Carl bergmans and the
Continental Faience & Tile Co.
Kelly Dudley and Kathy Roberts, tile collectors and historians, have dedicated their lives to piecing together the story of the Belgian ceramist, Carl Bergmans, and his business, the Continental Faience & Tile Company in South Milwaukee, Wisconsin. With the support of local artist, teacher, and historian, Ben Tyjeski, a book documenting Bergmans' story and ceramics will be released in the near future. Check back soon for details about pre-ordering the book.
Kathy Roberts & Kelly Dudley
Kathy Roberts and Kelly Dudley have researched the Continental Faience and Tile Co. and the life of its General Manager and President, Carl Bergmans since the mid-1990s. They have traveled near and far from their longtime home in Phoenix, Arizona to collect pottery, tile, and primary documents about Continental and Bergmans, including travels to Belgium. Roberts is a native of South Milwaukee.
Ben Tyjeski is a ceramics artist and K-8 Art teacher at Garland School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He has been documenting historic tile and terra cotta in the American Midwest for over ten years and has authored Architectural Terra Cotta of Milwaukee County and The Animal Tiles at East High in Wausau, Wisconsin. He is the City of Milwaukee Arts Board Mildred L. Harpole Artist of the Year of 2023.
Bergmans Legacy Publications llc