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San Jose Mercury News: Home & Garden
Bay Area Tile Company Recycles to Create Innovative Designs

By Kathryn Loosli Pritchett

Here's an excerpt from the incredibly complimentary article posted on 9/5/13:

The recipe: Mix clay and water. Then shape, dry and fire.

Making tile sounds as simple as baking a mud pie. But in the hands of a master, the results are original, sought-after works of art.

Paul Burns, founder and chief ceramicist at the Bay Area's Fireclay Tile ever since the company was launched in 1986, started working in this field at age 10. He spent Saturdays and summers learning the skills from his uncle, Ross Chichester, owner of San Jose's Stonelight Tile. By age 15, clients were asking for Paul to help craft their custom orders.

"I've always liked ... turning raw materials into beautiful things," says Burns, who'd spent some time trying to develop and market men's work pants before settling on tile-making as a career, and starting up Fireclay in San Jose with three partners.

"I was working with fabric, rather than clay, at the time, but I realized it was the process (of creating things) that I liked most of all," he says.

Read the full article here.