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The Moravian Pottery & Tile Works (MPTW) is a history museum located in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. It is owned by the County of Bucks, and operated by TileWorks of Bucks County, a 501c3 non-profit organization. The museum was individually listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972, and was later included in a National Historic Landmark District along with the Mercer Museum and Fonthill. These three structures are the only cast-in-place concrete structures built by Mercer.Before you head to Doylestown, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Doylestown tour itinerary builder, to make sure you see all that Doylestown has to offer, including Moravian Pottery and Tile Works.
Handmade tiles are still produced in a manner similar to that developed by the pottery's founder and builder, Henry Chapman Mercer. Tile designs are reissues of original designs. Mercer was a major proponent of the Arts and Crafts movement in America. He directed the work at the pottery from 1898 until his death in 1930.
Mercer generally did not affix a potter's mark to tiles made while he directed the work at MPTW. Following his death, there were several marks used to indicate that a tile had originated at MPTW. When the Bucks County Department of Parks and Recreation took over the MPTW as a working museum, all tiles made by the museum were impressed on the obverse with a stylized "MOR," the words "Bucks County" and the year of manufacture (see illustration).
The reproduction tiles made today are made using Mercer's original molds, clay that is obtained locally and has properties similar to those of Mercer's original source, slips and glazes that follow Mercer's final formulations, although some have been modified to reduce the lead and heavy metal content to less toxic levels.
The Tile Works is one of three cast-in-place concrete structures built by Mercer. The others include Fonthill, which is located on the same property and served as his home; and the Mercer Museum, located approximately one mile away.
The Moravian Pottery and Tile Works offers workshops and an apprenticeship program to teach the art of handcrafting ceramic tiles and mosaics.
Moravian Pottery and Tile Works reviews
American history lives on here. One of the last tile making factories in the US. You will see a short film about Mr.Mercer, an archeologist, and how he became a tile maker. The building is...
American history lives on here. One of the last tile making factories in the US. You will see a short film about Mr.Mercer, an archeologist, and how he became a tile maker. The building is... more »
Stopped with my wife as it is just down the street yet we’ve never been. It’s a pretty cool little place with a self guided tour and live demonstrations by active employees. Not big but if you’re in..... more
Stopped with my wife as it is just down the street yet we’ve never been. It’s a pretty cool little place with a self guided tour and live demonstrations by active employees. Not big but if you’re in..... more »
I never went inside this build. Every time we get to this place it's late and it's close. But love to walk around. I love the architecture and details designed on the ceramics all over the build. Next time I'm bring my DSLR camera to have more joy and capture all the details.
A working pottery building using mostly the tools of the original owner. Some really beautiful detailed tiles and you can see how they are created from the clay through the pressing. Most of the tour is a self tour except for a 17 min. film. A very intricate building but very educational. Very warm as they only have fans. Gift shop on premises to buy an item but pricey.
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