Tile Heritage Foundation 30th Anniversary Gala Celebration
Tile Heritage 30th Anniversary Celebratory Schedule of Events
Co-sponsors:The Bucks County Historical Society and the Moravian Pottery and Tile Works
Daytime activities before, during and after Friday, May 19th, 2017
Self-guided tours of Doylestown, Philadelphia, Reading and Trenton (GPS or smart phone suggested - no fee to registrants.) Registrants to the THF 30th Anniversary Celebration will be supplied with a coded link to download any/all of the available self-guided tours. (Upon request they can be USPS mailed to you.)
Daytime activities on Friday, May 19th
9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Special "How it's Done" Tours of the Moravian Pottery and Tile Works
with Eric Boynton. (Limited to 15 people per tour. $10) Priority given to pre-registered guests and event sponsors. Location: 130 E. Swamp Rd., Rt. 313.
The Moravian Pottery and Tile Works is maintained as a working museum where handmade tiles are still produced in a manner similar to that developed by the pottery's founder, Henry Chapman Mercer (1856-1930). Witness the unique tile making process from the raw clay to the finished glazed product, developed over a century ago and emulated by many tile makers to this day. More about:
1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Special Tile Tours of Fonthill Castle with Vance Koehler.
(Limited to 15 people per tour. $15) Priority given to pre-registered guests and event sponsors. Location: 525 E. Court St., Doylestown.
Henry Mercer was a tile maker nearly ten years before he designed and started to build Fonthill, his fantastical concrete, castle-like residence in Doylestown. Naturally, he chose the products of his business, the Moravian Pottery and Tile Works, to enrich and decorate it. This special tour will explore the unique tiles and tile themes created by Mercer for his own house, along with the rare antique foreign tiles he collected and installed throughout it during his lifetime. More about Fonthill: https://www.mercermuseum.org/visit/fonthill-castle/about/
Evening activities on Friday, May 19th. Location: Elkins gallery at the Mercer Museum,
84 S. Pine St., Doylestown.
For registered and invited guests
5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Reception/Celebration: Tile Heritage 30th Anniversary GALA! Dress tilishly if you wish! ($40 THF members and MPTW Festival vendors; $50 all others)
Fine hors d'oeuvres, beer and wine, catered by Memorable Affairs.
Silent Auction: During the reception, in support of the Tile Heritage Foundation Archives Preservation, there will be a silent auction of special tiles and ceramic art objects from invited artisans from throughout the United States.
Surprise Guests: There will be special guest appearances and introductions during the reception by some very special Mercercentric/tile-centric individuals!
Presentation of the honorary Tile Heritage Award!
Note: Prior to and during the celebration the Mercer Museum's main collection exhibit area (Central Court) will be open for the enjoyment of our guests during the reception.
More about the Mercer Museum: https://www.mercermuseum.org/about/mercer-museum/
Daytime activities on Saturday and Sunday, May 20th - 21st. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The 19th annual Tile Festival under the big tents at the Moravian Pottery and Tile Works, 130 E. Swamp Rd., Rt. 313, held every year at this time since 1998 when Tile Heritage presented "Tiles: A Living History," commemorating the centennial of the Tile Works. Find tile artists and artisans from throughout the country anxious to talk about their work on display and ready to wrap things for you to take home!
Regular tours of the Tile Works and Fonthill Castle are also available (with additional, in-advance reservations at each location).
The Perfect Place to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Tile Heritage, the Guardians of American Tile History!
Tile Heritage Foundation 30th Anniversary Gala Celebration (View)
Mercer Museum Elkins Gallery, 84 S Pine Street
Doylestown, PA 18901
|Minimum Age: 12|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|