Dec. 10, 2013
Pantone Color of 2014: Radiant Orchid, Image via Pantone
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 Radiant Orchid making its mark on the design world in 2014.
Selecting the color of the year is no simple task. Pantone Scours the world for color influences by researching everything from film and art, to popular travel destinations, technology, and current social conditions. After a bi-annual meeting with color representatives from all over the globe, and several debates later, the committee elects a color meant to influence all facets of the design industry.
Pantone Color of 2014: Radiant Orchid, Image via Pantone
This playful purplish-pink will look great paired with its analogous hues, teal and turquoise, and for even more contrast give its complementary color, yellow a whirl! Bright colors can quickly become overhelming in a space, so we suggest incorporating your go-to neutrals when designing with Radiant Orchid.
Our CRUSH Recycled Glass Tile in Gloss Acai
Fireclay has you covered in the tile department! We offer Acai, a similar fuschia inspired hue, in our CRUSH 100% Recycled Glass Tile line. Acai is available in both gloss and matte finishes.
Our CRUSH Recycled Glass Tile in Matte Acai
Sep. 23, 2013
It's that time of year when the sun starts sinking over the horizon before we're ready to let her go. Days are still warm, but nights have a hint of chill in the air. The boastful cheers of fans fill the open air of local pubs and we begin to long for the sound of crunching leaves and the crackle of a fire. But we still hold on to those last few long days and opportunities to basque in the sun or take one last float down the river. We find ourselves indulgently surrounded by an Indian Summer's fading shades of green and warm hues of yellow.
Debris Series Recycled Tile: Daffodil 4x4 with Moorish Knot Cuerda Seca accents.
We look forward to the beckoning call of crisp fall air and find inspiration in the colors that slip away with summer. We love how warm greens and yellows make even the darkest days bright. Incorporate yellow as a bold accent during the cooler months, or commit year round warmth with a sunny feature installation. When paired with soothing blues or greys, yellow creates a unique point of interest in an otherwise expected color scheme.
So long summer. You will be missed. Until the springtime when we anxiously await your first long days.
Sep. 13, 2013
San Jose Mercury News: Home & Garden
Bay Area Tile Company Recycles to Create Innovative Designs
By Kathryn Loosli Pritchett
Here's an excerpt from the incredibly complimentary article posted on 9/5/13:
The recipe: Mix clay and water. Then shape, dry and fire.
Making tile sounds as simple as baking a mud pie. But in the hands of a master, the results are original, sought-after works of art.
Paul Burns, founder and chief ceramicist at the Bay Area's Fireclay Tile ever since the company was launched in 1986, started working in this field at age 10. He spent Saturdays and summers learning the skills from his uncle, Ross Chichester, owner of San Jose's Stonelight Tile. By age 15, clients were asking for Paul to help craft their custom orders.
"I've always liked ... turning raw materials into beautiful things," says Burns, who'd spent some time trying to develop and market men's work pants before settling on tile-making as a career, and starting up Fireclay in San Jose with three partners.
"I was working with fabric, rather than clay, at the time, but I realized it was the process (of creating things) that I liked most of all," he says.
Read the full article here.
Apr. 30, 2013
We're SO excited to have just launched our brand new Color-It tool! We have been handmaking Cuerda Seca's at Fireclay for over 15 years. Using techniques that date back to 15th century Spain we are able to produce these beautiful handmade accent pieces. With over 100 patterns and 80 lead free glazes to choose from your options are endless. What are you waiting for? Color-It!
Jun. 24, 2012
If you read the previous post, you may believe that you have a good understanding about Jason and his role at Fireclay. Before transferring to Aromas, Jason worked in the glass factory in San Jose. A partial list of his daily tasks were: managing raw materials & pigments, putting the glass tiles through the kiln and he also artistically assembling Crush tiles for customers.
Jason assembles the Crush colors within a 12"x12" template.
For many, purple is not a "go to" color, but check out the mix below. Jason put this mix together with an outline template, but chose the position of each tile.
Colors incude: Gloss and Matte of: 2x2s & 1x1s of Heather (light purple), Acai (dark purple), and Cotton (white).
Not only does Jason have a passion for sustainability, but also an artistic flair!
Jun. 11, 2012
We are thrilled to introduce our Beta version of Crush-It, our online custom blend tool for Crush 100% Recycled Glass Tile!
Now, for the first time, you will be able to design custom blends of sustainable, USA manufactured recycled glass tile. Here is a screen shot of the tool:
The tool allows you to choose the following:
- Pattern: Choose from different 11 patterns!
- Colors: Choose from all our gloss and matte color options. You can select up to 6 colors, and interchange colors freely.
- Grout Color: Choose your grout color to complete your custom blend.
Crush-It is still in beta testing, and we'd love any and all feedback on your experience.
So, what are you waiting for...CRUSH-IT!
