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Color Spotlight: Cool Off With Santorini Blue

Color Spotlight: Cool Off With Santorini Blue

Reminding us of the ocean, clear sunny skies, and a sense of tranquility, blue is one of those colors that will never really go out of style.  The same can be said for our Tile color Santorini Blue, a rich cobalt hue inspired by the signature azure roofs and balconies that dot the Grecian islands.

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Fireclay On Pattern: Star & Cross

Fireclay On Pattern: Star & Cross

Featuring an interlocking eight-pointed star and cross design, our Star & Cross pattern takes from Spanish colonial architecture and sumptuous Moroccan salons.  Embracing both the traditional and the exotic, this geometric design is sure to add a graphic touch to your decor.

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Color Spotlight: Freshen Up Your Space With Kiwi

Color Spotlight: Freshen Up Your Space With Kiwi

With warm weather and spring flowers in full bloom we are feeling inspired by our fresh and colorful glazes, especially our lightest and brightest green, Kiwi.  Kiwi creates a refreshing escape with its minty green tint, showcasing an artful crackle glaze and cool, glossy wash.

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This Tile Used to be Your TV: Introducing CRT

This Tile Used to be Your TV: Introducing CRT

We are excited to officially launch the newest member of our Glass family, CRT!  Our CRT Tile is handmade from 100% post consumer e-waste.  New to CRT?  Here is a little background on this innovative new product.

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Tile Countertops: Everything You Need to Know

Tile Countertops: Everything You Need to Know

If you're tile obsessed like we are you would put tile anywhere and everywhere, so why not your countertop?  We know, tile countertop debates tend to get heated and arguments over cleanliness dominate the conversation, and we agree–countertop surfaces need do be clean.  But despite all the naysay around tile, we think it is a viable option that is too often discarded.

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Tile DIY: Everything you Need to Know About Trim

Tile DIY: Everything you Need to Know About Trim

Now that you can buy tile online (yep, you heard us right–online!) here is another quick Tile DIY video to help you get through the tricky process of selecting and buying the right type and amount of trim for your project.  Now sit back, and let our talented Design Consultant, Emily guide you through all things trim.

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From Now On, This is How You Buy Tile

From Now On, This is How You Buy Tile

Tile is an inherently complicated buying experience – the production source is rarely transparent, sampling is challenging, pricing is inconsistent, shipping is expensive, and final installation is always stressful.  Our new E-commerce experience aims to tear down these challenges by creating a completely seamless online experience for purchasing tile.

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Get Runway Ready with Fashion-Inspired Tile

Get Runway Ready with Fashion-Inspired Tile

Inspired by fashion, Austin-based designer, Kelly Laplante dressed up our Tile with a collection that celebrates some of the most classic elements in men and women's clothing.  From the tried and true houndstooth pattern to metal links found in vintage watches, these bold patterns are straight off the runway, and will add a stunning graphic element to your interior.

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Color Spotlight: Go Rustic Chic with Birch

Color Spotlight: Go Rustic Chic with Birch

Inspired by peeling bark and the light wood grain of our favorite bare trees, Birch has us dreaming of the outdoors.  Highlighted by a rustic crackle glaze and a creamy white undertone, this nature-inspired hue is the perfect starting point for any neutral interior, creating a sense of casual elegance sure to calm the senses.

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Fireclay on Color: How to Go Au Naturel with Neutrals

Fireclay on Color: How to Go Au Naturel with Neutrals

Neutrals often get a bad rap for being boring or flat, but we couldn't disagree more!  With the right level of variation in shade and a carefully crafted balance of texture, a neutral interior creates a sense of understated sophistication that will match any style.

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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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Tile DIY: Installing and Cutting Your Tile

Tile DIY: Installing and Cutting Your Tile

Installing tile on your own can be challenging, but as always, we are here to help!  This week we are featuring the third installment of our Tile DIY series, and we will be showing you how to successfully cut and install your tile!

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The Dream Team: Meet Our Online Designers

The Dream Team: Meet Our Online Designers

They are known as our Online Design Consultants, but around here we refer to them as the dream team.  These three talented ladies are the designers behind our Online Design Assistance Program, and are here to help make your tile dreams come true, no matter where you are located in the U.S, or what type of assistance you need.

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Tile DIY: Surface Prep and Layout

Tile DIY: Surface Prep and Layout

Installing tile on your own can be challenging, but we are here to help!  Here is the second installment of our DIY series, how to prepare your surface and layout in preparation for installing your tile.

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Green with Envy

Green with Envy

With an extra skip in our step we can't help but notice the budding trees and sprouting foliage all around us. Those first hints of spring make for a color infusion sure to calm and energize your spirit all year round.

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Color Spotlight: How to Choose the Perfect White

Color Spotlight: How to Choose the Perfect White

Doesn't it seem odd that white, the simplest hue, is one of the most complicated tile colors?  With a variety of tints and undertones, each shade of white has a very distinctive look, so it is important to figure out which white is going to work best in your specific interior.

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Tile DIY: Measuring your Backsplash

Tile DIY: Measuring your Backsplash

Installing tile on your own can be challenging, but we are here to help!  To get you started on the right track we made a quick video on how to measure your kitchen backsplash in preparation for ordering and installing your tile.

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Introducing #MyFireclayTile

Introducing #MyFireclayTile

Have you ordered samples from us, received your tile order, or have recently completed an installation?  Whatever your Fireclay Tile experience is, we want you to share it with us!

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Color Spotlight: Scarlet Red

Color Spotlight: Scarlet Red

Our fiery red Glazed Thin Brick color, Scarlet is not for the faint of heart.  With subtle touches of variation and rich, weathered texture, our red brick is sure to make a bold statement.

