Graphic patterns: Handpainted collections from Fireclay Tile

Artisanal tile design company Fireclay Tile, which recently acquired Kibak Tile in Sisters (and with it the talent of its founder Susanne Redfield), has launched handpainted tile collections from Redfield, who is said to have refreshed the look and feel of Fireclay’s traditional aesthetic with bold patterns. There are three new inclusions in Redfield’s handpainted collections.  Called Contemporary, Moroccan and Mediterranean, the new collections are inspired by wall coverings and textiles.

Each 70% recycled clay tile is handcrafted using a proprietary wax resist technique that originated in 16th century Persia. First, the tile’s surface is screen printed with a pattern; and then artisans handpaint lead-free glazes within the lines of each pattern. The finished product boasts textures created by the contrasting flat lines and glazed surfaces. The decorative tiles are offered in 8”x8” and 6”x12” sizes.

Made up of eight patterns in neutral colors, the Contemporary collection features graphic pattern as well as organic lines that lend a couture element. Embracing the cultural designs of Persia, the 13 patterns that make up the Moroccan collection blend classic patterns with present-day designs.  Meanwhile, interpreting “Spanish Modern” culture and old-world aesthetic, the Mediterranean collection is made up of 11 designs ranging from the deep blues of the sky and ocean, to terracotta warm tones and glimpses of red, yellow, and forest greens.

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Fireclay Tile was founded in 1986 in San Jose, California. The company uses sustainable manufacturing processes and incorporates recycled materials into its products. 

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