We start with moist clay, in this case it’s white earthenware, manufactured in Massachusetts.
The clay is placed on a slab roller.
The slab is now at the proper & uniform thickness.
A plunge-cutter is used to make the tile shape, with an overage amount to allow for shrinking.
The moist clay is placed into a plaster mold.
We use a manual tile press to force the clay into the mold.
The plaster mold draws moisture from the clay, and that allows the tile to be removed.
For small quantities of tiles, a laser-cut template is placed over the moist clay, and together they are run through the slab roller.
The plunge-cutter creates the proper shape.
After about 1 week of drying, the greenware is placed into the kiln for the bisque firing.
We can use a spray booth to apply the glaze to the bisque tile.
The tiles are then loaded into the kiln for a second time, known as the glaze firing.