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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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This Tile Used to be Your TV: Introducing CRT

CRT 2x8 in Phosphor

We are excited to officially launch the newest member of our Glass family, CRT!  Our CRT Tile is handmade from 100% post consumer e-waste.  New to CRT?  Here is a little background on this innovative new product.

The Problem:

CRT, also known as Cathode Ray Tubeglass, was used to make the glass screens in old televisions and computer monitors, but after the introduction of LCD displays demand for CRT rapidly declined.  Because there is no good way to recycle CRT, there are over 860 million pounds of it in the US alone.  Rather than finding a way to recycle the material, CRT is typically shipped overseas where it is simply land filled.  CRT disposal is becoming more of an issue everyday, comprising 60% of all e-waste in the US and rapidly increasing.

CRT glass as it arrives at our Factory from ECS Refining

The Solution:

First came ECS Refining, a Bay Area e-waste recycler who developed a process to separate the glass panels from old CRT monitors enabling, the e-waste to be recycled.  Then Paul, being a true scavenger at heart, thought of a way to turn that waste into tile!  After the CRT Glass is sent to us from ECS, we begin a multi-step crushing process that ultimately produces glass particles small enough to melt when exposed to heat.  After developing the technique we needed funding for special production molds to be able to manufacture CRT so we introduced the idea of CRT Tile to the world through a Kickstarter campaign!  A month later we raised over $16,000, and 160% over our goal!

How our CRT Glass Tile is made

The Final Product:

We are now selling our CRT Glass Tile online in its natural cool gray hue, which we appropriately named Phosphor.  Phosphor is available in both gloss and matte finishes and comes in 3 sizes, 2x4, 2x8 and rounds.  Our CRT Glass Tile will have a noticeable level of variation in color due to the different batches of recycled material we receive.

CRT in 2x8, 2x4 and Rounds

 

 

 

CRT variation shown in Phosphor

CRT variation shown in Phosphor Matte

CRT 2x8 in Phosphor and Phosphor Matte

Interested in CRT?  Order a free sample, fill out a Design Assistance Form, or chat us!

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