Today, I was in Bucks County where I stopped by Moravian Pottery & Tile Works. I have visited the unusual building which resembles a Spanish mission for years.
Built in 1912, the all-concrete building is where handmade decorative tiles and mosaics are still made. The designs and techniques used were made famous by Henry Mercer.
A proponent of the Arts & Crafts Movement, Henry Mercer’s creativity in ceramics is showcased throughout the country in thousands of public and private buildings.
The main entrance leads to the tile shop and the pottery tour. The factory provides tours where ceramists press and glaze tiles. Seeing original tiles and mosaics along with the unique architecture makes this a must-see Bucks County destination.
There’s plenty of reissues for purchase in the tile shop.
Moravian offers ceramist apprenticeships and tile workshops.
Henry Mercer was born in Doylestown, PA (Bucks County) in 1856. He became a noted tilemaker, archeologist, antiquarian, artst and writer as well as the leader in the turn-of-the-century Arts & Crafts Movement.
Moravian Pottery & Tile Works is located in Doylestown which is 45 minutes north of Philadelphia. Henry Mercer’s home, Fonthill Castle, is steps away on the same property.
Sconces with Medieval designs…
And design your own one-of-a-kind tile plaque with your house number.