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We are dreamers and adventurers with a tenacious spirit, team is everything at Fireclay Tile. From our factory floor to the bean counters we are a team that looks more like a family. We work hard and play hard. Our team is composed of more than 80 people. We are made of soccer players, adventure racers, potters, triathletes, grill masters, musicians, bakers, rock climbers, photographers, and dreamers.
Paul has been associated with tile for 30 years, first assisting his tile maker uncle at the age of ten. He held several jobs within the tile industry and then formed his own company, Fireclay Tile, Inc. in 1985. Since founding Fireclay, Paul has been a pioneer in the ceramic tile industry coming up with numerous inventions, being one of the first to use recycled materials in his products, and earning the trust and respect of thousands of loyal customers. Paul received his BA from University of California at Berkeley. When not at Fireclay, Paul enjoys coaching his daughter.
Favorite thing about Fireclay Tile: Our Colors
Eric Edelson joined Fireclay in 2009 to manage the business. Previously, Eric was the Vice President of Finance and Business Development at Nuun & Company, the leading sports beverage product in specialty retail. Before Nuun, Eric spent four years at Lehman Brothers in its Private Equity and Principal Investments groups. Eric has a BA from Amherst College and an MBA from Stanford University. Eric is an avid runner loves spending his weekends in the Marin Headlands. Eric can be reached at email@example.com.
Favorite thing about Fireclay Tile: Our customers - they rock
Jamie joined the Fireclay Tile team as Creative Director in 2013. Prior to working with Fireclay Tile she sold the companies products in boutique retail shops throughout the country. Her expertise lies in merchandising, product development and retail store design with over 10 years experience in home improvement retail. She has worked for sustainably minded start-ups in Seattle, WA, San Francisco, CA and Austin, TX. Her passion for bold art and clean design with a healthy dose of restraint, drive most creative decisions in her life and at Fireclay Tile. Away from the daily creative routine, you’ll find her in the pottery studio, camping, hiking, or if she’s lucky… two stepping. Jamie holds a degree in Art History from Virginia Tech.
Favorite thing about Fireclay Tile: The raw creative energy that exists at our Aromas, CA factory.
Rebecca has been designing and developing Fireclay Tile's website since 2009 and joined as Head of Technology in 2013. She is a full-stack developer passionate about best practices for user-driven information design on evolving platforms. After graduating from Harvard with a degree in Applied Math, she worked on the first internet community-right-to-know searchable database of environmental polluters for the EPA and was the Senior Programmer and VP of Petfinder.com. Rebecca is a former member of the US Long Course Triathlon Team, yogi, inspired chef, skier, climber and mother to three.
Favorite thing about Fireclay Tile: I love our customer installation photos! Our product always elevates and transforms every building and renovation project that it's incorporated into.
Bill has a degree in ceramics from UCSB and has worked in the ceramic industry since 1970 working extensively in the United States, Germany, and Asia for a variety of specialty dinnerware, giftware, tile, and brick manufacturers. He has been immersed in every phase of the chemistry, production, design, sales, marketing, and installlation of ceramic products. He feels most fortunate to have been able to spend so many years working in such an important global industry that has been reconfiguring the earth’s crust into beautiful objects for a few thousand years. Away from the wonders of ceramics, he spends as much time hiking, surfing, and rock-climbing with his family as daylight will allow.
Favorite thing about Fireclay Tile: The alchemy of converting broken windows and cast-off toilets into beautiful ceramic and glass tile!
Carlos joined Fireclay in November 2014. Before FireClay, Carlos was a manufacturing consultant in Latin America and a VP of Operations at Robert Mann Packaging. Carlos has Twenty Years of manufacturing experience, a Former Naval Officer (US Navy) and holds a masters degree from the School of Industrial Management at NJIT.
He is a Passionate flier and certified as a commercial, Instrument and multi-engine land pilot ratings and dedicates his spare time with his family time and as a ESL tutor among other volunteer community activities.
Favorite thing about Fireclay Tile: As a former musician, I have a keen appreciation for art. I love the colors and the beauty we make and display.
