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130 E Swamp Rd
Doylestown, PA 18901

Moravian Pottery & Tile Works


Register Online;  or call us at 215.348.6090. Registration for all classes begins September 01, 2018.

Handpainted Tiles

 Ever notice the old Spanish wall tiles in the Fonthill Museum?  Many are made using a 16th century technique that allows one to fill in colors to achieve an easily handpainted tile.  Students will inscribe their own line drawings into plaster blocks and use those blocks to press out tiles with raised lines.  These raised lines will act as retaining walls that we will use to keep the glaze in place as we paint them.  Each student will make 4 (4” x 4”) designs and press and glaze about 15 tiles.  Classes meet weekly for 4 sessions from 9am – 12pm.  

Handpainted Tiles Sundays Jan 06 - Jan 27, 2019
Handpainted Tiles Saturdays Mar 30 - Apr 20, 2019


 Learn how real Moravian mosaic panels are made!  Combine smoky matt surfaces with glossy glazes to achieve a classic blend of surface, texture and color.  This intro class for beginners will explore making mosaics using the traditional techniques of the Tile Works.  Each student will start by creating their design for a mosaic, and carry it through the process all the way to mounting in a cement bed.  Students will be limited to a maximum 12” x 16” mosaic.   Classes meet weekly for 5 sessions from 9am – 12pm.  

Mosaic Making Saturdays Jan 5 - Feb 2, 2019
Mosaic Making Sundays Feb 10 - Mar 10, 2019

Tile Making

Learn how to make a plaster master mold and a production mold.  Students will carve a design into a plaster block to make a master mold and then cast a plaster production mold they can use to press tiles.  These pressed tiles will look like their master mold design.  Student will make one master and one production mold.  Each student will produce about 20 glazed tiles of their design.  These tiles will be dipped in glazes and not hand-painted. Classes meet weekly for 5 sessions from 9am – 12pm.  

Tile Making  Saturdays Feb 16 - Mar 16, 2019
Tile Making  Sundays Mar 24 - April 28, 2019 (no class Easter 4/21)