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Kali Robledo

Kali Robledo

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.



Installation Stories: A Color Lover’s Ogee Drop Backsplash

Our Ogee Drop shape in Tomato Red, a custom spin on Tangerine and Sorbet

When first venturing in to the world of tile and kitchen renovations, Nori Heikkinen received an enthusiastic Fireclay recommendation from friends who had recently completed a studs-up remodel on their own home, and decided it was time to check out our tile for herself.  After a successful showroom visit and design consultation with our talented San Francisco designer, Valeria, Nori knew she had found the perfect tile to include in her kitchen remodel.

Before the renovation Nori's kitchen was usable but not suitable for someone who loves to cook.  "There were no upper cabinets at all, the island doubled as a bar, but it wasn't really usable as such, and the kitchen itself was only 28" wide, making it basically impossible for more than one person to work in it at once," she says.  After purchasing the home Nori quickly got to work opening up the space, installing all new cabinetry, counter tops, a beautiful ROHL Shaws Original farm-style sink, and a colorful new Fireclay backsplash.

Nori's kitchen when she was originally looking at buy the home

"My condo is part of an 1885 Victorian, so I wanted a kitchen that was both classic (white cabinets and Italian marble), but also didn't look out-of-place with the original aesthetic" Nori says, "So I chose cabinet faces whose shape mirrored the crown molding and trim of the house, and tried to keep the overall design from being overly modern."  The one place Nori took some artistic license was the tile for her backsplash.  "I love color, and wanted a pop of something eye catching," she says.

The final kitchen renovation

Nori worked with friend and designer Ming Thompson of Atelier Cho Thompson to come up with all the final details including her backsplash design.  "Mings got a great eye that I've admired for years in everything from her outfits to the cupcakes she bakes" says Nori, "I felt like I needed a designer's eye to help me narrow down the sea of choices at the end of the remodel, and Ming was great to bounce every idea off of, no matter how small.  She immediately heard my preference for both being bold but classic, and suggested the Ogee Drop shape as a way to do something funky without going too mid-century."

Together with the assistance of our design consultant, Valeria, Nori and Ming chose a blend of Tomato Red, Sorbet and a customized version of Tangerine.

The final Ogee Drop installation

General contractor, Craig Cummings worked with Nori on the Installation of her Ogee Drop backsplash.  "He has done many tile installations before, he and his assistant did a great job, even with the tricky shape," says Nori.

Nori Extended the Ogee Drop backsplash to her custom home bar.

Love this look?  Shop Ogee Drop now.  Need some help?  Simply call, chat or fill out our Design Assistance Form and one of our talented designers will get back to you shortly.

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