I am Fay Jones Day, the artist who makes the tile that you see on this website. This is a one person business. I also make and maintain the website, answer your emails, and pack up the tiles and samples to ship out. My studio is a little cottage surrounded by oak and pines trees, out in the country, in Alpine, Oregon. I live with my husband, artist Jonathan Day, and our cat Jennie.
I have always enjoyed making things with my hands. Clay has been my favorite medium since childhood. In high school I wanted to be a sculptor, but that was to be delayed for almost 20 years. 1989, I got some clay and started teaching myself to make figurative sculpture. While making sculpture, I discovered that I really enjoyed surface decoration, and I changed to making tile in 2000.
There have been lots of changes in the last 16 years. I quit my day job and moved out to the country. With that came a fair size studio and my own hours. This year I decided to only buy American made clay and glazes. That as well as using all recycled packaging are changes I feel good about.
Tile made by a person, not an impersonal company.
Making the Original
Each of my tiles patterns first began with an idea. I usually make a sketch. I sculpt the original from wet clay. This required time and hours of detailed carving.
Pressing the Tile
While tile factories use huge hydraulic presses to press clay into their molds, I have found that standing on my clay and mold works very well. In a few hours I can gently tap the tile out of the mold. The new tile must dry for a week or two, before I fire it the first time.
The first firing takes 12 hours to fire and 12 hours or more to cool. Then I apply the glazes with a brush. Many of the glazes require three to four coats and many of my tiles require several different glazes, and multiple firings. Each glaze kiln load takes about 6 1/2 hours to fire and 12 hours to cool down, before I can open the kiln and see how the tiles turned out.
This website and it's contents are made by Fay Jones Day © 2016
"For, me the process of making a tile from it's conception to completion by hand, is so much more rewarding, than using machines, hiring staff or out sourcing could ever be". Fay
When I am finished making the original, I pour plaster to make a mold, from which I can make duplicate tiles. The mold must cure for several weeks, before I can make my first tile.