Eddie joined Fireclay in 2014 to manage the E-commerce side of the business. Prior to joining, he was at Chrome Industries from 2008 to 2014 and helped grow the E-commerce from a few orders printed out and then manually entered into Quickbooks, to a major revenue channel for the business. Eddie studied Information Technology, Multi-media, and Game Art & Design. In his free time, he enjoys going for bike rides, hiking, playing the guitar, and looking at data.
Favorite thing about Fireclay Tile: Focus on Sustainability and being a California company through and through.
Alex has worked at Fireclay for over 13 years and manages our trade orders and customer service. She is exceptionally detail oriented and friendly, and truthfully she could teach MBAs proper customer service. When not at the office Alex enjoys spending time with her three children. You can reach Alex at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Favorite thing about Fireclay Tile: The hand made characteristics of our tile.
Sabrina grew up in Connecticut, but moved to California a few years ago to San Luis Obispo, where she studied Interior Design. In her free time, she enjoys playing the guitar and songwriting. Sabrina can be reached at Sabrina@fireclaytile.com.
Favorite thing about Fireclay Tile: The classic designs of our Relief Series hand pressed tiles.
After dedicating 12 years to staying home and nurturing 3 fantastic children I decided it was time to rejoin the workforce. I attended interior design classes at Canada College which reignited my love for interior design. I have worked in two high end showrooms and worked for a design build company. Throughout my 15 years of experience my favorite part of a project was always designing with tile. Today I work for this wonderful company who has intrusted me to open our brand new San Francisco showroom!
Favorite thing about Fireclay Tile: Cuerda Seca. This art technique has been popular through out the world for centuries. I love that Fireclay Tile is keeping the art alive.
Yolanda is a Bay Area native and earned her Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Interior Architecture and Design from the Academy of Art University of San Francisco. She previously worked as a Spanish teacher with children in PreK-6th grade, where she also incorporated her background in art and design to her teaching. During her free time she enjoys spending time with her pit bull mix Teddy and visiting new places.
Favorite thing about Fireclay Tile: The variety of shapes that we make with any color using recycled materials.
Born & raised in San Jose, Gina graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology with a degree in Visual Media. She joined Fireclay Tile in 2012 as their all-round designer & photographer. Now, her role is full time photography for some of the most beautiful tile in the industry! When not at work, she enjoys photography, design, cooking, and caring for her 7 pound rabbit.
Favorite thing about Fireclay Tile: Our Contemporary Handpainted collection for their soft, muted colors and timeless design.
Favorite thing about Fireclay Tile: I love the process of creating tile; from my role of making mixes, to watching fresh warm clay load onto the drying racks, and finally the glazing, firing and perfecting of orders for shipment.
Favorite thing about Fireclay Tile: I love how we crush up our own imperfect pieces to be remade, and how we help the eco-system by finding uses for materials otherwise deemed non-usable.
Favorite thing about Fireclay Tile: Our kilns and how they make beautiful tile.
Favorite thing about Fireclay Tile: The popping, brilliant colors of the Crush 100% Recycled Glass Tile.
Favorite thing about Fireclay Tile: I love to handpaint Cuerda Seca tiles.
Favorite thing about Fireclay Tile: To see production from beginning to end from the crush glass and toilets to the end with our beautiful tile.
Favorite thing about Fireclay Tile: I love the different colors, sizes and shapes that I glaze every day. It is never boring.
Fireclay is blessed to have some of the most loyal employees including Ramiro Plascencia. Ramiro is an exceptionally skilled craftsmen and production manager and has been working at Fireclay since 1993. Ramiro manages Fireclay's factory in Aromas, CA.
I love all of the amazing and unique tiles that we make every single day, especially our beautiful handpainted collection.
Mushtaque came to the United States in 1986, and while he originally thought he was going to interview at an electronics company, he stumbled into Fireclay and asked Paul for a job. Fast forward 24 years later and Mushtaque has become a glaze master unlike any other. Showing up for work every day in his lab coat, Mushtaque works wonders using only the finest grit and glaze ingredients. Mushtaque ensures we do everything right when it comes to glazes - no lead, no off-gases, only the best. The colors he produces are rich and vibrant, and with time he can produce almost anything. While Mushtaque constantly tries to improve our glaze consistency, even he admits that our color variation is what makes Fireclay Tile most unique.
