About Sisyphus tiles
I have spent the past 18 years playing with tiles. The idea for Sisyphus tiles took root in 1998 when I started making mosaics from tile scraps collected dumpster diving at the local tile store. My passion for tile design soon turned into a full time job as a tile Contractor where I honed my skills installing a variety of ceramic, porcelain, glass and stone tiles.
One fateful day while searching for studio space to make and sell mosaics, I stumbled across a ceramics studio willing to trade space for labor. working around knowledgeable potters I quickly realized the potential for turning raw clay into tiles. so after years of backbreaking labor I turned my attention to designing and fabricating handcrafted tiles.
In the spirit of Sisyphus's struggle and out of respect for our Planet, the health of this community and my own well being I am attempting to operate this business while commuting to the studio via bicycle or city bus. on occasion I have to rent a van to haul tools and materials to the studio or jobsite.
Another way I like to serve my community is to spend a couple hours per week collecting litter along the roads in my neighborhood. This is such a beautiful city and it's going to take some work to keep it that way.
Thank you for showing interest in Sisyphus Tiles.
According to Greek mythology Sisyphus was a self-aggrandizing and deceitful King who was condemned to Hades for eternity. There each day he would begin his punishment rolling a large stone up the mountain, only to have it roll back down again at day’s end. Sisyphus would then head back down the mountain with a heavy yet measured step toward the torment of which he will never know the end. Starting over the next day Sisyphus is forced to acknowledge the contradiction between the desire of human reason and the unreasonable world in which he inhabits. Like the unending movement of the sun and the oceans he labors on in spite of the nonsensical and irrational aspects of his life. He becomes a man who struggles to reach the heights only to be thrown down to the depths to remain himself, alone and solitary. Although confronted with a futile search for meaning, unity and clarity in the face of this unintelligible world devoid of eternal truths or values he finds himself happy as he accepts his fate and takes solace in struggling to reach beyond his grasp.