In the News – Shards ‘n Snippets Spring-Summer 2017
Tile Heritage Foundation 30th Anniversary Gala and Silent Auction at the Mercer Museum & the Moravian Pottery and Tile Works Tile Festival Weekend!
A SHOUT OUT & THANK YOU! . . . to all who were able to attend the Tile Heritage Foundation 30th Anniversary Gala on Friday, May 19th in Doylestown, PA. It was a delightful party co-hosted byTile Heritage Foundation,Bucks County Historical Society and Moravian Pottery and Tile Works.
We are most appreciative of the SUPPORT for this event that we received from Merola Tile/Somer Tile, Peter Mullins Stone Zone, Joseph Lundgren Consulting, Heritage Tile, Clay Squared to Infinity,Pat & Jim Evanko, Bantam Tileworks, Rolanda Port, and an ‘Anonymous Patron.’
We are equally appreciative of the assistance of the THF 30th Gala committee: Katia McGuirk, Eric Boynton, Vance Koehler, Laura Robinson and Irene de Watteville. Working together, we created a memorable weekend!
The Foundation used the Gala as a platform to present the Tile Heritage Award.Beginning in 1993 the board of directors of Tile Heritage wished to acknowledge those individuals who embodied the Tile Heritage mission in some exemplary way: promoting an awareness and appreciation of ceramic surfaces in the United States. The award is always a tile designed by a tile maker whose spirit and aesthetic related significantly to the award recipient.
The fourteenth Tile Heritage Award was presented toCleota Reed, the author of the book, Henry Chapman Mercer and the Moravian Pottery and Tile Works. Mandy Baker of Whispering Hill Studio, who was Head Ceramist at the Moravian Pottery and Tile Works when Cleota was engaged in the research for her book, produced the Award Tile.
Cleota’s scholarship and her devotion to tiles as a decorative medium has served as an inspiration to hundreds of others who have come to Doylestown and become transfixed by Mercer himself, the legend, and his uniquely fabulous designs and installations. These tiles continue to inspire generations of tile makers throughout the United States and beyond, those who work the earth with their hands and create beautiful things to enrich the lives of others.
A remarkable fundraising weekend resulted for Tile Heritage due especially to the artisans who generously donated tiles, platters and *planters for the silent auctions and festival sale. Artisans’ contributions represent strong advocacy for Tile Heritage, and their generosity is what made the anniversary weekend a great success.
We also thank our Gala and Festival audiences for their spirited participation, bidding in the auctions and buying tiles! About 80 people attended the 30th Anniversary Gala at the Mercer Museum and over 700 people attended the Moravian Pottery and Tile Works Tile Festival over the two-day weekend.
All of the Foundation’s Sponsors and Members nationally are truly a part of the Tile Heritage celebration – 30 Years of Team Work in the PRESERVATION of the valuable stories and records relating to American Tile History — a unique and amazing archive honoring ceramic surfaces in the United States, past and present. Everyone’s support has assisted in sustaining this endeavor!
Get more information at Tile Heritage