Tile Festival 2017 – Now a Nice Memory…

We spent the past weekend at the Tile Festival on the grounds of Fonthill/Moravian Tile Works in Doylestown, PA. Held every year, this show celebrates tiles. All kinds, but only tiles!

For information on the site, you can look up Henry Chapman Mercer on your own, but as a quick bit of background, he is the man who built the concrete house (Fonthill) and established the tile works. His life was dedicated to several things, among them being the preservation of implements and objects of pre-industrial everyday life, and making tiles. The tile works continues to produce┬átiles according to his designs and in a handmade manner. The house is Mercer’s interests all in one place. Both are open for tours and are worth seeing if you are ever in the area.

So you can see why the Tile Festival is held at this location. It’s an annual event and draws a devoted crowd of people who appreciate and like and love tiles! As a tile artist, it means a lot to me to have the appreciation I get for my work at this show. And I also am honored to be part of the group of tile artists in this show.

OK, I’ll get to the actual event. We set up on Friday afternoon, a blazing hot day. By Saturday morning, though, the weather had turned chilly and rainy.

We were able to come in and relax until the show started, but others were setting up.

Here are Joe (in the booth) and Sheila of the Tile Heritage Foundation. This organization is dedicated to research and preservation of ceramic and tile surface. I enjoy talking to them each year.

 

In the next picture, you see what art shows run on – coffee and dougnuts. And it’s great when the show organizers have some ready for you. This show also puts on a dinner for all the tile artists on Saturday night. We sit outside the tile works building and socialize. It is a great chance to talk to people – not something you get to do much of during the show, when we’re all busy.

Our tables were set in the middle of the second tent. I’ve had this same space for several years and I love it.

Some of my neighbors’ work:

On Sunday, the weather was still cool but the sky had turned a lovely blue.

I checked out the silent auction at the entrance gate: planters made by various artists in the show. I saw several I’d be happy to take home…

The show was very busy for me. Over the years, I have built up a group of people who look for me and my work; people come to this show year after year and they develop their favorites. As for me, the same thing happens. I have formed personal attachments to many customers and there was a lot of hugging and catching up on things. Several friends also stopped by.

I reflected on this aspect of doing shows – the bonds that form with people. Not only customers who become acquaintances or friends, but also with the other artists. As we were getting ready to leave after packing up, we made the rounds of our neighbors, wishing them a safe journey home, reminding each other that we will meet here again in one year and hoping that the intervening months will be good ones. I have sold tiles in my booth surrounded by familiar faces at this show now for some years and as one artist said, we are like a family.

Nice idea. Have a family reunion and sell tiles. That is what we do here at the Tile Fest!

Tile Festival – May 20 and 21

It’s May, and that means it’s time for the annual Tile Festival held at the Moravian Tile Works in Doylestown, PA.

If you wonder what the show is all about, take a look at last year’s roundup here.

If you like tiles of any kind, this is the place for you. It’s also a very comfortable environment for a show – it’s held in large tents, so that no matter what the weather is, you can be comfortable while you look around.

The show card tells it all! If you are in the area I hope to see you. My booth is in the second tent, in the middle of the space.

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Downtown Glenside Arts Festival – Update

Hello everybody – due to the threatening weather, I’ve decided not to set up at the festival today.

I hate cancelling out on a show, but I’ve got a new philosophy this year – I’m only doing shows that I like and that are comfortable for me. This show I certainly like, but not while sitting in a series of chilly showers or outright rain all day. I’ve done that for many years! and not any more.

Plus, I have my husband to think of, and I think he’s not in shape to deal with this kind of weather. All in all, it just seems the best thing to do today.

So, next show – Tile Festival at the Moravian Tile Works – in May. I’ll set my sights on that one.

Thanks!

Downtown Glenside Arts Festival – Saturday, April 22

All right, everyone, first show of the 2017 season! This one is held along Easton Road in Glenside, PA (the Cheltenham Township section). I’ll be located in Booth 25 and I’ll be exhibiting my paintings.

Keep your fingers crossed for good weather, if you could…

The postcard gives you all the details – take a look.

 

indiemade craft market, December 3

Last show of the season for me – the indiemade craft market, and it all happened on Saturday, December 3.

This show is located in Allentown, PA, and is the creation of two women who wanted to showcase quirky, original, individual art and craft. There is nothing run-of-the-mill at this show, including patrons and vendors. This is my favorite show all year and I look forward to it – it’s a party and a reunion and a shopping opportunity and a selling event all in one. I just love it.

We leave home pretty early for this show, so we always need to stop and get coffee for my husband and gas for the car. This time we stopped in Colmar, PA, on Rte 309.

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The show starts at 10 AM, but a swag bag is handed out to the first fifty adults in line. People wait up to two hours. So when the door opened, the line went around the building! Hooray!

At least that’s what I heard. I was inside setting things up along with everyone else.

I’ll tell you right now I got no shots of the actual show – I was really busy (Hooray again!). So here is what things looked like before the door opened – this is the main hall downstairs. The event is held at the Starlite Ballroom of the Fearless Fire Company and we use the main banquet hall as well as the smaller upstairs room.

You can see that everyone is totally focused on getting things set up, with very intent expressions in evidence everywhere.

My table was located upstairs – I like the quieter atmosphere and less hectic surroundings (the music downstairs is lively and loud!) This year we had an artist installation in the middle of the room. Here’s a photo of upstairs – my table with the white cover is on the right hand side. I have a display devoted to clay – I bring tiles and sculptures to this show each year.

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Sales were great and I was able to catch up with some fellow artists. Usually I have time to visit the DIY events downstairs but this year I was too busy. Looking forward to next year’s event already. Thank you, Ann and Teri, for putting on this show once again!

indiemade craft market – December 3

I’ll be showing clay – tiles, figurines, odds and ends…come and be surprised!

This event features quirky and very original crafts. You will find the kind of thing here that you’ve been looking for, but you didn’t know it until you saw it.

Not to mention music and DIY activities, and of course, a swag bag full of artist contributions for the first 50 adults who come in the door (I’ll warn you, people line up for these).

Look here for details and directions.

I love this show. It’s like a holiday party, in my book. If you come I guarantee you’ll have a good time.

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