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Cleo is a San Francisco born native who has lived all over the west coast, basically anywhere her dad could get a good wave session in. After graduating from UC Davis, Cleo moved to Bangkok, Thailand to teach English for a year before moving into the e-learning software industry. It was an amazing experience for her as the Thai culture is so rich in history and influential in design today. Upon returning to San Francisco, Cleo headed up online customer acquisition for Own Products. Now she manages Fireclay's lead generation platform and customer acquisition.
Favorite thing about Fireclay Tile: I am proud to be a part of such an influential company with roots in sustainable manufacturing! Tile to the People!
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.
Yvette is originally from Berkeley but has lived all around the Bay Area. She attended San Francisco State University and achieved her Bachelors of Science degree in Interior Design. Yvette previously worked as a Design Consultant and assisted clients with remodeling their kitchen and/or bathrooms with all sorts of natural stone and tile for almost seven years. Her hobbies are watching football with her three brothers (go 49ers!), taking care of her little nephew and on weekends you can find her with her boyfriend or her mom at their local antique/salvage/thrift shop for new DIY projects.
Favorite thing about Fireclay: Our Ogee shape and the fact that we hand make each tile specifically for each client.
Shelly is an experienced designer and artist who has an eye for detail and quality. After taking a break to stay home and care for her two young children she is now returning to work and is excited to help you design your perfect space with Fireclay Tile!
Favorite Thing about Fireclay tile: I love how Fireclay makes tile extraordinary by combining art, design, technology, and a lot of hard work. I believe the best is still to come as we continue to learn and grow.
Favorite Thing about Fireclay Tile: I love getting into the zone of cutting materials to a customers' desire, I imagine the area it will go in and enjoy making sure it is cut to the exact size and dimensions. I love knowing it will make a great difference in the installation.
Emily is originally from Reno, NV but has lived all over the United States, before finally settling in San Francisco. She has a degree in Journalism and Spanish but has always had a strong passion for the art & design industry. She enjoys interacting with people and helping in any way that she can. She spends her free time with her cat, Bradley Cooper, loves a good book or movie, and is obsessed with seeing live music.
Favorite Thing About Fireclay TIle: Taking recycled materials and making gorgeous glass tile, especially in BLACK & ORANGE!!!! Go GIANTS!
Lauren is a native of the San Francisco Bay Area and has a degree in Business Economics from UCSB. She worked in business management for several years before beginning interior design classes and eventually joining the team at Fireclay Tile. Lauren brings her strong background in customer service and design to her role as Design Consultant, where she helps online customers select the perfect tile for their projects. In her free time Lauren enjoys listening to music, snapping pictures, and exploring the Bay Area and beyond!
Favorite thing about Fireclay Tile: Our many customer service channels including phone, email, live chat, and showroom visits. Not to mention our beautiful handmade products!
Brittany’s background in Art History at UC Santa Cruz helped her build and discover a vast archive of diverse architectural elements and preferred art movements that have become influences in her own life. Her post-graduate education in Interior Design at F.I.D.M and professional experience with sales and design consultant services (with knowledge of over 70 tile companies) contributed to her awareness for the design and installation processes. She values personal connections and collaboration with clients while creating long lasting and unique designs using Fireclay Tile's hand made/sustainable tile, glass and brick! Brittany enjoys the yogi-lifestyle, crafting, singing/ playing guitar, & anything outdoors -camping/hiking in the Bay Area and all over California.
Favorite thing about Fireclay Tile: Our 'green' company and recycled sustainable products that prove you don't have to ruin mother earth in order to create something absolutely gorgeous.
Khai has been involved in the ceramic industry for 15 years. He recently worked in the new product development at Kohler for almost 8 years before joining Fireclay tile in February, 2014. He spent the first 7 years in the ceramic tile industry in Vietnam. Khai loves working with glazes and colors as well as working with designers to bring ideas into real life. Khai has a BS degree in Ceramics from HoChiMinh City Polytechnic University. When not at work, he enjoys traveling with his family.
Favorite thing about Fireclay Tile: Fireclay tile story, from how it was formed to how it has been evolving into sustainable manufacturing.
David has managed organic and paid search marketing initiatives for large brands in the past; such as Kentucky Fried Chicken and Sears. David also has a passion for Art, having worked at the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach California during his college years. David's favorite movie is Point Break, and is a huge comic book enthusiast.
