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Moravian Pottery and Tile Works

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Moravian Pottery and Tile Works Review

On the grounds of the Fonthill estate, the tile works still produces Arts and Crafts–style tiles from Mercer's designs. These tiles adorn such well-known structures as Grauman's Chinese Theater in Hollywood, as well as many of the homes and sidewalks of Doylestown. The late author and Bucks County resident James Michener described them as follows: "Using scenes from the Bible, mythology, and history, Henry Chapman Mercer produced wonderfully archaic tiles about 12 or 14 inches square in powerful earth colors that glowed with intensity and unforgettable imagery." You can watch a 17-minute video and take a partially guided tour past artisans at work in the 1912 factory, which resembles a Spanish mission. You can purchase tiles at the works, which range in price from $3 for a 2" x 2" tile to $500-plus for a mosaic.

Updated: 05-19-2011

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