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Batchelder Tilemaker

Balcony Press

by Robert W. Winter

9 x 9 in; 112 pp;
130 color photographs
Hardcover
September 1999
ISBN 9781890449032
ISBN10 1890449032

SKU# 9781890449032

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"The importance of Ernest Batchelder as an Arts and Crafts tilemaker cannot be overstated. For his innovation in design, his entrepreneurial spirit, his living his life true to the principles that he espoused, he is a man to be admired by all generations....
Batchelder Tilemaker


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Batchelder Tilemaker

"The importance of Ernest Batchelder as an Arts and Crafts tilemaker cannot be overstated. For his innovation in design, his entrepreneurial spirit, his living his life true to the principles that he espoused, he is a man to be admired by all generations." (Joseph A. Taylor, Tile Heritage Foundation)

Ernest Batchelder's ceramic tilemaking enterprise began as a modest backyard venture in rural Pasadena, California but quickly grew to national prominence. In 1908 this enterprising young man left a prestigious teaching position to start his own school and factory, with the goal of establishing a West Coast guild of craftspeople. By 1930 the Batchelder-Wilson Company had showrooms in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, and San Francisco, as well as representation in virtually every major city in the United States. New York, Minneapolis, and Vancouver hosted major Batchelder architectural ceramic installations.
Batchelder remained the preeminent leader of handmade tiles in the West until the Depression forced the closure of his operations in 1932. His clients ranged from restaurants to churches to high rise office buildings, although perhaps the most striking installations remain the many fireplaces gracing modest American bungalows throughout the country.

 

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9 x 9 in; 112 pp;
130 color photographs
Hardcover
September 1999
ISBN 9781890449032
ISBN10 1890449032

Robert W. Winter is a professor at Occidental College as well as the author of numerous books, including Toward a Simpler Way of Life: Arts and Crafts Architects of California, American Bungalow Style, and the seminal Guides to Architecture in Los Angeles and San Francisco. Dr. Winter has lived in Ernest Batchelder's bungalow in Pasadena, California for 20 years.