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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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Handpainted How It’s Made: The Final Edit

Pattern shown: Diamond Contour from the Contemporary Collection

The final edit is a true team effort. Drawings and patterns, can live in a designers notebook for years, but as the final mock ups finally start arriving from the factory it's time for others to weigh in. The creative director starts pulling order from chaos. Colorways are tweaked and grouped, stories start emerging, light, neutral, dark, cool, warm, white. Practicality and viability start becoming  real considerations.

From mayhem the fresh collection becomes visible, but there are still other points of view to consider. The chemist may have an issue with two side by side glazes at odds with each other, the design itself may be take too long to paint making the price point unaffordable, there still might be a need to play with scale for the greatest impact. Comments, critics are solicited and welcome, new eyes are key in the editing process.

With a sample wall like this, editing color stories can be a major challenge. Our colors stimulate the senses, and are there to offer unique and personal expressions of taste, choice, and personality. 

Osbourne and Little wallpaper; Tile colors shown: CycloneDriftwood, and Oyster Shell

There are so many places to find the perfect palette. I find inspiration wandering through the archives of the great fabric and wallpaper houses.  Jack Lenor Larsen, Osbourne and Little, Cowtan Tout, Clarence House all serve up tried and true eye-pleasing color blends.

We use the design program, Sketch-Up to visualize scale.  In this drawing we took the Isosceles pattern and bumped it up for its final version.

Good call! We love our newer version of the pattern so much we installed it in our own office kitchen.

Kabuki Sphere, cool motif,   Kasbah Trellis, neutral motif,  Diamond Contour, dark motif,  Diamond Lattice, white motif

Once color choices are made final and scale is set, painters diagrams are made up and more samples are produced, which we then use for display boards, photography, and showroom installations.

Another crush is our Diamond Contour in the Dark Motif.  Installed it proved to be a magnificent and powerful statement wall.

Some patterns, like Elephant Star can carry loads of charisma and pop. These are the places we can run a little wild with our myriad of options from the color wall, and the result is, well, magic.

What a knock out floor this would make, warm, inviting, overflowing with charm.

Image: chest

Ready to explore Handpainted?  Shop the collections now.  Need some help?  Simply call, chat or fill out our Design Assistance Form and one of our talented Design Consultants will get back to you shortly.

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