The marvelous patterns and colors of cement tiles—also known as encaustic tiles—are not a product of a glaze but of colored clay. Centuries after they were originally manufactured, the production process today remains essentially the same. Molds are made based on the individual tile's design. Unique colors are mixed with precision using cement, stone powder and pigment, and hand-poured into the molds. After the color layer has been poured, a mixture of cement and sand is added to strengthen the bond between layers before the tile is hydraulically pressed. The pressed tiles are then racked and, lastly, cured underwater for 24 hours before finishing. This labor intensive, multistep process produces unique tiles with unparalleled durability, character and beauty, while honoring a long, rich history of traditional craftsmanship.