Tell us about your business.ModCraft was started by Industrial Designer David Clark in his Williamsburg, Brooklyn apartment. As interest in his stoneware tile business grew, he relocated the handmade tile operation to a barn studio he built in Hudson Valley’s Beacon, New York. There he and his wife Mary St. John are able to design and hand make their products in a larger volume. ModCraft produces sophisticated handmade modern wall tile using high-fire stoneware clay. Light plays across the tile’s glazes and modular surface patterns to create a dynamic visual effect. The result is elegant stoneware tile with a contemporary and modern feel. As interest in our tile has continued to grow, we are now available in showrooms nationwide. Our dedication to making this product by hand ensures that each one is unique and slightly different, creating an overall rich pattern that our customers prefer. We have an ever growing list of new tile designs that we are exctied about bringing to market.
What makes your business stand out?Our efficiency in the manufacturing process as well as our ability to bounce design ideas off each other makes our business strong- our ability to create a tile pattern that someone wants to have be a part of their home makes us unique.
What's the best business advice you've received?The best business advice we have received came from my dad, John St. John. He said "follow your noses." ModCraft's growth has been a series of steps forward- starting with us designing ligthing, testing that in the market and realizing there was greater excitement about our wall tile- switching gears and expanding our tile line, along with it, moving and expanding the physical space we create in, fast forward to present day with us being able to purchase equipment to help with manufacturing. Our hope is that we will be able to expand our business to the point where we can hire locally to benefit the community.
Mark Your Calendar
NominationsJune 3–Aug. 29, 2014
Nominate yourself or other aspiring makers.
JudgingJune 23–Sept. 9, 2014
Judges will select finalists throughout this period.Meet the judges
Online VotingSept. 15–Oct. 13, 2014
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Winners AnnouncedOct. 17, 2014
2014 Award Winners and Audience Choice Winner announced.See past Award Winners
American Made EventNov. 7–8, 2014
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