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Explore the Softer Side: 3 Ways to Use Industrial-Style Brick in Your Home

Explore the Softer Side: 3 Ways to Use Industrial-Style Brick in Your Home

Known for it's durability, industrial strength, and low maintenance characteristics, we often see Architects and Designers gravitate toward Brick for commercial projects, but don't let Brick's industrial aesthetic keep you from overlooking it as an option for your home–because like those of us who can't help but pet a cute dog walking by, Brick has a softer side.

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5 Kitchen Backsplash Trends You’ll Love

5 Kitchen Backsplash Trends You’ll Love

With endless colors, shapes, sizes and styles to choose from, we know it can be challenging to decide which backsplash trend is best for you, so we are highlighting five of our absolute favorite backsplash trends to try.

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Contrast: Pattern Found in the Grout Joint

Contrast: Pattern Found in the Grout Joint

After hours, days, maybe even months of contemplation, you have finally narrowed down your tile, your color, and your pattern, but now you find yourself asking, “well, what about the grout?  For those of you pattern lovers, we suggest thinking outside of the box, literally, and try a contrasting grout joint.

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A Taste of Morocco in Your Backyard

A Taste of Morocco in Your Backyard

There is a newly completed Moroccan-inspired haven here in San Jose. Brought to you by the creative minds of Jeffrey Gordon Smith Architecture, this private oasis beckons you to simply recline.

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Fireside: The Campfire as Inspiration

Fireside: The Campfire as Inspiration

As the cool night air settles in, all of a sudden we remember that we've been waiting all year for that special moment with friends, family, someone halfway strumming a guitar, that crazy guy who insists on wearing shorts in October, and a nice cold microbrew in our wool wrapped hands (okay maybe it’s not mitten season yet - but we’re thinking about it). 

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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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We Have a Winner!

We Have a Winner!

Cultivate, the curators of all things kitchen, recently launched a competition, which utalized the Fireclay Tile Color-It tool, to encourage members to tap into their creative genius. On Monday the winners were officially announced.

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Color-It & Win $500!

Color-It & Win $500!

Our friends at Cultivate - an online resource for kitchen inspiration, have launched an exciting competition that's sure to get the creative juices flowing.

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Fireclay Tile at the Special Games

Fireclay Tile at the Special Games

Our friends at the Kiwanis Special Games in Cupertino, needed a hand this year trying to solve an age old problem - how to weight down course markers for the events at the XXXV Special Games. We were able to supply 4x4 tile from our Boneyard to help solve the dilemma.

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Training Day

Training Day

Remember that science project in 6th grade where your teacher made you work with classmates to build a safe egg transportation vehicle? You know, the one that was designed to keep a raw egg from cracking when 6th graders launched their eggs, tucked safely in a protective casing, into the great blue yonder. We love our science teachers for making that experience memorable, so much so, that we decided to give it a try ourselves... Fireclay Tile style.

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Worth 1,000 Words - Fireclay Photo Shoot - Summer 2012

Worth 1,000 Words - Fireclay Photo Shoot - Summer 2012

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.

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$$$ for our First Charity Partner - CORA!

$$$ for our First Charity Partner - CORA!

We are thrilled to announce our first charity partner donation from sales of our Glazed Thin Brick! As of June 30, 2012, we are able to donate over $400 to CORA, a local women’s organization we are so thrilled to support.

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Concept Studio - A Standout Tile Showroom

Concept Studio - A Standout Tile Showroom

Last Friday I had the pleasure of visiting one of our oldest customers, Concept Studio, in Corona Del Mar, California. Situated right on the Pacific Coast Highway just before hitting Laguna Beach, Concept Studio is a true treasure in the world of tile showrooms.

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Jason’s “Crush”

Jason’s “Crush”

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.

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Pavers, Fireclay-Style!

Long-time Fireclay fans will often associate Fireclay pavers with Mexican Saltillo tiles, but did you know Fireclay makes their own pavers?

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Mosaics with no broken tiles?!

If you've been to our San Jose showroom recently, you may have noticed we replaced the plywood near the windows with a colorful tile mosaic.  Not just the Debris Series or Vitrail field tile, but all of Fireclay's tile, including Crush Recycled Glass, and not one was broken!

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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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Fireclay Tile is Fired Up for Coverings!

Fireclay Tile is Fired Up for Coverings!

Fireclay Tile is excited to be attending Coverings 2012 in Orlando, Florida from April 17-20th. Fireclay Tile’s mission is to produce the most beautiful, durable ceramic products using sustainable manufacturing processes and recycled materials.

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Decorative Materials - Three Seriously Dreamy Tile Showrooms

Decorative Materials - Three Seriously Dreamy Tile Showrooms

This past week I had the fortunate pleasure of visiting Colorado to meet with one of our newest customers, Decorative Materials. With showrooms in Denver, Edwards (outside of Vail), and Basalt (outside of Aspen), this family owned company covers almost the entire state.

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Turbocharged with Salesforce.com

For those who have been following the Fireclay Tile story for the past few years, you'd know that we rely on Salesforce.com's software to help run our company and ensure we do our very best to satisfy our customers.

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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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Clay Expectations - Featured Artists - Part 2 - Bella Vista Tile

Clay Expectations - Featured Artists - Part 2 - Bella Vista Tile

Old-world beauty and elegance is something you don’t necessarily have to travel to Italy or Rome to see. Nor do you need to travel to Turkey or to the jeweled-like domed buildings of Saint Petersburg, Russia. In fact, you may be surprised to find that such craft and beauty can be seen right here in the US.

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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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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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Amazed at Mosaic Tile Creations from Fireclay’s Boneyard

The Fireclay Tile team is always amazed at the creations that come out of our Boneyard. Many times we find creative scavengers searching for inexpensive beautiful tile, and other times high end designers who know their clients are willing to push the limits. But for many, the experience can be overwhelming, especially with how vast the tile selection is.

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Remodeling and Home Design

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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