It would be no surprise to learn that the niche crowd for art-tile enthusiasts is relatively tiny. What may be a surprise is that in this alcove world the annual Tile Festival is Tile Mecca. Held at the Moravian Pottery and Tile Works, Tile Festival draws is a gathering of some of the most beautiful and rarest tiles not to mention an amazing selection of the most important contemporary pieces. This festival is internationally acclaimed for the beautiful display of works, vast historical collections on hand, and its general camaraderie.
At Tile Festival there are over fifty vendor booths of collectors, dealers of historic tiles, and contemporary artists. All gather from across the country to exhibit rare and historical tiles, trade favorite pieces and sell new and old tiles alike. Artistic themes are varied and run the gambit from Nature, to Art Deco, to Pop Culture. Artist demonstrations show visitors the techniques of design, painting, glazing, decorating, mosaic work, and installation. Rare tiles are on display and available for purchase. Food vendors are on hand, but selection is limited.
Enough can’t be said about the wonderful facilities at Tile Festival. The Moravian Pottery and Tile Works – host of Tile Festival – is a national landmark and a working museum. First opened at the turn of the 20th century, the factory still turns out reissues of original art tiles and operates as an archive for various historical tile artifacts. As part of the festival, visitors can tour for free the wonderful and beautiful museum.
Adults nominal fee, kids free – proceeds benefit the museum’s artifact collection. Parking is free.