artisinal manufacturing in the 21st century
star tile is made by hand at every step – from forming the tile to sanding for bisque, and brush-applying custom glazes by hand. the process is very labor intensive, and the work is done by skilled artisans.
we are not only a training center for the ceramic arts – we are also committed to paying our artisans a living wage, and to giving employment to the people who most need it in our community. we support local immigrants, mothers, students, providing a safe and supportive work environment. we offer bilingual training in our factory and opportunities for advancement.
star tile recently offered ceramic tile training to the students of art division, a non-profit organization dedicated to training and supporting underserved youth who are committed to studying the visual arts. we are partnering with art division in proposing civic tile installations – and the tile would be made by hand by the ad students, earning a minimum of $18 per hour for their work.
we believe that our business can create a positive impact in our neighborhood and city. the tile we produce is truly artisinal and of the highest quality – and it helps support the fabric of our community.