Dec. 20, 2011
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. Grocery stores include Whole Foods Markets (San Jose, Fairview, Huntington Beach), Metropolitan Market (Seattle), New Frontiers (San Luis Obispo), and New Leaf Market (Capitola).
Debris Series Recycled Tile in the seafood section of United Supermarkets, Texas.
Designers and architects on these projects specifiedFireclay Tile for many reasons including:
Color: At Fireclay we offer over 230 standard colors available on a variety of clay bodies. Our Debris Series Recycled Tile is by far the most preferred, not just due to the high recycled content, but also because of price and size availability (as small as 1x1 and up to 12x12 with everything in between). This range of colors, as well as the ability to specify a custom color or tweak and existing shade, allows grocery stores to truly showcase their brand and create an eye-catching environment worthy of their beautiful meats and seafood.
Durability and Longevity: Simply, our tile is the highest quality, most durable ceramic tile on the market.
Price: Our tile is handmade to reflect “Old World” styles, yet our ceramics technology is advanced and scalable, allowing us to provide pricing that fits company budgets. We will never be as cheap as Dal Tile, but because of the flexibility, customer service, customization, and responsiveness the price quickly becomes affordable, and in the long run due to our high quality and durability, the investment produces far more positive return due to increased customer purchasing. Without naming customers, we have had stores leave us to specify a less highly regarded product in a store, only to come back and admit their mistake and tell us how the lower quality tile actually produced a drop in sales.
Debris Series Recycled Tile featured in Whole Foods - Custom Pizza Oven -Portland, OR
Ease of Maintenance: Tile is a preferred wall and surface covering because it lasts forever (just ask the Romans) and it is so easy to maintain. It cleans well, allows for no bacterial growth, and will stay beautiful for years.
Enhanced Product Presentation: The beauty and flexibility of Fireclay Tile enhances the look of grocery stores and restaurants. Ceramic tile is very familiar to customers, and that comfort and ease translates into more sales for stores. With the ability to diversify color selection to really make a statement, different sections of stores can be further enhanced and the customer can better associate surroundings with taste palletes.
Code: Universal building code requires certain materials for food prep areas. Ceramic tile is an easy fit and satisfies food code in any of these environments. Furthermore, with reduced regulation around color index requirements, grocery stores can do so much more with tile to enhance their surroundings. When compared other materials that meet code, the design flexibility weighs heavily in favor of tile.
Debris Series Recycled Tile featured in Whole Foods - seafood section with custom mural. -Portland, OR
As you can see, we think highly of our product, and if you don’t believe us just check out our notable installations. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us and ask for more information.
Dec. 12, 2011
Fireclay Tile has stunning reddish orange selections to add real pop to your next project.
Vitrail Series in Tangerine Debris Series in Coral
Crush 100% Recycled Glass Tile in Habanero
Sep. 16, 2011
Stunning Designs by Urban Archaeology
We love when our exclusive Fireclay Tile dealers come up with their own creative ways of displaying tile designs. Today, we received some photos from one of our favorite showrooms, Urban Archaeology. Without further delay...
Debris Series Paseo in Chartreuse
Debris Series Ogee in Sapphire
Debris Series Hexagon in White Matte
Debris Series Ogee Drop in Tomato Red
Debris Series Star and Cross in Pine Grove Matte
It's also worth noting how exceptional Urban Archaeology is as company. For those who do not know, there are four showrooms across the country. Two in Manhattan, one in Chicago, and one in Bridgehampton. I had the pleasure of meeting with the company's co-owner, Judith Stockman, last November and taking a tour of her Franklin St. location in Manhattan. Unbeknown to me and all my friends in New York, Urban Archaeology is actually a manufacturer,and they are literally the last manufacturer located in southern Manhattan. They are known for their architectural productions of amazing features such as lighting and hardware.
The Urban Archaeology factory and hardware being made on site
Virginia and Judith (Founder), Final Lighting Fixture Ready for Sale
Thank you to the team at Urban Archaeology for all that you do to keep local manufacturing alive, and of course for doing such a wonderful job showing Fireclay Tile. We love your entire tile selection and encourage those in New York City to check them out for all your interiors needs.
Sep. 12, 2011
Last week we had the honor of attending the opening launch party for Ciao Bella Gelato's remodeled Ferry Building location in San Francisco, CA. In the Spring Ciao Bella solicited Fireclay Tile for the backsplash tile, focusing on Fireclay's huge range of bright, vibrant colors. This is what they came up with!
We are so thrilled with how it turned out! Using a combination of 36 colors from our Debris Series Recycled Tile line (and 3 colors from our Vitrail Series), Ciao Bella designed a backsplash that emulated its brand perfectly, highlighting bright, beautiful colors, just likes its delicious gelato.
You can read more about why Ciao Bella chose Fireclay in this great blog post here.
To check out some Fireclay Tile for your own backsplash, consider ordering some samples!