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We did it! Our CRT Kickstarter Project Has been Funded!

We did it! Our CRT Kickstarter Project Has been Funded!

Our CRT Kickstarter campaign has come to an end and we are so happy to announce our project has been successfully funded!  We raised just over $16K and we are thrilled to start making our CRT coasters and backsplash tile for our Backers!  We want to give a huge thank you to everyone who supported us throughout the campaign, we couldn’t have done it without you!  Some of you gave us some awesome feedback and we wanted to share the love, check out what our backers are saying about us and our CRT Tile!

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Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2014 is Announced!

Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2014 is Announced!

For the color obsessed, December means one thing, the reveal of Pantone’s color of the year!  And here it is, drumroll please...the color of 2014 is Radiant Orchid!  According to the color mavens at Pantone, Radiant Orchid is “an enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones.  Radiant Orchid inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health. It is a captivating purple, one that draws you in with its beguiling charm.” We are loving the bold choice, and can’t wait to see it making it’s mark on the design world in 2014.

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This Tile Was Your TV.

This Tile Was Your TV.

We are very excited to announce the launch of our Kickstarter project! Our prouct is the first of its kind and we are very proud of what we have created – 100% post consumer CRT Glass Tile. CRT, also known as Cathode Ray Tube glass, was used to make the glass screens in old televisions and computer monitors.

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Make it Yours

Make it Yours

100% Recycled and 100% Custom. Crush-It! is your opportunity to turn 80 colors and 11 patterns into your perfect glass tile mosaic. What are you waiting for? Crush-It!

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Water Reclamation in Action!

Water Reclamation in Action!

We recently expanded our clay tile factory in Aromas, CA. Part of the expansion project allows us to introduce new manufacturing techniques and make room for even more efforts geared at sustainability.

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Recycled Tile Under the Sea!

Recycled Tile Under the Sea!

We are honored to be able to help the Reefs of Tomorrow Initiative with their coral reef rehabilitation project. We used our Debris Series Recycled Tile to custom make several unique tile shapes that are being used to study interaction between Parrot fish and coral reefs.

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Reclaiming Wastewater!

Reclaiming Wastewater!

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.

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Scan for charity & entire Fireclay Team @ Greenbuild 2012!!

Scan for charity & entire Fireclay Team @ Greenbuild 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. 

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Visit us at Greenbuild 2012 in San Francisco

Visit us at Greenbuild 2012 in San Francisco

Join us at Greenbuild 2012 in San Francisco on November 14-15 at the Expo. We are displaying all of our most environmentally conscious products, including our Debris Series Recycled Tile, Crush Recycled Glass tile,  and Glazed Thin Brick.

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Road to Greenbuild - Our Charity Partner

Road to Greenbuild - Our Charity Partner

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. 

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USGBC - Northern California hosts Road to Greenbuild 2012

USGBC - Northern California hosts Road to Greenbuild 2012

esterday afternoon I had the honor of attending the Road to Greenbuild 2012 kick-off event hosted by the USGBC-NCC. Simply put, this event was inspirational and got me FIRED UP for this year's GreenBuild. I had the pleasure of sitting next to representatives from Google as well as Mary Davidge of Mary Davidge Associates.

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Introducing New Environmental and Efficiency Manager

Introducing New Environmental and Efficiency Manager

Fireclay Tile is excited to announce a new position at our Aromas factory to help our company. While we are a leader in utilizing recycled materials in our products, we feel we have room to grow in our overall manufacturing operation in becoming a recognized leader in sustainable manufacturing.

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Nooo!  Don’t smash the Fireclay tile!!

Nooo!  Don’t smash the Fireclay tile!!

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.

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Kelly Moore Paint - Sustainable Manufacturing At its Best

Kelly Moore Paint - Sustainable Manufacturing At its Best

The Fireclay Tile team recently had the opportunity to visit Kelly Moore Paint in San Carlos, CA. Just like so many people think all tile is made abroad, we thought the same of paint and we were surprised to find one of the most successful paint manufacturers so close to us in the Bay Area.

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Toilet’s Anyone?

Toilet’s Anyone?

Last October we announced a new post-consumer porcelain recycling effort in collaboration with the Zanker Road Landfill and Recology of San Francisco. It was covered by NPR's Morning Edition, and for awhile it was the talk of the town.

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Debris Series Recycled Tile Featured in Sunset Magazine

Many of you already know that Fireclay TIle has recently been trolling the Bay Area for recycled porcelain to add to our Debris Series Recycled Tile. Sunset Magazine learned of this initiative and decided to highlgiht us in the backpage of the March issue.

