May 17, 2016

Tile Festival at the Moravian Pottery & Tile Works

Doylestown, PA is the home of the Moravian Pottery & Tile Works,
built by Henry Chapman Mercer in 1912 during the Arts & Crafts Movement.
Every year, for the past 18, a festival is held on the grounds.
It's an opportunity to view historic and contemporary art tiles
displayed by artisans from near and far.

What an enjoyable experience! 
While attending craft fairs and art festivals, I enjoy chatting with the artists. 
I really appreciate the vast variety of works represented.
I've gathered photos of my very favorites to show you.

Above ~ gorgeous, rustic leaf designs by Steve Day, of Berks County, PA.

Below ~ a photo of the Moravian Pottery & Tile Works
with its large white tents pitched for the Festival.

A National Historic Landmark, it's maintained by the 
Parks & Recreation Dept. of Bucks County.

The style of architecture that Mercer used was inspired by the 
missions of San Juan Capistrano and Santa Barbara, California. 

I enjoyed meeting Patricia Tolton of P2 Ware and seeing her awesome,
earthy, Arts & Crafts style tiles. She's based in Kennett Square, PA.
Isn't this dragonfly stunning?

This amazing piece is by Audrey Ketterer Pianko of Wild Heart Pottery & Tile.
Such bright colors in this contemporary, abstract mosaic!

Loved talking with Mandy Baker of Whispering Hill Studio in Jamison, PA.
She creates several series of tiles that are just beautiful!

Fabulous Craftsman-style tiles by Mission Guild!
Nature as subject matter, simple designs, beautiful quotes, and 
subdued color choices for the glazes combine to evoke a calm serenity.

Here's Lynn Hume, of Sligo Creek Tile Co.who creates 
terrific porcelain and stoneware tiles. She's from Takoma Park, Maryland.

I couldn't resist this lovely dogwood brooch;
it'll be a nice surprise for my mother-in-law!

These are among many gorgeous ceramic tiles by artist
Mary Philpott of the Verdant Tile Studio in Ontario, Canada.

Edwin Mighell, Jr. of Redoubt Press is from Anchorage, Alaska.
He creates these terrific tiles using a mix that includes glacial clay.

It was so nice to meet Gregory Hicho and see his exquisite mosaics...

...along with his retro designs for a bit of nostalgic fun!

The Moravian Pottery & Tile Works is located
 at 130 E. Swamp Road in Doylestown, PA.


  1. Didn't have the chance to go, so I certainly enjoyed this! Especially examples of some of the artists. Thanks!!

    1. You're quite welcome, June, and thank you for the feedback! They have the festival every spring. Well-worth attending if you like tiles and get an opportunity some year.


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