John & Natali McClurg
Fire & Light has a noteworthy heritage, formed in 1995 as a partnership between the Arcata Community Recycling Center in Humboldt County, California, and a group of local investors who wanted to develop an innovative plan for using crushed, recycled glass. The founders decided to turn their recycled glass into a raw material, manufacturing distinctive products for sale in and out of the immediate area. After careful consideration, the group decided upon a distinctive line of colored glass dinnerware which would be created by melting crushed glass in furnaces, adding pigment, and pressing the molten glass into bowls, plates, and glasses. In December 1995, the first glass products were poured and pressed from the Fire & Light furnaces, and the world became a bit more luminous, slightly more colorful.
John and Natali McClurg purchased the company in 1999. Together with a team of 20 people, Fire & Light is handcrafting the beautiful giftware and colored glass dinnerware that is now shipped to specialty stores and galleries throughout the country. The enlightened practices that gave rise to the company continue to inform everything they do. Fire & Light still strives to find new ways to incorporate recycling into their production process, like using recycled beer kegs from local microbreweries as vats to cool their ladles.