Oct. 1, 2012
Kitchen by EAG Studios with Fireclay Debris, White Gloss in Paseo on back wall
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. After working with him and seeing his finished product, it is clear he is a professional with stringent standards and an eye for detail.
Malcolm in front of Let’s Be Frank in San Francisco with camera and light reflector (on left)
Malcolm Fearon's photo of Let’s Be Frank in San Francisco
The following photos show how much work and preparation go into a “simple” photograph of an outdoor fireplace. Note the large reflectors blocking the view from across the garden.
Malcolm and Shanti set up for the fireplace shot
Malcolm Fearon's fireplace photograph with Fireclay’s Debris and Cuerda Seca
Malcolm and Shanti setting up for a kitchen shot
Malcolm Fearon's finished shot of the kitchen designed by Kelly Dougherty featuring custom Cuerda Seca Decoratives
To get a photo like this:
Madeleine Randal designed this bathroom using Fireclay's Vitrail Series in Odyssey for field tile and hexagons in Celadon (on floor).
Malcolm had to do something like this:
Malcolm Fearon doing a close up of another bathroom using Fireclay's hexagons in Vitrail Series in Shell
Malcolm can be reached via his website www.blissimages.com, email email@example.com or at 415.488.4695.
In the process of taking photographs, we were able to get to know a builder, a couple of designers and tile installer who have been faithful Fireclay customers.
Zicovich Builders has been working with Fireclay for many years and referred interior designer Kelly Dougherty to Fireclay Tile. Kelly collaborated with the Peninsula homeowners to create a well-functioning space to reflect their personality and lifestyle. Kelly originally started in fashion, but went on to get more education in interior design and has loved it ever since. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 408.838.7928.
Zicovich Builders can be reached via their website, www.zicovich.com, email email@example.com or 408.399.0606.
Home on the Peninsula built by Zicovich Builders. Photo by Benardo Grijalva.
Kelly Dougherty of KD Home Interiors, firstname.lastname@example.org or 408.838.7928
Another interior designer and faithful Fireclay customer is Madeleine Randal. She was a vital component to the remodel of a 1929 Colonial Revival home in the South Bay (see photos below). Given Madeleine’s father was the head of the San Jose State Interior Design program, she too became an interior designer (with a break to become a lawyer at a local top Valley law firm) and now has over 20 years of experience. She has designed all aspects of contemporary to historic homes. To Madeleine, every detail matters. She can be reached at email@example.com or 408.288.8381.
Interior designer Madeleine Randal. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 408.288.8381
Madeleine Randal used Fireclay's Vitrail Series in Crater Lake in a pattern to match original patterns in the 1929 Colonial Revival home. Crater Lake was used for decoratives and Sesame was used for field tile.
Not all of Fireclay’s installations were interiors. In a shopping mall in Willow Glen, Precision Tile and Granite installed our Debris Series Recycled Tile in a variety of colors the exterior walls. Contact Marcel Sousa at Precision Tile and Granite at email@example.com. Their website will be up after October 3, 2012 www.tgwork.com.
Shopping center in San Jose with Fireclay's Debris Series Recycled Tile
Dec. 30, 2011
Today I had the opporutunity to visit with one of our favorite customers. What was different is that this customer serves food - and the food is quite delicious. I'm talking about The Melt, one of the hottest restaurant concepts of 2011. Started by Jonathan Kaplan of FlipCam, The Melt's goal is to be the premier quick served grilled cheese and soup destination. After my experience today, I can say they are well on their way. Plus, we love The Melt because they were our first customers of our new glazed thin brick line (Launching January 2012)
My wife and I visited the The Melt Embarcadero location and were immediatley impressed by 4 key things:
1) FAST SERVICE: For a holiday week in SF, it was super crowded, but the line moved really quickly and very efficiently.
2) COOL ORDER SCREEN: After ordering, we saw our name show up on their "order board" which was super cool and something I'd never seen in a restaurant before. We knew exactly when our food would be ready!
3) SODA FOUNTAIN: I love a good fountain soda, and The Melt's fountain soda machine is totally unique and serves delicious Diet Coke.
4) GLAZED THIN BRICK: We may be biased, but we think the glazed thin brick in The Melt looks spectacular!
[Photo: Facebook, New Montgomery Location]
My wife and I dined on The Mission and The Classic and enjoyed every last bite. We will definitely be back!
- Eric Edelson
Apr. 18, 2010
We are fortunate to have so many WONDERFUL dealers, and one of our longest and most knowledgeable is Norberry Tile in Seattle, WA. Norberry was kind enough to feature us in one of their blogs in February 2010, and earlier this week we learned that one of their projects featuring Fireclay Tile was highlighted by the Seattle Times.
Sadly, the article mentions Pratt & Larsen, when in reality the backsplash tile is our Debris Series in Emerald Green and it was supplied by Norberry. Oh well, we still love the shots and are proud to be part of such a special home!
Crammed with interesting things, an Eastlake cottage enchants
By Rebecca Teagarden
photographed by Benjamin Benschneider
A little cottage in Seattle's Eastlake neighborhood is made enchanting with an eclectic collection of antiques and interesting objects as well as splashes of color and texture multiplied by many mirrors. It all comes together under the sophisticated eye of interior designer Mary Hansen.
Interior designer Mary Hansen carved an intimate dining space between the living room and kitchen. The old French bistro table with a limestone top, which serves as the kitchen island, also functions as dining space. Elegant lighting plays against cheerful paint choices of blue, green and yellow....(click the image for full article)
Sep. 1, 2009
At Fireclay we love food, and we love making our beautiful, recycled Debris Series tile for great food establishments.
Just this month, a wonderful new restaurant - Bocanova - has opened in the heart of Oakland’s Jack London Square. “Pan-American cuisine is the blending of culinary currents from Europe and the Americas while using the best and freshest local ingredients,” comments Bocanova-Executive Chef, Rick Hackett. Beyond the exquisite cuisine, the owners of Bocanova were committed to using sustainable materials and asked their architect, Michael Guthrie Architecture, to specify our Debris Series in the kitchen area. The tile’s 52% recycled material and local sourcing and sustainable manufacturing mattered to them, but the high quality and unique style were absolute requirements. We believe the result is great and can’t wait to go taste some of the delicious food!
Aug. 8, 2009
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.
“The stark white house at the end of Plaza Drive in San Jose’s historic Palm Haven neighborhood takes you by surprise. It’s a small single story on a corner lot. But its domed tower and decorative parapet across the roofline force you to take a second look.
This is Michael Borbely’s mini-masterpiece — a recently completed Mission Revival house of stucco and tile that took years of research to create with the help of a local tile company to reproduce century-old details.
It’s not a big house, but it’s a flexible house,” he says. “I see this as able to double as a dining space” or a gracious area for wine receptions. A wainscoting of colorful tile, reproduced by Fireclay Tile, came from a 100-year-old photograph Borbely found.”
We were proud to be part of such a wonderful project!