The brawn of the operation- Josh has been formally trained as an artist, with a degree in ceramic arts from Columbus College of Art and Design. Then Blanc relocated to Minneapolis in 1994 and opened Clay Squared to Infinity in 1996. Josh does a lot of volunteering for the art community. He currently serves on three boards. Northeast Minneapolis Arts District of which is the President, the Tile Heritage Foundation and Josh is the founder, coordinator, and publisher of the Handmade Tile Association directory, a printed directory and website of tile makers and tile resources of Minnesota and surrounding region. Coordinated two national tile conferences 2002 and 2006. He is just an all over art guy!
I love the idea of using art to personalize one of the most basic human needs – shelter. Handmade tiles have adorned buildings for more than 2,000 years, and the tiles I make help define our time in architectural history.
Even a single tile can transform a space, and my work is so versatile that it can be used in endless ways. I’m always amazed by the arrangements people come up with, and I see each project as a collaboration between the artist and client. I hope my work inspires you to play with handmade tiles to create a work of art for your own world.