Owner LEE said…
When I was a child, I remember that I saw a lot of oxcarts in every tile factory waiting for the red tiles be done. These memories and situations which I grew up in with the kiln factories let me memorize the view of my father’s back and the hard-working faces of my ancestors. After I finished the military service, I lived in the kiln factory with my mother. Although I worked in the bank, I still kept the part-time job of delivery. At that time, the depression of traditional tile industry is really serious. I couldn’t bear to let my parents do such an exhausting work and to see this family company come to an end. After struggling for a long time, I decided to quit the job in the bank and take over Tile Factory.
At that time, I was learning how to operate Tile Factory from my uncle and thinking the way that can thrive the traditional tile industry again. Afterwards, we came up with an idea that we could promote Tile Factory by combining traditional culture and power of community. This idea brought many local friends who have the sense of community identity together. We started from culture tour, tile crafts teaching and experience activities. After a long process, we can finally see the embryonic from the reconversion of traditional tile industry to culture creative.
Taiwan had lost a lot. But tiles may keep something for us.
The legend of lands has spread from farming. A silence change happens while walking barefooted. When I look back, I can see the scar of years through the window of memory. It is telling a story of tiles slowly in this rush era through the power of dreams, thoughts, and heartbeats.
There are many kinds of lives, introverted, crowed, undisciplined, complicated, slowly. We use the square tiles to spread the temperature which we could see and touch. In the simple lifestyle, we could feel the familiar but faraway view.
The Old-time of Taiwan
Simply touching and tender describe the love of time passing.
It has the warmth of lights, the face expression of smile, and the depth of ancient and modern. All of these wait for time circulation quietly.