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130 E Swamp Rd
Doylestown, PA 18901

Moravian Pottery & Tile Works

Classes


Register Online;  or call us at 215.348.6090.

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 05 - Jan 26, 2020
Handpainted Tiles Saturdays Apr 04 - Apr 25, 2020

Mosaics

 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 Feb 22- Mar 21, 2020
Mosaic Making Sundays Mar 22 - April 26 (closed April 12 -EASTER)

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 09 - Mar 08, 2020
Tile Making  Sundays Jan 11 - Feb 08, 2020