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Hardy Jones - A Customer and An Artist

Hardy Jones - A Customer and An Artist

The Fireclay Tile Boneyard gets to see its fair share of local Bay Area artists. Many of these are mosaic artists interested in finding beautiful tile to use in their designs, but sometimes we get an artist of another medium scavenging the yard for the perfect material to complement one of their other works.

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Pacific Community Ventures 2010 Annual Showcase and Luncheon

Pacific Community Ventures 2010 Annual Showcase and Luncheon

Yesterday Fireclay Tile had the priveledge of joining ~25 other companies at the Pacific Community Ventures 2010 Showcase and Luncheon. It was a fantastic event full of great companies, amazing supporters, and a group from Pacific Community Ventures (PCV) that can't be beat.

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EcoHome Magazine Features Fireclay Tile

A granite quarry in San Jose, Calif., struck an unusual business agreement with the Fireclay Tile factory next door. The quarry gives its rock dust to the tile company, which uses it to create its Debris series—a name that unabashedly markets the product’s 60% recycled content.

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Product Highlight: Cuerda Seca Decorative Tiles

Product Highlight: Cuerda Seca Decorative Tiles

Fireclay Tile has been making handpainted decorative Cuerda Seca tiles for over 15 years. Beyond our natural, lead-free glazes, we paint our cuerda secas onto our recycled Debris Series clay body, creating what we believe is the highest quality, most sustainable decorative tile available anywhere in the world.

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Over 70% Recycled Tile - Debris Series Now with Recycled Porcelain!

Over 70% Recycled Tile - Debris Series Now with Recycled Porcelain!

Every so often things just work out. For us at Fireclay Tile who deal with locally sourced recycled materials, that is not always the case. For years we would trudge from place to place, asking for scrap materials that we thought might be useful for our tile, generally getting dismissed for being small and artistic. Many years later, though, our Debris Series Recycled Tile is the most sustainable ceramic tile in the world, and features more recycled material than anything else out there.

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SJ Mercury News: San Jose Tile Maker Reclaims Landfill-Bound Porcelain

Paul Burns, the president of San Jose's Fireclay Tile, describes himself as more of a scavenger than a die-hard environmentalist.  He values thrift and resourcefulness, and his company has been making recycled tiles for kitchens, baths and other uses for 10 years. Now, he is taking recycled tile to the next level, and the proof is in the porcelain.

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Clay Expectations - Featured Artists - Part 1 - Janet Ontko

There’s nothing better to come across than a great piece of art-- art that is calming and reminds you of home. From bird houses, to sculptures, to little mouse card holders, the collection from Janet Ontko Clay Forms will draw you in and charm your hearts. Fireclay Tile was very blessed to have met Janet Ontko recently at “Clay Expectations: A Festival of Tiles and Mosaics,” which was held on September 12th, in downtown Oakland. We had neighboring tables at this event, and upon meeting, became very good friends.

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SF Chronicle: Mosaic artist Pippa Murray an intricate blend

Many thanks to Lisa Hix for publishing this article on local Bay Area mosaic artist Pippa Murray (article reposted below). In a strange coincidence for Fireclay Tile, we only recently learned of Pippa and her amazing work when she visited our tile showroom in San Jose earlier this week. Pippa came in to meet with Paul, our founder and Chief Ceramicist, to discuss a new spa project she is working on.

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Tips On How To Engage In Your Local Community

This weekend we came across a fantastic community sign in one of the best locally made ice cream stores in Northern California - Fairfax Scoops. The sign was simple, displayed next to one of the inside tables, and for a little sign it has a tremendously lasting impact.

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How to Energy Retrofit Your Lighting and save $5,000!

In 2009 Fireclay Tile realized that while we make sustainable ceramic tile, as a company we could do things to be more sustainable ourselves. We quickly identified our lighting as being very out of date and ready for an upgrade. We’d owned our San Jose location since 1986, and our Aromas factory since the mid-90’s, and neither had seen an up-grade in lighting since.

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Better Than Apple? Really?

Ok, so it's probably a stretch to compare Fireclay Tile to Apple. I mean, Apple did just report about $16 billion in sales over the last 3 months, which is about, well, A LOT more than Fireclay, but when it comes to lead times we're not so different.

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Fireclay Tile Featured as Customer of the Week

We love emailing our customers about new tile products and other exciting ceramic news from our company, and we use Vertical Response for that effort. This week we were featured as the Customer of the Week by Vertical Response for our July Newsletter.

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