Moravian Pottery & Tile Works in Bucks County, PA

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.

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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.

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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.

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There’s plenty of reissues for purchase in the tile shop.

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Moravian offers ceramist apprenticeships and tile workshops.

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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.

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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.

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Sconces with Medieval designs…

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And design your own one-of-a-kind tile plaque with your house number.

9 thoughts on “Moravian Pottery & Tile Works in Bucks County, PA

  1. I love these handmade mosaics and tiles. I would have to find many places to put them if I were building a new house or redoing an older house. I can see them around fireplaces and on the walls of kitchens and bathrooms. I’d have to find a way to put them on the floor of a small room. And of course, this building is incredible. I can see why you have visited this business many times. Thanks for sharing this with us.

  2. Steel reinforced concrete structure were being developed in all kinds of ways, at the beginning of the 20th Century. They were hailed as the solution to slums, and tenement living. Thomas Edison, in his later career, sought to develop all-concrete housing for low income applications. Compared to the skilled-labor-intensive brick masonry building, the poured-in-place concrete was fast, economical, and just as fire & acoustically resistant, as a conventional brick masonry construction, cheap to insure, and almost maintenance-free. You can still see examples in the North New Jersey area, like the RR bridge over the Delaware in Colombia, or the Daress Theater, in Boonton, as well as “Edison Homes” down in Monmouth County. The technology for water-proofing the roofs and below-grade areas lagged behind, and problems with dampness, and leaking discouraged it’s widespread use. And then the even-less-expensive steel beam frame & concrete deck methods were developed, and poured-in-place was eclipsed. It’s good to see an example still standing, and still in use ! Thanks Sue…Oh, and the tile work is cool, too !!

  3. I didn’t know that you could buy tiles here.
    I go by this place a lot for work.
    I’ll have to stop one day when I am in Doylestown.
    It’s nice to see your house becoming a home. You and your husband have have great dedication in your projects and, I know that your home will be beautiful once completed.
    Best wishes.

  4. I love arts and crafts tiles. We have some great ones in California too.

    A tile fireplace surround would be awesome and unique.

    Are you going to get any sconces or do a house number plaque?

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