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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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Our Definitive Guide to Tile Terminology: A to C

Our Definitive Guide to Tile Terminology: A to C

Team Fireclay put our heads together and created a definitive guide to tile terminology!  So study up before tackling your next project, and learn to talk about tile like a pro!  Each week we will be covering a new section of the alphabet.  This week we are featuring the A's to the C's!

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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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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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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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Fireclay Tile Design for Grocery and Restaurant Areas

Fireclay Tile Design for Grocery and Restaurant Areas

Fireclay Tile has been fortunate over the years to be specified in over 100 high traffic grocery stores and many restaurants and food prep areas. In 2010, we have produced tile for already two grocery stores with several more being worked on, as well as numerous restaurants.

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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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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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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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A Day in the Fireclay Tile Factory

A Day in the Fireclay Tile Factory

Here at Fireclay Tile, every new employee gets the opportunity to visit the Fireclay factory and see just how our tiles are made. Since I'm new to Fireclay's team, I got to experience this opportunity- and let me tell you, it's quite a production.

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Our Day with Style Maven Kelly LaPlante

Our Day with Style Maven Kelly LaPlante

We were thrilled to recently spend a Friday with the lovely interior designer and style maven Kelly LaPlante! Fireclay Tile has worked with Kelly on several custom tile installations over the years, and we’ve even developed custom shapes for some of her interior spaces which have turned out beautiful.

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Wonderful New Fireclay Tile Videos

So thrilled with out two newest and most recent Fireclay Tile videos. These are each about 2 minutes long and provide a great oversight of everything we do at Fireclay Tile!

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Sweet Sweet Glaze Colors Oh How I love Your Beautiful Variation!

Recently the Ceramicists at Fireclay have been talking a lot about glaze color variation and how it impacts our fired ceramic tiles. Our recent blog post on The True Beauty of Color Variation in Fireclay Tile was meant to educate customers about the beauty of color varation and describe the mechanics of how it happens, and today we take the next step to actually showing you color variation and how it impacts each of our colors.

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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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Welcome to Fireclay Tile’s Design Blog, dedicated to sustainable and beautiful design for people + the planet. We have invited several of our staff + friends to share their stories and inspirations with us. Do you have a Fireclay Story you’d like to share? We’d love to hear from you.

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