Monday, December 5, 2011

Woman Dipping Candles

Woman Dipping Candles is a clay tile creation of the Mercer Moravian Pottery and Tile Works, a National Historic Landmark, located in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. The originator, Henry Chapman Mercer, a historian, archaeologist, collector and ceramist -- a Renaissance man of the early 20th century, began his enterprise as a result of his archeological investigations and his resultant interest in pottery. He became one of the most successful practioners of the arts and crafts movement of the late 19th and earth 20th Centuries. His designs come from much older European craftsmen. Unlike many craft oriented businesses, Mercer’s Tile Works became extremely profitable. The style of this tile is called brocade work, because it mimics the designs in woven material.

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