"ART IS MAN'S EXPRESSION OF HIS JOY OF LABOR"

 The laborious process of manufacturing handcrafted tiles begins with cutting 25lb blocks of clay into 5lb blocks.

The laborious process of manufacturing handcrafted tiles begins with cutting 25lb blocks of clay into 5lb blocks.

 the next step is to place a 5lb block of clay onto a textured mat and running it through the slab roller. 

the next step is to place a 5lb block of clay onto a textured mat and running it through the slab roller. 

 The clay slab is then transferred to a ware board which keeps the slab flat. 

The clay slab is then transferred to a ware board which keeps the slab flat. 

 the tiles are cut from the slab using a hand held cutter and then transferred to another ware board. The tiles are sandwiched between two ware boards which keeps the tiles flat while allowing the moisture to escape.

the tiles are cut from the slab using a hand held cutter and then transferred to another ware board. The tiles are sandwiched between two ware boards which keeps the tiles flat while allowing the moisture to escape.

 After drying between the ware boards for 4 days the tile are transferred to wire racks to continue to air dry for 3 days.

After drying between the ware boards for 4 days the tile are transferred to wire racks to continue to air dry for 3 days.

 Once the tiles are bone dry they are placed in a kiln and fired to 2167 degrees.

Once the tiles are bone dry they are placed in a kiln and fired to 2167 degrees.

 The tiles are now ready to be glazed and refired in the kiln. There are a multitude of glaze colors available which can be mixed or layered to produce the desired outcome. 

The tiles are now ready to be glazed and refired in the kiln. There are a multitude of glaze colors available which can be mixed or layered to produce the desired outcome.