Ravenstone Tiles will be taking orders on a limited basis in 2022. We will probably take on two to four orders per month, depending on size and complexity. If you would like to place an order please contact Laura to put your name on the list and get an idea of the timeline for completion. Unfortunately we are unable to do rush orders. Thank you! Phone: 360-379-6951 Pacific Time; email: cedar@olypen.com

How We Make Our Tiles

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A design on paper is transferred to a wet clay slab. Then I carve and sculpt the clay to create an original tile.
  • A design on paper is transferred to a wet clay slab. Then I carve and sculpt the clay to create an original tile.
  • I make a plaster mold of the original tile. The original is destroyed in the process, but now I have a mold we can use to make many more tiles of this design.
  • Next, we'll make a tile using our mold. We roll out slabs of wet clay.
  • The clay is pressed into the mold by hand and using a rolling pin. Excess clay is removed from the back of the mold with a wire tool.
  • After a couple of hours the clay tile shrinks enough to pop out of the mold. We dry the tile overnight on a piece of sheetrock.
  • The newly made tile is then placed on a metal rack the next day to dry completely for about a week.
  • Once our tiles are dry, they are low-fired to a bisque temperature (around 1900 degrees F).
  • Next, our tiles are glazed by brushing and pouring on the glaze colors. This is one of the most time-consuming parts of the process.
  • Finally, the tiles are fired a second time to a much higher temperature (around 2150 degrees F) to vitrify the glazes and create a durable stoneware tile. Firing to this temperature ensures that the tile is suitable for any installation such as a shower, backsplash, fireplace, pool or outdoors in the most extreme temperatures.

RAVENSTONE TILES
Laura Reutter & Tim Taylor
1633 Cherry Street
Port Townsend, WA 98368
360.379.6951 Pacific Time
Email: cedar@olypen.com