Oct. 14, 2012
Fireclay becomes a butterfly for Mission Kids Co-op in San Francisco!
Recently, Fireclay donated tile to Mission Kids Co-op pre-school in San Francisco to transform their “dull courtyard” into a “whimsical, child-like world of color through mosaics.”
The area for the mosaic was a two-story cinderblock wall in pale yellow. A grant was written by Erin Farrell and supported by First 5 of San Francisco. The grant specified parents and children work together to create the mosaic. Apparently, it was so much fun that prior students, grandparents, children from the local church and general contractors broke the tile and adhered it to a mesh that was later adhered to the wall.
Close-up of Butterfly at Mission Kids Co-op
Dana Albany is the mosaic artist that pulled the large project together. It took a month and a half to complete. Dana worked with the 3 to 5 year olds between snack time, nap time, story time and park outings. The children broke the tile in plastic bags and affectionately called it “making magic.”
Detail of mosaic with Fireclay Tile
The end result was a butterfly in the center with a wingspan of 9 feet surrounded by flowers and animals. Per Dana Albany:
“The butterfly is surrounded by flowers and leaves, in every color imaginable provided by the intrinsic palette of tiles donated by Fireclay. There is a parrot perched atop exquisite tiles sculpted as tree branches, a fantastic representation of the diversity of tile Fireclay carries. Specialty Fireclay tiles include a monkey, turtles, frogs, and birds making the mosaic a mystical journey to explore and find its hidden treasures. At summer's end, the mosaic had attained its vision of beauty, love, community, and collaboration! Thank you Fireclay! For bringing ever-lasting "magic" to the Mission Kid's Co-op!!!! It is just the Beginning!!!"
Fireclay Boneyard in San Jose - a resource for mosaic artists!
Fireclay encourages all mosaic artists, or those interested in mosaics, to come to our San Jose location and visit our Boneyard. Overstocks, seconds and stocked tile can all be found at a great discount in the Boneyard. There is even a mosaic box where we have a mixture of tile. The inventory changes daily. We also encourage people involved in projects similar to the Mission Kids Co-op mosaic to contact us to see Fireclay can help donate to the project.
To find out more:
Dana Albany, mosaic artist, firstname.lastname@example.org, 415.871.1261
Mission Kids Co-op in San Francisco
First 5 San Francisco
Fireclay Tile Boneyard in San Jose
Oct. 8, 2012
Fireclay Tile is very excited to support Greenbuild’s 2012 Legacy Project in San Francisco!
This year the USGBC, the US Green Building Council, is holding their annual international conference and expo, Greenbuild, on green building in San Francisco in November. Not only is Fireclay Tile an exhibitor, but we are also a proud supporter of Greenbuild’s 2012 Legacy Project.
Since 2003, Greenbuild has had a Legacy Project in the host city to service, educate and thank the host city. Earlier this year, the USGBC Northern CA Chapter and Greenbuild committee members reached out for proposals. The goals of the projects are to increase the quality of life in an environmentally positive manner, give back to the community and service a big area of San Francisco.
Legacy Project Chosen
By the deadline, 20 proposals were received ranging from projects involving primary schools, bathrooms in public areas, public gardens and science-based programs. After tough review, the panel decided upon two urban gardens in San Francisco: Potrero Hill Texas Street Farm and The Tenderloin Vertical Garden.
Potrero Hill Texas Hill Garden
The Tenderloin Vertical Garden
Green Element: Longevity
What isn’t so obvious about this year’s Legacy Project is that the funds are not merely for initial set-up. Funds from this project are also used for managing and maintaining the seedbeds as well as training youth from the community to run the program.
Being in-line with so many of Fireclay’s values, Legacy Project 2012 has us especially Fired Up! We will be donating proceeds based on several initiatives we are doing at the show.
For more information:
USGBC Northern California Chapter, http://www.usgbc-ncc.org/
Oct. 1, 2012
Kitchen by EAG Studios with Fireclay Debris, White Gloss in Paseo on back wall
This summer we decided to have photos taken of beautiful, local installations of Fireclay Tile. We hired a local photographer, Malcolm Fearon, who has a background in sports, portraiture, product and architectural photography. Basically, he has done it all. After working with him and seeing his finished product, it is clear he is a professional with stringent standards and an eye for detail.
Malcolm in front of Let’s Be Frank in San Francisco with camera and light reflector (on left)
Malcolm Fearon's photo of Let’s Be Frank in San Francisco
The following photos show how much work and preparation go into a “simple” photograph of an outdoor fireplace. Note the large reflectors blocking the view from across the garden.
Malcolm and Shanti set up for the fireplace shot
Malcolm Fearon's fireplace photograph with Fireclay’s Debris and Cuerda Seca
Malcolm and Shanti setting up for a kitchen shot
Malcolm Fearon's finished shot of the kitchen designed by Kelly Dougherty featuring custom Cuerda Seca Decoratives
To get a photo like this:
Madeleine Randal designed this bathroom using Fireclay's Vitrail Series in Odyssey for field tile and hexagons in Celadon (on floor).
Malcolm had to do something like this:
Malcolm Fearon doing a close up of another bathroom using Fireclay's hexagons in Vitrail Series in Shell
Malcolm can be reached via his website www.blissimages.com, email email@example.com or at 415.488.4695.
In the process of taking photographs, we were able to get to know a builder, a couple of designers and tile installer who have been faithful Fireclay customers.
Zicovich Builders has been working with Fireclay for many years and referred interior designer Kelly Dougherty to Fireclay Tile. Kelly collaborated with the Peninsula homeowners to create a well-functioning space to reflect their personality and lifestyle. Kelly originally started in fashion, but went on to get more education in interior design and has loved it ever since. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 408.838.7928.
Zicovich Builders can be reached via their website, www.zicovich.com, email email@example.com or 408.399.0606.
Home on the Peninsula built by Zicovich Builders. Photo by Benardo Grijalva.
Kelly Dougherty of KD Home Interiors, firstname.lastname@example.org or 408.838.7928
Another interior designer and faithful Fireclay customer is Madeleine Randal. She was a vital component to the remodel of a 1929 Colonial Revival home in the South Bay (see photos below). Given Madeleine’s father was the head of the San Jose State Interior Design program, she too became an interior designer (with a break to become a lawyer at a local top Valley law firm) and now has over 20 years of experience. She has designed all aspects of contemporary to historic homes. To Madeleine, every detail matters. She can be reached at email@example.com or 408.288.8381.
Interior designer Madeleine Randal. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 408.288.8381
Madeleine Randal used Fireclay's Vitrail Series in Crater Lake in a pattern to match original patterns in the 1929 Colonial Revival home. Crater Lake was used for decoratives and Sesame was used for field tile.
Not all of Fireclay’s installations were interiors. In a shopping mall in Willow Glen, Precision Tile and Granite installed our Debris Series Recycled Tile in a variety of colors the exterior walls. Contact Marcel Sousa at Precision Tile and Granite at email@example.com. Their website will be up after October 3, 2012 www.tgwork.com.
Shopping center in San Jose with Fireclay's Debris Series Recycled Tile