by David Mendez
Tucson's very own Santa Theresa Tile Works is in the running to potentially win a fairly nice amount of cash and adulation from Martha Stewart, and all they need to help with that is your votes.
Right now, Santa Theresa is in the nomination round of the contest, and is competing to be one of six finalists in the craft category of the Martha Stewart American Made competition. If they're able to make it all the way, garnering enough votes from around the country, they'll pull down $10,000 and get some rub from MarthaStewart.com, which isn't too shabby.
From the Santa Theresa Tile Works nomination page:
With my first public art commission for the Tucson International Airport in 1987, Santa Theresa Tile Works was born. A woman-owned, small business specializing in an art form that I wasn't too familiar with, was definitely a daunting venture - but I was up for the challenge. Due to my ceramics background, I began to hand-cut and glaze my clay tiles in the shapes and colors I needed from slabs of wet clay. Combining tile shapes inspired by nature, and the vibrant colors of Arizona's Southwestern/Mexican heritage, our handmade clay tiles became increasingly popular. With a new website and online shop, I am looking forward to expanding our audience and introducing them to the Santa Theresa-style of handmade tile.