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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