivester.
The winter months at Clay Squared have typically been a great time for Layl and Josh to reflect on the past year and start planning out goals and ideas for the coming year. Read about all of our new projects and goals.
Clay Squared was selected as the best of for our work won in the Design category, our portfolio includes some of the most popular images on Houzz in 2012! Thanks to all that saved our images into your favorites. Check out our page http://www.houzz.com/pro/claysquared/__public
The 2013 Handmade Tile Association Directory is now available for free at Clay Squared to Infinity. Read about 40 tile artists and tile resources around the country. Josh is the President of the Handmade Tile Association you can read his statement on the organization. Hot off the printer! Not local order your free copy hot off the printer! Click here
We are thrilled to announce that we will be at the same location as last year in the Gaviidae Commons very near Neiman Marcus in the Skyway level for the 2012 Holiday season. Address is 555 Nicollet Mall Suite 289. Between 5th and 6th Ave off of Nicollet and Marquette Ave. Hours 10 - 7 daily. Sunday 12- 5
Sue Christensen, Kirsten Walstead of SoMi Tileworks, Norma Hanlon, Stephanie Kaczrowski, Marisa Martinez Jewlery, Jane Swan, Kimberlee Roth, Susan Feigenbaum, Kendall Bohn, Aldo Moroni, Martha Enzler, Kristine Hites, Layl McDill, and Josh Blanc.
Josh newest work Cosmic Transformer Inner Loop was awarded the Tile Heritage Prize at the 2012 Minnesota Tile Festival "Awarded to the artist whose tile in the juror's opinion best represents the ceramic tile traditions in America" Juried by Jaque Bethke for PURE Design.
Layl's newest polymer clay wall pieces will be on view from July 26th to September 9th at the Bloomington Art Center.
1800 W. Old Shakopee Rd.
Bloomington, MN 55431
Atrium Gallery- open Mon-Friday 8:00am to 10:00pm
Sat. 9:00am to 5:00pm Sun. 1:00-10:00pm
Sarah Whiting Photography took some great new photos of Josh's Cosmic Cloud and Spot Tiles over this contemporary Fireplace. Click the link to read more.
Layl's work will be on display until April 7th at the Evergreen Retirement Center in Oshkosh, WI. There will be an artist reception on February 4th starting at 4:00. Come and see Layl's latest large works and listen to her talk about her artwork and the process.
Address: 1130 N. Westfield Stree, Oshkosh, WI
Layl McDill was profiled in Sunday's November 6th Pioneer Press Sunday Life Section.
Family Outings: Making millefiori clay crafts with the kids
It's nearly impossible to make ugly millefiori, which is what makes the clay craft such a great fit for kids.I recently took my 9-year-old son to a class offered by artist Layl McDill at her studio in Northeast Minneapolis. We sat on stools around a long, high table made of clear Plexiglas with a half-dozen other children and a few parents. Chunks of polymer clay filled the middle of the table like squares of colorful bubblegum.
Read the whole article http://www.minnmoms.com/ci_19258025
Works by the Polymer Clay Guild of Minnesota shown at the Textile Center of Minnesota
Artist's Reception Tuesday October 11th 5:00 to 9:00pm Treats and Demos by the Artists. Come and see Layl's "Baked Bikini" and "Fishy Handbag" plus over 20 works of art that play on the idea of wearable clay creations.
Show runs through October 24th, 2011. See the Textile Center's website for hours.
Caesar: Rise of the Apes Hits Theaters August 2011
Look for a Piece of Minnesota!
Clay Squared to Infinity was contacted last year by Fox Searchlight movie production inquiring about its Subway Ceramic Basket Weave tile pattern for the set of Caesar: Rise of the Apes. Clay Squared to Infinity provided the production team with 90 square feet of the tiles for the movie’s historic scenes.
So far this summer has been filled with travel for Layl and Josh has been busy in his studio with all kinds of projects. Layl went on a month long road trip to California. It will be interesting to see how the landscapes of Utah and Nevada influence Layl's creations in the coming months. Click here to read the entire newsletter.
Making mosaics really is visual mirror in to the way you think. Free form thinkers and planners both can do projects like this mosaic kitchen backsplash featured. Check out the whole project click here
Clay Squared monthly newsletter. Ideas on budgeting for tile projects. Follow Layl's adventures across America. Click here to read the newsletter.
Layl is offering lots of fun classes this time of year. Learn the magical technique of millefiore and discover the fun of polymer clay. If you see a class you are interested in but it isn't offered on a date that works for you be sure to contact Layl@claysquared.com to find a date that works and she will offer the class so others can sign up too! Check out all the upcoming classes.