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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