Pattern & Texture in Tile
Over the years, Tiber Creek Ceramics has been inspired by those who live their art by enhancing spaces around them.  Following are listed a few gems we think deserve special attention.  All are located in the U.S.A. and are visit-able in some way, shape, or form.

East Coast

John Early-Washington, DC

Turn-of-the-century concrete maker from Washington, DC whose innovation was his use of colored aggregate, especially as it applied to pattern.  His highly textured works are found primarily in Washington, DC at The National Zoo (the Reptile and Bird Houses), The Franciscan Monastery, The Catholic University of America, Meridian Hill Park, and Terminal A at Washington National Airport.  His concrete was also used to build the Bahai Temple in Chicago, IL.

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Moravian Pottery and Tile Works-Doylestown, PA

Henry Chapman Mercer built a castle, house, and tile works out of concrete in the early 1900s in Doylestown, PA.  The castle (Mercer Museum) houses historical tools that the man collected.  One can go on a guided tour of his incredibly tiled house (Fonthill), and take a self-guided tour through the tile works.  Tiles are still made today under the auspices of Bucks County Historical Society, and a big tile show is staged at Moravian every May.

Olana-outside Hudson, NY

The dream home of Frederic Church, 19th century landscape painter, overlooks the Hudson River.  Outside and inside is found pattern in tile, wooden carving, paint, glass, and paper.  Church named his home after a fortress treasure house in ancient Persia.  Olana is a state historic site.


Seagrove-North Carolina

A hundred potteries dotting the intersection of three rural counties in North Carolina-cool!  It's tons of fun to engage and talk with the friendly potters of this triangle and a great opportunity to see the giant, specialized kilns they build and operate.

Isaiah Zagar-Philadelphia, PA

This man has transformed South Street and other locales in Philadelphia in the past 15 years from straightforward, urban architecture into straightforward, urban art with his huge tile murals.




Edgar Miller-Chicago, IL

Designer-craftsman Edgar Miller incorporated tile, handmade stained glass, carved wood, and cast plaster and concrete into several apartment buildings on the near north side of Chicago, transforming them into singular art abodes.   Walking around the neighborhood, you can catch glimpses of his work on the exterior of the buildings of 155 West Burton Place and 1734 North Wells.

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Pewabic Pottery-Detroit, MI

Pewabic Pottery is an historic pottery nestled in a Tudor Revival building in downtown Detroit.  Mary Chase Perry Stratton was its founder in 1903.  An installation of Pewabic's tiles can be found in the crypt of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC.

Cranbrook-Bloomfield Hills, MI

A consortium of several schools located outside Detroit, MI, many of the Cranbrook buildings were designed by Eliel Saarinen, a Finnish architectural designer, in the 1920s and -30s.  Cranbrook's artisans created furniture, fabrics, and other decorative elements throughout the school.


 Shearwater Pottery-Ocean Springs, MS

Shearwater Pottery started as a family pottery in 1928 and still operates with descendants of the original three artist brothers.  Walter Anderson, one of the brothers, was a prolific artist in other media as well, and a museum of his work is in Ocean Springs too, just east of Biloxi.


Cosanti-Scottsdale, AZ

A strange and wondrous concrete studio arises amidst the sprawl of suburban Scottsdale, AZ.  Architectural visionary and artist Paolo Soleri built his studio in the desert when it was uninhabited for miles around in the 1950s.  Today this working studio casts metal objects and ceramic tile and you can watch.


Dushanbe Teahouse-Boulder, CO     

Painted, wooden ceilings top walls of intricately cast plaster and mirror that reflect carved, patterned wooden posts standing tall in the center of The Dushanbe Tea House.  Outside, the walls are adorned with tile, as are portions of the sidewalk.  Dushanbe, Tajikistan is sister city to Boulder, CO.  Artisans from Dushanbe traveled to Colorado in 1987 to construct the Dushanbe Teahouse as a celebration of sister city ties.




And finally, do you know that you receive a free porcelain figurine when you buy Red Rose Tea?  Just wanted to spread the word!  Look for the specially marked boxes.

And if you need an excuse to use up tea bags fast so you can purchase your next box, here's a great recipe for chai:



3-½ cups water
8 whole cloves
½ tsp. fresh ginger, grated
2 whole cardamom pods
pinch salt
4 black decaf tea bags
1-cup milk
2 tsp. honey or sugar (to taste)


1) In medium pot on medium-high heat, start the water to heat. Add the cloves, ginger, cardamom pods, and salt and bring to a boil for 5 minutes.

2) Reduce heat to medium, add tea bags, and simmer 3-4 minutes.

3) Add milk, return to medium-high heat, and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally.

4) Remove from heat and strain. 

5) Add sugar and serve.  Enough for 4.

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