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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.

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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Installation Stories: The Glazed Thin Brick Man Cave

When searching for the perfect tile to use in their "man cave" bathroom, Dustin and his wife turned to Yelp for a list of referrals.  After reading our kind reviews, the couple decided to pay our San Francisco Showroom a visit.  "Fireclay was the third tile store we visited while choosing our bathroom tile and it was head-over-heels a better experience than the first two" says Dustin, "We are new homeowners and this would be our first experience ordering custom tile."

After chatting with our talented Design consultant, Wendy, the couple knew Fireclay was the perfect choice for their tile project."Wendy was amazing. From the minute we walked in she seemed excited to be a part of our project and assured us that we would have a great experience," says Dustin.  

The Project:

The couple was looking to transform their home's backyard detachment into a masculine "man cave" with an industrial aesthetic.  After providing Wendy with a selection of photos of the space, she enthusiastically got to work selecting tile and grout samples she felt woud help turn the space into the man cave of their dreams.  Wendy sent the couple home with samples in hand, a ton of ideas and a variety of decisions to make.

Our Glazed Thin Brick shown in Glacier

After searching for the perfect gray subway tile, Dustin and his wife found their match in our unique Glazed Thin Brick.  They chose our cool and contemporary glaze, Glacier.

The couple had originally been leaning toward a white grout paired with the gray brick, but being the tile expert she is, Wendy suggested a dark charcoal gray grout instead.  She reminded the couple that white grout in a bathroom is always tricky to keep clean and choosing the alternative dark gray will help prevent discoloration down the road.

Overview of the bathroom shower installation

The couple acid-stained the concrete floors in the bathroom to a rusty/clay color to match the other masculine tones and textures found in the man cave.  "This seemed to create plenty of color so we felt safe using neutral grays and whites on the rest of the features," says Dustin.  The couple added other masculine accents to the bathroom such as an industrial inspired sink, gray and white textiles, and a deep charcoal gray wall.

Wendy suggested the couple bring the tiles out from the wall a few inches to make it appear as an authentic brick wall.

The final result of the mancave

In the end these happy homeowners now have the perfect masculine industrial shower needed to match their moody man cave.

Interested in using our Glazed Thin Brick in your bathroom?  Learn more here!

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