Lee Gruber was intrigued when David del Junco asked her on a date to a pottery and tile workshop in the 1990s. Little did she know that date would change the course of her life.
As they roamed the storied halls of Moravian Pottery and Tile Works in Pennsylvania, the pair fell in love with the beauty of the handmade tiles. During the tour, they were awestruck not only by the intricate tile designs, but also by the fact that people were still using their hands to produce tiles in the modern era.
With permission, the duo observed and snapped photos of the machines and processes for the rest of the day. As their trip came to a close, they realized this was their future.
“We said to each other, ‘We can do this. And this is something we could do together,’” Gruber says. Gruber and del Junco are cofounders and owners of Syzygy Tile.
By Kristen Meriwether
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