"There are moments when art attains almost to the dignity of manual labor."
Sisyphus tile is owned and operated by me, Jay Reese at Odyssey Studios - located in the popular River Arts District of Asheville, North Carolina. I make and install all the tiles by hand.
The Spirit of Sisyphus
I am fascinated by the expressive nature of tile due to its wide variety of shapes, colors and patterns. It is a joy to create enduring beauty with simple natural ingredients and a meditative creation process.
In the spirit of Sisyphus - the namesake of this business, and out of respect for our environment and my own well being I operate Sisyphus Tile through bicycle and city bus commute. According to Greek mythology, each day Sisyphus would roll a large stone up the mountain, only to have it roll back down again at day’s end. It is this spirit of struggle that I emulate through the process of making tiles by hand and how I choose to travel.