With the right attitude a disaster of a situation can turn into a thing of beauty, which is exactly what happened to our customer, Dana.
With the right attitude a disaster of a situation can turn into a thing of beauty, which is exactly what happened to our customer, Dana.
Simplicity rules in this customer's freshly modern bathroom remodel. With an outdated 1940's design in desperate need of repair, Elisa welcomed the challenge of transforming her bath into a bright and clean space with modern appeal. Featuring a neutral color scheme and timeless design elements, this new and improved bathroom is meant to last for decades to come.
A boring powder room is a missed opportunity! These small spaces in our homes are the ideal place to showcase the inner you when it comes to pattern, color, and style.
In this natural world there are unquestionably more shades of brown than shades of grey to choose from. Our brand new Express color, Quail Feather is a warm, earthy version, muted with just the right hint of grey.
Moroccan-style tile typically lends itself to highly saturated vibrant hues, but here at Fireclay we like to break the rules so we're exploring the alternative–Moroccan's softer side.
We are always excited to see the creative ways our customers use our tile, which is why we were jumping with joy when Shelly Yoder, one of our very own showroom designers, gave us a peek into her home.
A huge part of the creative process at Fireclay Tile is the brilliant photography of our product–absolutely a cornerstone of our story. In-house photographer and graphic designer, Gina Benedetti is all about nuance and perfection when it comes to the photos we share with you.
Classic, eternal, and iconic, our cool delicate Fennel conjures up the heavy hitting adjectives of the design world. There is a certain je ne sais quoi, an unaccountable attraction, to this color.
After too much time spent living with an outdated and dysfunctional bathroom, Dietta and her husband decided it was time to undergo a complete transformation.
The final edit is a true team effort. Drawings and patterns, can live in a designers notebook for years, but as the final mock ups finally start arriving from the factory it's time for others to weigh in.
Give your eyes a rest from quiet neutrals and wrap yourself in a warm Tuscan glow. Orange, tangerine, Tuscan gold, these delicious sunset colors add personality and warmth to your very existence.
World Cup fever has hit the world over and all eyes are on Brazil. Soccer fan or not, Brazil conjurs up fun, sun, modernism, and saturated, glorious, color, especially YELLOW, bright, vibrant, and unapologetic. Can a simple color influence the disposition of an entire country and its style? One thing is for certain, yellow infuses sunlit exuberance and sheer joy to any area.
Whether you choose a single bold hue, or a patchwork combination, the staircase is the perfect platform to showcase color and pattern. To help your stairs rise to the challenge, we put together some helpful tips and tricks.
Inspired by our new Handpainted collections we've decided to proclaim our love of pattern and it's versatility by digging through our Pinterest boards to put together a collection of our favorite spaces using patterned tile in unique and inspiring ways. So go ahead, get Pinspired!
Mosaic artist, Delaine Hackney finishes her most recent project titled "Flutterybys", a ceramic mosaic gracing the 96 foot high exterior wall of the new Kaiser Permanente Hospital in San Leandro, California. The six month long project features mosaic butterflies that span up to 16 feet wide and are handcrafted with at least 90% Fireclay Tile.
Oh Pinterest, there is so much inspiration to be found, and so many hours to be lost drooling over the gorgeous interiors we wish were ours. This week we put together a collection of our absolute favorite pin-worthy kitchens–you know, the kind of kitchens that have you ready to undergo a full on remodel, and ways to re-create them with our tile, so get ready to be Pinspired!
With so many glass colors to choose from, it can be pretty difficult to blend your favorite hues into an aesthetically pleasing mosaic, so we turn to color theory for a helping hand.
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.
With spring cleaning and organization in cue, we have been coveting all things orderly lately. Our favorite orderly tile trend being a Straight Set or Vertical Straight Set arrangement.
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.
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.
Take these 5 cues from the whites of winter and learn how to successfully integrate white into your home.
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.
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).
Feeling the urge to be creative? Looking for some design inspiration? Come by our Boneyard to get started on your next DIY home improvement project.
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!
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.
Our friends at Cultivate - an online resource for kitchen inspiration, have launched an exciting competition that's sure to get the creative juices flowing.
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.
We're SO excited to have just launched our brand new Color-It tool!
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.
Recently, Fireclay donated tile to Mission Kids Co-op pre-school in San Francisco to transform their “dull courtyard” into a “whimsical, child-like world of color through mosaics.”
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.
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.
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.
New Ravenna Mosaics did an experimental piece named "Ester" and presented the design at Coverings (industry show) in Florida earlier this year. Isn't it beautiful?!
We are honored to have been recently featured by Bespoke Post in their latest "Box of Awesome"!
Join Fireclay Tile and Wooden Window at a Community Networking Breakfast in San Francisco
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.
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.
Long-time Fireclay fans will often associate Fireclay pavers with Mexican Saltillo tiles, but did you know Fireclay makes their own pavers?
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!
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.
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.
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.
Angela in Portland, Oregon has a massive Crush on her recently remodeled 1906 farmhouse, bathroom. Angie worked with one of our talented Ceramicists, Sabrina from our San Jose Showroom, where together they created a bathroom with our Crush 100% Recycled Glass Tile, that Angie's 80 year old self (way in the future) would always adore.
Homeowners share their Fireclay Tile installations stories. Fireclay Tile, Cureda Seca, Lugo, Peacock Colorway, 6x6 tile backsplash recently installed in urban Brooklyn, New York Kitchen apartment.
Kelly LaPlante writes a guest blog about her new collection in development for Fireclay Tile. Her inspiration for the collection comes from Stella McCartney and Coco Channel
We loved watching President Obama speak tonight on the State of the Union. We took away many key ideas and thoughts, but most important for us were his bullish comments about bringing manufacturing back to the United States.
Freshen the look of your home, or next project with Fireclay Tile's handmade, recycled tiles. All Fireclay Tile is made with love and soul in Northern California and sold all over the United States, and Canada.
2011 was an incredible year for Fireclay Tile and our team. We thought we'd take a moment to remember some of our accomplishments
InteriLife delivers a beautiful kitchen transformation using Fireclay Tile Express Series 3x6 field tile in Moss.
Fireclay Tile is thrilled to be participating in a Dwell Media Event in honor of the Junior League of San Francisco. Attending the event will be top San Francisco and Bay Area designers, along with several manufacturers showcasing their modern collections.
Every once in awhile we get emails from folks looking for help in all kinds of things. Recycling, manufacturing, possible partnerships, etc. This week I received an email from an amazing woman named Victory Ground about her and her non-profit pottery studio, Old Town Artisan Studio.
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.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve helped customers in the showroom that want to use our Debris Series Recycled Tile and Vitrail Series Handmade Tile colors together. It happens so often because when you come into our San JoseFactory Showroom and you make it back to the hallway of colors, its quite overwhelming.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Fireclay Tile was recently featured in the San Jose Mercury News for our reproduction of 100-year old tile from a Spanish-style Mission-revival house.
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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