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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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At The Factory: Shape Making

Bisqued Ogee Tile

There is one indisputable fact at the Fireclay Factory, the creating of our shapes echos the true and finest craftsmanship of the ages. From the extruder to shipping, these timeless shapes are treated like family–coddled, and nurtured, each piece given the endless attention it deserves. Recently we posted a blog on Modern Moroccan Simplicity featuring many of our favorite shapes so I decided to head down to the factory and really explore the process from beginning to end.

-Susanne

Everywhere there were shapes in various states of completion, from our Ogee up top heading for the drier, to our Paseo below, waiting for glaze.

I was lucky enough to be there on the day they were extruding our Wave shape (a personal favorite). Wet clay was packed into the extruder and long ribbons of our recycled clay slid out on stainless steel tables in the perfect thickness, ready for hand punching. Today our Recycled clay body boasts of over 70% recycled materials, which include post-consumer glass, granite dust, and porcelain from toilets collected to back water conservation efforts in the bay area.

Pairs of Waves are carefully hand cut, cookie cutter style.

The excess clay is trimmed away and thrown back into the extruder for reuse.

Each Wave is placed on a board with meticulous care.  

Then it's off to the drier where most of the moisture is removed minimizing shrinkage and warping before glazing.

24 hours later, glaze is sprayed on the tile, this little video is testimony to the care and attention paid to each and every order.

The tiles are immediately put in the queue for firing in our roller hearth kiln, it takes about three hours.

The final product, another stunning installation. Clearly all the vigilance pays off at Fireclay Tile!

Wave installation in Cyclone

Love our shapes?  Shop our patterns now.  Need some help choosing your favorite?  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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