Tile artist Laura Reutter began making tiles in the 1990's. It started out as a hobby while she worked at a museum as an art conservator for a living. The Indianapolis Art Center provided a friendly environment for taking ceramics classes and exploring techniques and styles. Tile-making followed from her interest in sculpting, carving and decorating surfaces. The artistic output of 19th and 20th century arts-and-crafts era potteries was also a big influence on her style and design.
After a short period of hobby crafting, while developing appealing designs and glazes, Laura decided to start selling her creations. She found a niche market in the craftsman style. Many people looking to restore their bungalows or building new craftsman-type homes were in the market for decorative tile for their kitchens, bathrooms and fireplaces.
With a move to the Pacific Northwest in 1999, Ravenstone Tiles came to life as a home-based tile studio in Port Townsend, Washington. The natural landscapes, seascapes, old growth forests and dramatic mountain ranges have all been big inspirations to our ever-expanding line of art tiles.