I spent the weekend just past at the Tile Festival, held at the Moravian Tile Works in Doylestown, PA. This event features tiles and only tiles, all kinds – handmade, modern, and antique. The location is significant – the Moravian Tile Works was founded by Henry Chapman Mercer and produced unique tiles in a castle-like concrete building. The works are still in operation today and make and sell tiles from the original designs. It’s also part of a local complex of buildings and museums featuring other aspects of Mercer’s lifeworks – preserving and documenting American pre-industrial revolution implements and tools, and his devotion to building in concrete. His residence, Fonthill, and the Mercer Museum, featuring his collections, are within walking distance and are both open to the public. If you are ever in the area you can make a full day of exploring these sites, and Doylestown itself is full of shops and good places to eat.
The show was wonderful. Anyone who attended was pre-disposed to enjoy tile art, and I spoke to many people with a good interest in my work and knowledgeable about tile-making. The weather was gloomy and rainy, but we were comfortable in large tents with plenty of space. The organizers provided a very nice dinner on Saturday night for the exhibitors. I was surrounded by nice neighbors and it was a very pleasant atmosphere.
Looking forward to next year’s show!
For more information: http://www.buckscounty.org/government/departments/tileworks/