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Shannon Malone

Shannon Malone

Social Media Maven

Shannon joined the team in 2013 as Fireclay's Social Media Maven. After graduating from the University of California Santa Cruz with a degree in Cultural Anthropology, Shannon pursued her lifelong passion for interior design by working as a freelance writer for Houzz. Her interest in design related content eventually led her to Fireclay where she gets to spend her day spreading the Fireclay word and help get tile to the people!

Favorite thing about Fireclay: The beautiful handmade nature of our tile, especially our new Handpainted Collections.

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Susanne Redfield

Susanne Redfield

Creative Consultant

Tile designer and ceramist Susanne Kibak Redfield merges her Danish roots and love of traditional crafts with a modern sense of restraint that brings just enough to the design without going over the top. After graduating from the University of California Santa Cruz in 1981, Susanne started her own business making ceramic tiles. She introduced Kibak Tile through Kneedler Fauchere, a revered interior showroom to the trade, then spent twenty five years in a successful relationship with Ann Sacks. "I began hearing about Fireclay Tile, their sustainable story and youthful energy really captured my imagination, I absolutely wanted to be part a company that really cares about tomorrow. Designing product for Fireclay Tile is energizing, truly inspirational.

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A Day in the Fireclay Tile Factory

How I learned to make ceramic tile

By Kate Fox, Fireclay Ceramicist

Kate Fox, Fireclay Tile Ceramicist, Making TIle!

Here at Fireclay Tile, every new employee gets the opportunity to visit the Fireclay factory and see just how our tiles are made. Since I'm new to Fireclay's team, I got to experience this opportunity- and let me tell you, it's quite a production. From raw clay to a beautifully crafted Fireclay tile- there are a lot of steps involved! When I first arrived at the factory, our production office manager, Mayra, showed me around and introduced me to the team. I was shown everything, from the extruding machines, to the glazing stations, to the packaging station, to even the kilns which fire the tile using natural gas. I was able to do deco pressing, help unload the kiln, and even paint my own tile- note, don't drink coffee before this one- you need a really steady hand! I even met the "Glaze Master," Mushtaque, who truly is a glaze master once you witness what he does; it's truly magic. To me, it seemed as if he just mixed all these different bins of dust together and poof! There's your glaze color. I was also introduced to the Ramiros. Ramiro P. is the production manager at the factory, and Ramiro L. is the glaze department manager who oversees well, all that has to do with glazing. I met many more very talented people and saw firsthand that every member of the factory team is important to the production process. It was a really great experience.

Fireclay Extruder Hnadsculpting Decorative Tiles Handpainting cuerda seca decorative tiles Hand glazing tiles
Extruding TIles Hand scultping tiles Hand painting tiles Hand spraying tiles

I walked in as the new kid on the block and felt right at home. Not only are the factory members hardworking, but they're also some of the nicest people I've every met (who know how to have a good time too, go soccer break!) I was able to see all the hard work that goes into making our beautiful tile and meet the members of our team that make it all happen. To all the team members of the Fireclay factory, great job!

Kate Fox Day at Fireclay Tile Slideshow

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