Win­ter’s Tile

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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, pasade­nahis­

ABOVE eis­to­rian oobert tin­ter in one of his orig­i­nal Batchelder tiles. a “ro­mo­tion for the tile first pro­duced in 1912.

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