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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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Tile Festival – May 14 and 15, 2016 –

I spent the weekend at the Tile Festival at the Moravian Tile Works in Doylestown, PA. The weather was blustery with rain passing through at times – we were wearing our winter coats. But the show was as pleasant to attend as always. Here are the tents set up next to the tile works.

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And here is a view of the interior of my tent, before the show started.

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A few pictures of my work on my display.

And the show with shoppers!

I so enjoy seeing the other vendors in this show. Many of them I have gotten to know over the years, and I always like to catch up. And, I always see new work and new faces as well. It’s really easy to become inspired in this atmosphere.

There is also a regular set of customers who attend the show each year. I enjoy showing them my new work and seeing what they think of it. Plus, once again, in many cases, I have gotten to know these repeat buyers a little and we have some nice conversations, about art and a lot of other things. It’s the kind of show where the artist really feels supported.

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I also took some pictures of the Moravian Tile Works and Fonthill, two of the buildings created by Henry Chapman Mercer. I will not go too far into the history of them, since there are plenty of sources, but it’s worth reading up on this interesting man and his ideas. In looking at this pictures, what you need to know is that he wanted to protect and preserve processes or information about processes that were dying away as things became more industrialized – and that he didn’t mind trying things out for himself.

At the tile works, he developed clays and molds to make tiles that continues to this day; the same designs are available and being produced. Mercer tiles are in all kinds of buildings – one of the most notable collections being the Pennsylvania State Capitol building.

I walked over to the Tile Works building – a couple of doors were propped open and here’s what I saw:

The Tile Works building as well as Fonthill, Mercer’s home, are concrete buildings, poured in place. The Tile Works is a pretty straightforward looking place.

Fonthill is another matter. It is a short walk away from the Tile Works and looks out over a lovely green meadow.

And here is the building itself.

Quite a place, right? Tours are given; I’ve been several times. It’s impossible to describe. All I’ll say is, if you are in Doylestown, PA, it would be a shame to miss this complex. And if you are here in May, maybe you’ll happen upon the Tile Festival, too?

Tile Festival Coming Up!

Next Saturday and Sunday, May 14 and 15, I’ll be exhibiting at the Tile Festival at the Moravian Tile Works, Doylestown, PA.

I’ve done the show for several years and if you like tiles, this is the place to go – the show is totally devoted to tiles. Just tiles.

I’ll have my relief tile work on view as well as what I’ve been doing lately, colorful images on 6″ x 6″ tiles.

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Another thing – the entire show is held under large tents. Weather is of no consequence – you’ll be comfortable no matter what the skies bring us.

In addition to the Moravian Tile Works,  Fonthill, the home of tiles works founder Henry Chapman Mercer, is only a few steps away and a tour of that building is worth doing. Doylestown is also home to the Mercer Museum, another of Henry Chapman’s contributions; the Michener Museum; and a lot of good restaurants and shops. It’s easy to make a day or two outing here.

Here’s the show website:

http://www.buckscounty.org/government/MoravianPotteryTileworks/MoravianPotteryandTileWorks/events/tile-festival