Favorite thing about Fireclay Tile: The Colors!
James joined Fireclay in September of 2014 working with commercial and residential sales. Before and after graduating from the University of California Santa Cruz with a degree in Environmental Studies, James worked in USA made clothing manufacturing and retail, managing many stores throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. With great enthusiasm for genuine customer service and the world of design, James felt right at home with Fireclay Tile.
Favorite thing about Fireclay Tile: Fireclay's dedication to sustainable practices and use of recycled materials.
Serena hails from Southern California. She moved to the Bay Area for art school and graduated with a degree in graphic design from California College of the Arts. Before joining Fireclay Tile, Serena worked at several small Bay Area design studios where she worked on branding, print and web design projects, oftentimes for clients in the nonprofit sector. In her free time Serena enjoys cooking, gardening, bicycling and doing DIY projects with her husband. She's also completely obsessed with her boxer pup, Herschel.
Favorite thing about Fireclay Tile: The amazing colors and timeless design
Earned a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design at San Francisco State University. Early in her college career she had an art background that evolved into a love for interior design. Her approach to interior design is to make each room a functional piece of art. In her free time she dabbles in various DIY projects while blasting Foreigner.
Favorite Thing About Fireclay Tile: The numerous ways that we strive for sustainability and our Contemporary Hand Painted Collection.
Caitlyn moved from Portland, Oregon to join the Dream Team in 2014. She has a degree in Art History with an emphasis on Industrial and Architectural Design History. Over the last several years Caitlyn has been teaching art classes and delivering excellent customer service as a case manager. She is passionate about design on a micro level from fixtures, building materials and lighting. In her spare time she enjoys exploring her new city's various markets and restaurants, building furniture and bowling.
Favorite thing about Fireclay Tile: The constant experimentation and innovation of colors, shapes and hand-painted patterns creating infinite design possibilities.
Kali happily joined the Dream Team in the beginning of 2015. After graduating with degree in Journalism from the University of Oregon, she moved to San Francisco to work in her chosen field. While working at an arts/design magazine, she soon found that although she loved the subject matter, her path lay elsewhere. A person who has always enjoyed working with her hands, Kali fell naturally into visual merchandising and from this her interest in interior design grew. It was this interest that led her to Fireclay, where she feels privileged to work for a company that puts so much focus on sustainability, genuine customer service and creating such beautiful, hand-made product.
Favorite thing about Fireclay Tile: I love that every single tile is made by hand and made to order.
Amanda is a proud graduate of UC Santa Cruz (go Slugs)! She studied Film & Digital Media, and hosted a radio show on UCSC's station, KZSC, throughout college. Though her focus in school was in media studies, her passion for interior design was what sparked her interest in joining the Fireclay Tile family. She is thrilled to be a part of the Design Consultant team, and is excited to help clients create the spaces of their dreams with Fireclay's stunning handmade tiles.
Favorite thing about Fireclay Tile: The rich history of the company and how Paul got everything started. Fireclay has always been a labor of love, which shows in the beautiful products and genuine customer service!
Fireclay’s resident wordsmith, Pearl Shin is a Pisces that hails from Chattanooga, TN. After spending her adolescence in Nashville, home of country music and backdrop to Justin Bieber’s Christmas hit “Mistletoe,” she relocated to Boston to study Communications at Boston College. Upon graduation, she landed a job as a product copywriter for Joss & Main, Wayfair’s high-end furniture and decor flash sales site. Around this time she was also serendipitously introduced to Eric Edelson, who was seeking a freelance copywriter for a little company called Fireclay Tile. Over 300 color descriptions and countless gallery projects later, Pearl joined the Fireclay team full-time in April 2015. When Pearl is not writing you can find her at karaoke bars channeling Celine Dion or staring longingly at her embroidered portrait of Nicolas Cage.
Favorite thing about Fireclay Tile: The free swag.
Kris brings to Fireclay Tile over 10 years of accounting experience in the architecture and non-profit sectors. Joining our team is the perfect intersection for his love of design and the environment. When not counting beans, you can find him enjoying the Bay Area's coastal mountains' views and fresh air.
Favorite thing about Fireclay Tile: I love our commitment to sustainable manufacturing and the handmade nature of our products.
Favorite thing about Fireclay Tile: Giving high fives!
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