Beautiful Planters with Moravian Tiles at Cornerstone Tax Services

Today, Mr. Ed Tezlaf of Avalon Rose Craftworks delivered these spectacular concrete planters that he created from handmade molds.  Each planter is decorated with Moravian tiles from Doylestown, PA and the shape is inspired by a one hundred year old design.

The Story Behind the Planters
by Mr. Ed Tezlaf

“A few years ago I was working on a job where a patio was being torn up and thrown in a dumpster. There was an empty flower planter sitting on it that I suspected was being trashed too, so I asked the homeowner about it. He said that if I wanted it I could have it and he’d help me load it in my van.

Once I brought it home and took my first good look at it, I realized I had something very special. The planter was made out of concrete and looked very old. It was made in the style of the Arts and Crafts Movement and was decorated with familiar looking tile. I had seen tile like this years ago at a museum in Doylestown, Pa”.

The Original Planter

Original Planter

That museum is the Moravian Pottery and Tile Works and it is a working museum operating in the original restored factory. In one wing, craft workers make tile using the same molds and methods used 100 years ago. The tiles are then sold in the museum gift shop and online.

I purchased some tile, returned home, and began working on molds to recreate this remarkable planter. After several weeks of design failures and solutions, I achieved the mold I was looking for. It took a few more weeks to develop the best cement mixture, the right casting techniques, and a unified system for setting the tile.

1910 Frank
Excerpt from Concrete Pottery and Garden Furniture1910.

The final product was stunning, and like a proud parent I took pictures and drove the 40 miles back to the museum. I showed them to the curator who was once again very impressed. He then had something he wanted me to see. It was a rare out-of print book from 1910 entitledConcrete Pottery and Garden Furniture. It contained a photo of a planter very similar to mine and a photo of the artisan who created it, Frank Nahodyl. One chapter described and illustrated how to create a planter using Moravian tiles and wooden molds. The resulting product would have the same dimensions as my planter. Mr. Koehler was surprised at my success without ever having seen the book beforehand. He also encouraged me to create more planters and to offer them for sale.”

Here is a photo blog of the planters that Ed delivered to Cornerstone Tax Services. You have to see the creative device that Ed designed to maneuver these large and heavy objects!  It is truly ingenious.  We hope you’ll stop by and see these lovely additions to the front of our office!





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