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Michigan's Tiles.


In addition to the sheep-peeping I did in Michigan earlier this month, I also took in some beautiful tilework made by Detroit's own Pewabic Pottery. As I learned when touring the stunning Guardian Building in downtown Detroit (with its richly glazed Pewabic Pottery ceiling tiles), Pewabic Pottery was founded on Arts and Crafts principles over one hundred years ago, and buildings throughout Detroit (and across the country as well) boast examples of its tiles and mosaics.

 74423. New York Public LibraryThe Detroit Skyline (Image from NYPL Digital Gallery)

Pewabic Pottery remains a prominent creative force in the teaching, exhibition, installation, and craftsmanship of pottery today. Pewabic Pottery's site has plenty of images of its work (click on the Design Studio tab). You can also peruse The Arts and Crafts Movement in Michigan: 1886-1906 and The Pewabic Pottery at the Library if you want to read, learn, and see more. And the National Park Service includes Pewabic Pottery in its recommended Detroit itinerary. As for me, I'm going to head to the 34th Street/Herald Square subway station, which has an installation of tiles from Pewabic Pottery!


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Pewabic paperweight; art tiles closer to NYC

I have a nice Pewabic frog on my desk here at NYPL that I use as a paperweight, a souvenir of a trip a few summers back to Detroit. Those who are interested in this kind of work should also look up the Moravian Pottery & Tile Works in Doylestown, Pennsylvania (not far from Trenton and even closer to New Hope). Their work appears on/in many buildings throughout the Middle Atlantic states and here in New York City (like the Gainsborough Studios at 222 Central Park South), and the tile works are but a day trip away. Be sure to include the nearby Fonthill and Mercer Museums if you are in Doylestown, as they more fully document the amazing life and passions of the tile works' founder, Henry Chapman Mercer (1856-1930).

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