a limited edition series of tiles produced in northern california
like any good start up, clé began in a garage. the idea of selling tile online without a showroom presence was seen as an audacious move at the time, but clé founder deborah osburn made her vision of working with tile artisans from around the world and selling their work online a reality.
fast forward seven years and clé has founded a studio with a soaring tile showroom and set up its own tile making guild, housed in what was once a mid-century sears repair center and warehouse in san rafael, california.
developing and producing our own signature tile was never in the plans but when we were unable to find a hand-glazed thin brick with the rich lustrous glazes we were seeking, we decided to create a guild and make it ourselves. the guild features a state-of-the-art blaauw kiln and is headed up by local ceramicist eric vandermolen.
the first collection to come out of the guild was fundamentals, a small-batch, hand-crafted tile that reflects a quiet luxury and is featured in both white matte/white gloss and black matte/black gloss.
our latest collection is new california, inspired by the landscapes of the northern california coast and named for the flora that inhabit them. it features nine different surfaces that encompass texture, variegation, sheen, opacity and color. equally at home in traditional and modern settings, new california echoes the artistry and aesthetic of california’s influential mid-century craft movement.
if your design direction feels more artisanal, more rustic and more attuned to nature and its elements, the first two collections from the clé guild are a great place to start exploring.