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Arts & Crafts fireplace tile is enjoying a resurgence in popularity . . . once again . . . thanks to renewed interest in natural, hand-crafted designs. As beautiful as it is natural, it has a warmth and timeless appeal that makes it ideal for use in virtually any setting!

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The   Arts and Crafts Movement,   a British,   Canadian,  Australian,   and American   aesthetic  movement  oc-
curring  in  the last years of the 19th century  and  the  early years of the 20th  century,  began  as  a  protest against   machine   age   artificiality. Spearheaded  by  John Ruskin (1819-
1900) and William Morris (1834-1896)  in England,  the movement sought to create new and better living environ-
ments  for  people by utilizing natural building  materials in their homes and
by  employing  fine  craftsmanship  in assembling those materials.

The  movement  subsequently spread
to other countries,  including the Unit-
ed  States,  where  it  enjoyed immense  popularity until well into the first quarter  of the 20th century.    As the decade of the 1930s got underway, however,  changing  tastes and  the Great Depression signaled the end of the Arts and Crafts Movement in America.

Fortunately, another move toward honesty of materi-
als and craftsmanship is steadily growing  at  present,
as many of us turn away from the  "plasticization"  of
the modern world.   A renewed appreciation for hand-
crafted designs using natural materials is,  once again, reviving the fireplace tile designs and production tech-
niques of highly skilled artisans from the past.

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The  Arts and Crafts Movement  produced  a  vast  array of tile styles and tile-making  techniques.    Everything from subway tile to the early English styles  of  William  Morris  and  William de Morgan to California reproduction styles . . . . . and  a  variety of looks and finishes ranging from soft,  warm muted  tones  and  subtle  color  blends  (below left)  to precise geometric shapes and sharply contrasting color schemes (below right).

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The most common . . . . . and popular . . . . . classic Arts and Crafts motifs are the tree, acorn, and pinecone.   The following examples, as well as the example  above left,  depict a variety of ways in which these motifs are in-
corporated in the tiles.

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One  of  the  few  remaining  pottery and tile works from the heyday of the Arts and Crafts Movement  in America is Pewabic Pottery in Detroit,  Michi-
gan.    Founded  in  1903  and  operated  by the same family until the early 1960s,  the  Pottery  fabricates  heirloom quality architectural tiles for both public and private installations, as well as reproductions and adaptations of its  historic  designs.    The  tile is well known for its spectacular iridescent glazes in rose,  green,  gold, purple and copper.    Pictured below are some striking examples of wall, floor, and fireplace tile from Pewabic Pottery.

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Ernest Batchelder (1875-1957),  another  leading designer and producer of fine  hand-crafted  tile  during  the heyday of the Arts & Crafts Movement, succumbed  to  the Great Depression and was forced to close the doors of his tileworks. However, the resurgent interest in Arts & Crafts tile in recent years has brought about the opening of new studios dedicated to faithfully reproducing,  as  well  as creating Batchelder-inspired fireplace tile designs, such as those pictured below.

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Please click here to see more Batchelder tiles.


Hand-crafted fireplace tile derived from Arts and Crafts styles and designs is truly timeless.  Much of it inspired by  nature,  it  is as relevant today as it was a century ago.   And very likely,  it will be equally relevant a cen-
tury from now.


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