A new exhibition based on the Batchelder tile collection of architectural historian Robert Winter opens at the Pasadena Museum of History this fall. Winter, a professor emeritus at Occidental College and the author of Batchelder: Tilemaker and other books on the Arts & Crafts movement, has lived for many years in the 1910 Pasadena home where Ernest Batchelder began his first tile factory.
Winter recently donated more than 200 Batchelder tiles and accompanying archival materials to the museum. Most of the tiles were made between 1910 and the early 1930s. The collection includes tiles in the Arts & Crafts style (from landscape reliefs to figural corbels) as well as colorfully glazed tiles of later years in the Mayan, Spanish Revival, and Art Deco styles. There are also half a dozen objects from Batchelder’s rare later line, Kinneloa Ceramics.
Batchelder tiles are now among the most treasured of Arts & Crafts collectibles. Dr. Winter notes that while Batchelder tiles were not inexpensive, people of more modest means were able to afford them. “Hundreds of homes in Southern California and, indeed, the rest of the United States and even Canada are endowed with beautiful Batchelder fireplaces and fountains,” he said in a release.
In conjunction with the exhibition, ceramic artist Cha-Rie Tang, the museum’s artist-in-residence for 2016–2017, will produce tiles for the Commemorative Tile Campaign, a donor recognition program. Cha-Rie owns one of the largest collections of Batchelder molds in the country. The exhibition opens Sept. 17 and runs through Feb. 12, 2017. (626) 577-1660, pasadenahistory.org
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