HEAVEN IS OUR HOME

Here’s how this week’s arts and culture piece begins:

On a recent trip back East, I made a point of visiting the former homes and studios of three late artists.

The Moravian Pottery & Tile Works in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, was the studio of historian Henry Chapman Mercer (1856-1930), a self-taught architect, ceramicist, and collector.

He modeled the design for his tile works on the California missions he’d seen on his travels. Then he added his own stamp, which might be called “Early Hobbit.”

The compound is now a nonprofit history museum, offering guided tours to the public, as well as an annual Tile Fest, summer music and movie series, visiting artist residencies and workshops.

It’s also a humming working studio, producing among other items mosaic murals, floors, patios, fireplace surrounds, hearths, and architectural friezes. The tiles, available for purchase in the museum store, are still pressed from the over 6000 molds designed by Mercer.

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I LOVE BEAUTIFUL HOMES AND ARCHITECTURE,
BUT I’M NOT SURE ANYTHING BEATS A MEADOW IN AUTUMN

4 Replies to “HEAVEN IS OUR HOME”

  1. Eileen O'Connor says: Reply

    So true, the beauty in the world beyond will far outshine what we can do and create here in the physical world, interesting and sacred as that might be. I know Jesus is preparing a unique place in heaven for all who care to join Him there.

    1. HEATHER KING says: Reply

      Right, Eileen! Much as I devote tons of time and energy to making my own house beautiful, and much as I love to regard and/or tour other people’s beautiful homes…the place we really long for is not of or on this earth! Blessed All Saints and All Souls to you–

  2. Cathyfalvey says: Reply

    Beautiful!!

    1. HEATHER KING says: Reply

      Thanks, Cathy!

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