Hand crafted tiles, Nature lover, Bee keeper, Moravian,

Salisbury, North Carolina


Edward Tezlaf

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Edward Tezlaf


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The Serendipitous Tile Maker

I have been fascinated with the Arts and Crafts style for decades. Long before I learned there was a name for it all, I loved it. It just rang true with me on a very basic level. I spent many years as a remodeling contractor and especially loved when I had the chance to work in the Craftsman style.
My introduction to tile making took place at the Moravian Pottery and Tile Works in Doylestown PA., an hour's drive from my home in New Jersey. The MTPW began making tiles in the late 1890's and was a major influence in establishing the Arts & Crafts Movement in America. It was here that I learned the century's old methods that I still use today.
The reason I took the tile making classes is an important part of my story. While working on a remodeling project I rescued a large planter that was destined for the dumpster. It was made of concrete and was embedded with ceramic tiles. I recognized the tiles as being Moravian Tiles and later learned that it was handmade in 1910. I always appreciate a challenge and decided that I would figure out a way to re-create it.
After much trial and error I was soon making beautiful planters.... some were large like the original and some were smaller 7 and 9 inch cubes. At first I used authentic Moravian tiles but soon yearned to create my own. I signed up for the tile making classes and have been making and using my own tiles ever since. Tile making has taken center stage and has become the main focus of all I do.
I've been living here in Salisbury, NC since 2014 and have a large studio workshop in my home. I use an old manual Gare kiln that is perfect for me. I love working on my tiles. I have my radio and ipod hooked up to some great speakers and time just slips away. I have taken more ceramics classes but mostly I have learned from reading books, online articles and videos, and LOTS of trial and error. I feel I have developed my own style and enjoy branching out into new directions.
I love doing what I do.

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