Dec. 14, 2012
Start 2013 with a Garden Mosaic Workshop with professional mosaicist Delaine Hackney. Delaine will be teaching a class at Fireclay in San Jose on Saturday, February 9 from 10.30 am to 2.30 pm. Delaine is an experienced teacher (as well as a professional mosaicist) and is very welcoming to those new to and familiar with mosaics. The class costs $90, which includes materials and the use of her mosaic tools. Please bring your lunch or feel free to walk one block to Zapata's.
If you have any questions or would like to sign up, please email or call Delaine - she'd be happy to help! You may also register for her class by clicking here.
Delaine's email/phone: firstname.lastname@example.org 415-517-1507
Dec. 12, 2012
Recently in the Aromas factory, Fireclay Tile installed a new wastewater reclamation system for our automatic glazing machine. This machine produces wastewater that has over sprayed glaze in it. Our new system provides us with a more efficient way of collecting and re-using that wastewater.
The wastewater is pumped from our collection trench into the tank pictured. After a day or so, the solids from the glaze separate from the water and settles to the bottom of the tank. The "clean" water is then pumped out of the top of the tank and used to clean the automatic glazing machine, which sometimes happens twice a day. The used glaze that has settled to the bottom of the tank is then drained out and mixed into our clay mixes for future tile orders!
Very cool stuff!!
Wastewater tank outside Fireclay Tile factory in Aromas, California
Side view of Fireclay Tile's wastewater tank where glaze solids settle in the wastewater
Dec. 5, 2012
In October, Fireclay Tile announced that it was donating to Greenbuild’s Legacy Project. Each year the USGBC’s Greenbuild conference and expo chooses a project to thank the host city. This year the conference was in San Francisco and the Legacy Projects were two urban gardens. The funds for the projects were not only to set up the garden, but to provide support and training to keep the garden going. Check out our previous blog here.
We were very excited to support this endeavor! We decided that for every person who came to Fireclay’s booth at Greenbuild and had his or her badge scanned, we would give $1 to the Greenbuild’s Legacy Project. We gathered around 350 scans so we were able to donate $350! Below are photos from the conference.
Here is the graphic for our Greenbuild 2012 buttons
Fireclay's tweet about scanning for Greenbuild's Legacy Project
Fireclay's Wendy in the booth at the beginning of the first day of Greenbuild
On the second day of the expo, where product and service providers have booths, Fireclay closed the factories in San Jose and Aromas and brought the entire Fireclay team to San Francisco. Everyone had the chance to look around the expo at Greenbuild and have a picnic lunch. It was a great day to spend some time with co-workers, see other companies and see Fireclay tile installations in downtown San Francisco.
Hello from the entire Fireclay team in San Francisco!
The Fireclay team has a picnic lunch at Yerba Buena Gardens
Eric & Fireclay team in front of the Melt on New Montgomery St. where Fireclay's Glazed Thin Brick is installed
Dearsy, Isidro and Martin take sit down for a second during a tour of Fireclay tile installations in downtown San Francisco
Paul (in center, smiling) and some of the Fireclay Team in San Francisco
Fireclay Team on the bus to San Jose and Aromas
Paul in front of Greenbuild 2012 & the "Team Fireclay" bus