May. 24, 2012
From the previous posts, one could easily presume we are obsessed with Mosaics. Only this entry, the mosaics we're writing about are YOURS!! On June 27, Delaine Hackney (who has her work inside and outside of the Showroom) is teaching a mosaic class here at Fireclay in San Jose. She would love to share her expertise with you. Delaine has all the tools and supplies you'll need. She loves beginners, so there's no excuse not to try it out! The class is on Wednesday, June 27 from 10.30 am - 3.00 pm and costs $80. For lunch, either bring your lunch or you can go to our local, Zapata's. Please email Delaine directly if you have questions or want to register.
May. 17, 2012
If you've been to our San Jose showroom recently, you may have noticed we replaced the plywood near the windows with a colorful tile mosaic. Not just the Debris Series or Vitrail field tile, but all of Fireclay's tile, including Crush Recycled Glass, and not one was broken! The arrangement is so stunning that a customer took photos of it while she waited for car to be loaded last Friday.
Left side of the Fireclay Showroom entry
Right side of the Fireclay Showroom entry
Close-up of the Right side
As you can see the composition is made of our Debris and Vitrail field tile, Decoratives, Trim, Crush and Cuerda Seca tiles. The mastermind behind the installation is mosaic artist Delaine Hackney. The intent of the design was to add a "welcoming touch of color to the face of the building." Delaine knew Eric (of Fireclay) wanted to mimic Fireclay's logo and that's exactly what she did with her own colorful twist. The creation took Delaine three trips from Oakland and about 10 hours to complete. Carlos (of Fireclay) grouted the tile once Delaine was finished with the tile arrangement. The Fireclay team couldn't be happier with the whole-tile mosaic, Thank You Delaine!!
A couple of Delaine's pieces are in the showroom and they attract quite a bit of attention. If you're interested in learning more about her work or even taking a class from her, please see her website address below:
May. 10, 2012
Who would smash Fireclay tile on purpose?! The interns of Watsonville Wetland Stewards would! The high school interns are part of an after-school science program for junior high students in the Watsonville area, which is near the Fireclay Aromas factory. The interns train for five weeks to be a part of this program and also learn how to be mentors. In April, the interns contributed in another way by smashing Fireclay tiles and making mosaics for stepping stones for the garden at the Wetlands Educational Resource Center. Paul Burns, founder of Fireclay, donated the tiles. Stained glass artists Cathy Gamble and Linda Bjornson and mosaic artist Sandee Adams also helped out.
Interns Xianjia Huang and Pablo Robles with guidance from Sandee Adams of Aromas Hills Artisans.
Per the article, they had fun looking through the "extra" tiles in Aromas at the Fireclay like the ones below.
Fireclay tiles at the Aromas factory.
For the full Watsonville Wetland Stewards article go to: