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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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Reclaiming Wastewater!

Recently in the Aromas factory, Fireclay Tile installed a new wastewater reclamation system for our automatic glazing machine.  This machine produces wastewater that has over sprayed glaze in it.  Our new system provides us with a more efficient way of collecting and re-using that wastewater.

The wastewater is pumped from our collection trench into the tank pictured.  After a day or so, the solids from the glaze separate from the water and settles to the bottom of the tank.  The "clean" water is then pumped out of the top of the tank and used to clean the automatic glazing machine, which sometimes happens twice a day.  The used glaze that has settled to the bottom of the tank is then drained out and mixed into our clay mixes for future tile orders! 

Very cool stuff!!

Wastewater tank outside Fireclay Tile factory in Aromas, California

Side view of Fireclay Tile's wastewater tank where glaze solids settle in the wastewater

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