Birds , Beasts & Flowers

Honor the past.
To inspire the future.
The Tileworks of Bucks County believes each tile is a simple object of beauty. We believe the grout that holds them together is our kindness, equanimity, fairness, and creativity. We believe the installation becomes the map for humanity, evolving from stories, diverse and inclusive, to inspire a better personal, local and global economy. It represents us - Better Together.
Between 1911 and 1912, Henry Chapman Mercer (1856-1930) built the Moravian Pottery and Tile Works to “master the potter’s art and establish pottery under personal control.” The success of the Moravian Pottery and Tile Works rested on Mercer's pure genius. With a small capital investment, relatively inexpensive operating costs, and an ability to produce a range of wares that made the best use of biotechnology, the pottery produced unique tiles that were praised by critics and sought after by architects. The honest, hand-made quality of his work fully expressed the ideals of the American Arts and Crafts Movement, elevating Mercer to one of the movement’s most important proponents. His tiles were emblematic of the survival, or rebirth, of the handcraft tradition. By the turn of the century, he was recognized as a premiere maker of “artistic” tiles. For the next thirty years, his work was sought out by leading architects and tastemakers to decorate public and private buildings all across the country. Mercer’s pioneering influence was far-reaching and still affects many tilemakers today.

TILEWORKS TOUR


Dive into the world of Mercer at your own pace. Explore the decorative halls and historic workshops that lay throughout the grounds. Watch our craftsmen as they turn wild Bucks county clay into Mercer tiles.

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TOUR WITH EXPERIENCE

Available Tuesdays!
Tour our historic tile factory. Led by our experienced artisans, you will make your own 3"x3" Moravian Tile using traditional methods and authentic glazes! Your original creation will be ready for pick up in about four weeks. Shipping is available for an additional fee. No experience necessary.

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STEAM ENGINE
TOUR

Come see our Metropolitan Steam Engine operating in the Moravian Pottery and Tile Works! Learn the important role of the steam engine and other historic machines used in historic tile production.
February 9th at 3:00.

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SITE COMING SOON
03.29.2021
A night at the Tileworks.

Create inspiring, beautifully illuminated rooms. Review our wide selection of stylish contemporary lamps for living room, bedroom, bath and kitchen—and get enlightened about modern design.

03.29.2021
A night at the Tileworks.

Create inspiring, beautifully illuminated rooms. Review our wide selection of stylish contemporary lamps for living room, bedroom, bath and kitchen—and get enlightened about modern design.

03.29.2021
A night at the Tileworks.

Create inspiring, beautifully illuminated rooms. Review our wide selection of stylish contemporary lamps for living room, bedroom, bath and kitchen—and get enlightened about modern design.

03.29.2021
A night at the Tileworks.

Create inspiring, beautifully illuminated rooms. Review our wide selection of stylish contemporary lamps for living room, bedroom, bath and kitchen—and get enlightened about modern design.

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130 E Swamp Rd, Doylestown, PA 18901
215.239.9797
info@thetileworks.org

TILEWORKS TOUR


Dive into the world of Mercer at your own pace. Explore the decorative halls and historic workshops that lay throughout the grounds. Watch our craftsmen as they turn wild Bucks county clay into Mercer tiles.

Book Now

TOUR WITH EXPERIENCE

Available Tuesdays!
Tour our historic tile factory. Led by our experienced artisans, you will make your own 3"x3" Moravian Tile using traditional methods and authentic glazes! Your original creation will be ready for pick up in about four weeks. Shipping is available for an additional fee. No experience necessary.

Book Now

STEAM ENGINE
TOUR

Come see our Metropolitan Steam Engine operating in the Moravian Pottery and Tile Works! Learn the important role of the steam engine and other historic machines used in historic tile production.
February 9th at 3:00.

Book Now

TILEWORKS TOUR


Dive into the world of Mercer at your own pace. Explore the decorative halls and historic workshops that lay throughout the grounds. Watch our craftsmen as they turn wild Bucks county clay into Mercer tiles.

Book Now

TOUR WITH EXPERIENCE

Available Tuesdays!
Tour our historic tile factory. Led by our experienced artisans, you will make your own 3"x3" Moravian Tile using traditional methods and authentic glazes! Your original creation will be ready for pick up in about four weeks. Shipping is available for an additional fee. No experience necessary.

Book Now

STEAM ENGINE
TOUR

Come see our Metropolitan Steam Engine operating in the Moravian Pottery and Tile Works! Learn the important role of the steam engine and other historic machines used in historic tile production.
February 9th at 3:00.

Book Now