Apr. 10, 2013
Join local mosaic artist Delaine Hackney and Fireclay Tile for a garden mosaic workshop on May 18th. Delaine will help walk you through the design process as well as share a few tricks of the trade so that you can create the garden mosaic of your dreams. The Fireclay Tile boneyard will be the perfect setting for inspiration, and tons of access to colorful recycled tile for your mosaic masterpiece. Please be sure to email Delaine to save your spot. We look forward to meeting all the budding mosaic artists out there!
Apr. 5, 2013
Dec. 14, 2012
Start 2013 with a Garden Mosaic Workshop with professional mosaicist Delaine Hackney. Delaine will be teaching a class at Fireclay in San Jose on Saturday, February 9 from 10.30 am to 2.30 pm. Delaine is an experienced teacher (as well as a professional mosaicist) and is very welcoming to those new to and familiar with mosaics. The class costs $90, which includes materials and the use of her mosaic tools. Please bring your lunch or feel free to walk one block to Zapata's.
If you have any questions or would like to sign up, please email or call Delaine - she'd be happy to help! You may also register for her class by clicking here.
Delaine's email/phone: firstname.lastname@example.org 415-517-1507
Nov. 13, 2012
Join us at Greenbuild 2012 in San Francisco on November 14-15 at the Expo. We are displaying all of our most environmentally conscious products, including our Debris Series Recycled Tile, Crush Recycled Glass tile, and Glazed Thin Brick. Our in-house designed booth is made from all reclaimed white oak courtesy of the awesome wood guys at Restoration Timber. We have included a sneak peek below!
At Greenbuild this year we are also proud to be supporting the Greenbuild Legacy Projects. We wrote previous blog about it here, and for every badge we scan at the show we will be donating $1 to this great local cause. Stop by Booth 4282N to get your badge scanned!
We also have a number of FREE expo passes still available if you are in need. Just email us at info @ fireclaytile.com with your request!
We hope to see you there!
Oct. 14, 2012
Fireclay becomes a butterfly for Mission Kids Co-op in San Francisco!
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.”
The area for the mosaic was a two-story cinderblock wall in pale yellow. A grant was written by Erin Farrell and supported by First 5 of San Francisco. The grant specified parents and children work together to create the mosaic. Apparently, it was so much fun that prior students, grandparents, children from the local church and general contractors broke the tile and adhered it to a mesh that was later adhered to the wall.
Close-up of Butterfly at Mission Kids Co-op
Dana Albany is the mosaic artist that pulled the large project together. It took a month and a half to complete. Dana worked with the 3 to 5 year olds between snack time, nap time, story time and park outings. The children broke the tile in plastic bags and affectionately called it “making magic.”
Detail of mosaic with Fireclay Tile
The end result was a butterfly in the center with a wingspan of 9 feet surrounded by flowers and animals. Per Dana Albany:
“The butterfly is surrounded by flowers and leaves, in every color imaginable provided by the intrinsic palette of tiles donated by Fireclay. There is a parrot perched atop exquisite tiles sculpted as tree branches, a fantastic representation of the diversity of tile Fireclay carries. Specialty Fireclay tiles include a monkey, turtles, frogs, and birds making the mosaic a mystical journey to explore and find its hidden treasures. At summer's end, the mosaic had attained its vision of beauty, love, community, and collaboration! Thank you Fireclay! For bringing ever-lasting "magic" to the Mission Kid's Co-op!!!! It is just the Beginning!!!"
Fireclay Boneyard in San Jose - a resource for mosaic artists!
Fireclay encourages all mosaic artists, or those interested in mosaics, to come to our San Jose location and visit our Boneyard. Overstocks, seconds and stocked tile can all be found at a great discount in the Boneyard. There is even a mosaic box where we have a mixture of tile. The inventory changes daily. We also encourage people involved in projects similar to the Mission Kids Co-op mosaic to contact us to see Fireclay can help donate to the project.
To find out more:
Dana Albany, mosaic artist, email@example.com, 415.871.1261
Mission Kids Co-op in San Francisco
First 5 San Francisco
Fireclay Tile Boneyard in San Jose
Sep. 18, 2012
Have Fun with Mosaics at Fireclay - Saturday, October 20th!
On Saturday, October 20th, Fireclay in San Jose will have another fantastic Mosaic Class, instructed by Delaine Hackney, a professional mosaic artist. Delaine has taught many mosaic classes and quite a few of them at Fireclay Tile. She is a great teacher and very encouraging to beginners. Delaine will provide all tools and supplies (including Fireclay tile). Please bring your lunch or you can visit our local, Zapata's, for Mexican food.
The class is from 10.30 am to 2.30 pm on Saturday, October 20th and the cost is $90. The class will take place at Fireclay Tile in San Jose. To register or ask questions, contact Delaine at firstname.lastname@example.org or give her a call at 415-517-1507. She'd love to hear from you!!
May. 24, 2012
From the previous posts, one could easily presume we are obsessed with Mosaics. Only this entry, the mosaics we're writing about are YOURS!! On June 27, Delaine Hackney (who has her work inside and outside of the Showroom) is teaching a mosaic class here at Fireclay in San Jose. She would love to share her expertise with you. Delaine has all the tools and supplies you'll need. She loves beginners, so there's no excuse not to try it out! The class is on Wednesday, June 27 from 10.30 am - 3.00 pm and costs $80. For lunch, either bring your lunch or you can go to our local, Zapata's. Please email Delaine directly if you have questions or want to register.
May. 17, 2012
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! The arrangement is so stunning that a customer took photos of it while she waited for car to be loaded last Friday.
Left side of the Fireclay Showroom entry
Right side of the Fireclay Showroom entry
Close-up of the Right side
As you can see the composition is made of our Debris and Vitrail field tile, Decoratives, Trim, Crush and Cuerda Seca tiles. The mastermind behind the installation is mosaic artist Delaine Hackney. The intent of the design was to add a "welcoming touch of color to the face of the building." Delaine knew Eric (of Fireclay) wanted to mimic Fireclay's logo and that's exactly what she did with her own colorful twist. The creation took Delaine three trips from Oakland and about 10 hours to complete. Carlos (of Fireclay) grouted the tile once Delaine was finished with the tile arrangement. The Fireclay team couldn't be happier with the whole-tile mosaic, Thank You Delaine!!
A couple of Delaine's pieces are in the showroom and they attract quite a bit of attention. If you're interested in learning more about her work or even taking a class from her, please see her website address below:
Apr. 9, 2012
Looking to add a little more sunshine to your weekend?
The following two Saturdays, April 14 and 21, Mosaic Artist Delaine Hackney will be teaching a hands on instructional pet protraiture mosaic-making workshop at our Fireclay Tile Boneyard. $135 gets you all the tools and tricks for the two-day session to designing a winning mosaic!
Visit Delaine's website to register for this weekends workshop or to ask any more specific questions about the event.
Can't make it this weekend? That's okay, check back in with us soon for another great mosaic workshop!