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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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Paseo: A Curvy New Classic

Paseo: A Curvy New Classic

Ever wonder how our Paseo shape came to be?  Defined as a "leisurely walk or stroll" our Paseo shape was designed to be a contemporary twist on a Moroccan favorite.

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Color Spotlight: Designing with our Icey Cool Hues

Color Spotlight: Designing with our Icey Cool Hues

With the 2014 Winter Olympics gearing up to start, we have found ourselves inspired by the icy cool hues of winter.  These winter tones offer a sense of calm and tranquility to their surroundings, so we figured, why not incorporate these colors into your home for a similar effect?  As always, we are here to help, and put together some advice on how to successfully transform your space into a refreshing respite with a winter cool color palette.

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Meet the Maker: Q&A with Forest Dickey of Varian Designs

Meet the Maker: Q&A with Forest Dickey of Varian Designs

A brand new San Francisco showroom called for new furniture and fixtures to match our contemporary and industrial, yet playful new space.  To help us achieve the perfect look, we enlisted the help of San Francisco-based furniture designer, Forest Dickey of Varian Designs. 

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Tile vs Glass in the Bathroom:  Which is Best For You?

Tile vs Glass in the Bathroom:  Which is Best For You?

There are endless decisions to be made when remodeling a bathroom, and we know that a good chunk of those decisions you are trying to finalize have to do with tile.  Thats why we decided to make your life a little easier by covering the pros and cons of using our top bathroom contenders,  ceramic tile and glass tile.

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Installation Stories: The Glazed Thin Brick Man Cave

Installation Stories: The Glazed Thin Brick Man Cave

When searching for the perfect tile to use in their "mancave" bathroom, Dustin his wife turned to Yelp for a list of referrals.  After reading our kind reviews, the couple decided to visit us over at our San Francisco Showroom.  "Fireclay was the third tile store we visited while choosing our bathroom tile and it was head-over-heels a better experience than the first two" says Dustin, "We are new homeowners and this would be our first experience ordering custom tile."

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Color Spotlight: 4 Tips for Using Contemporary Neutrals

Color Spotlight: 4 Tips for Using Contemporary Neutrals

As part of our new handpainted collections launching this Spring, we will be introducing a contemporary collection emphasizing clean lines, geometric patterns, and one of our favorite neutral color schemes, gray and white.  Follow these 5 tips when using this clean and fresh color combination and you're guaranteed to achieve the perfect amount of contemporary cool.

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Handpainted Sneak Peek: Meet Susanne Redfield Founder of Kibak Tile

Handpainted Sneak Peek: Meet Susanne Redfield Founder of Kibak Tile

Spring is just around the corner, and with the season's promise of a fresh start we will be launching brand new collections of handpainted tiles, designed by the talented Susanne Redfield of K I B A K T I L E .   Our collaboration with Susanne has inspired a fresh new approach to our handpainted tile, with new designs inspired by the simple beauty of wall coverings and textures.

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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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Color Spotlight: Chartreuse + Cyclone

Color Spotlight: Chartreuse + Cyclone

Chartreuse is not a color for the faint of heart.  Appropriately named after its resemblance to the green tinged French liqueur made by the Carthusian Monks, this yellowish-green hue is bold, its bright, and it demands attention.  So how do you make chartreuse stand out without feeling outlandish?  Try pairing the bright hue with a muted neutral color palate.  One of our favorite combinations is Chartreuse and a smokey charcoal gray such as our color, Cyclone.

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Q&A with Nash Hurley, our San Francisco Showroom Architect

Q&A with Nash Hurley, our San Francisco Showroom Architect

For years, on the corner of 8th and Brannan in the Design District of San Francisco, was a building known to locals as the Dwan Elevator building. In spite of the signage still hanging on the buildings facade, the space had not been occupied by the elevator company for years, and had fallen into a state of disrepair.  Seeing the buildings potential, we signed a lease, and have moved our headquarters to San Francisco!  As we watched the buildings design evolve and contractors start knocking down walls, we began to wonder where Nash gets his inspiration, so we asked him a few questions.

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5 Tips for Finding the Right Tile Installer

5 Tips for Finding the Right Tile Installer

Finding a top-notch tile installer is hard. Installing handmade tile like ours requires patience and years of experience, so make sure to take your time when making this critical decision. Use these 5 tips to find the right tile installer.

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Our Definitive Guide to Tile Terminology: S-Z

Our Definitive Guide to Tile Terminology: S-Z

It's Friday again, and it is the last week of our Definitive Guide to Tile Terminology!  This week we are covering the final section of the alphabet, S through Z.  We have had some great feedback from our readers and staff this past month, and have added many of their suggestions to our list!  In the future, we hope to add our guide to tile terminology to our website to serve as a helpful resource while tackling your tile installations.

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Happy Holidays from Team Fireclay!

Happy Holidays from Team Fireclay!

We have had an incredible year here at Fireclay Tile, so what do we do?  Throw parties of course!  This year we went big and hosted not one, but TWO holiday parties for our staff and families.

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We did it! Our CRT Kickstarter Project Has been Funded!

We did it! Our CRT Kickstarter Project Has been Funded!

Our CRT Kickstarter campaign has come to an end and we are so happy to announce our project has been successfully funded!  We raised just over $16K and we are thrilled to start making our CRT coasters and backsplash tile for our Backers!  We want to give a huge thank you to everyone who supported us throughout the campaign, we couldn’t have done it without you!  Some of you gave us some awesome feedback and we wanted to share the love, check out what our backers are saying about us and our CRT Tile!

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Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2014 is Announced!

Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2014 is Announced!

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 it making it’s mark on the design world in 2014.

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Our Definitive Guide to Tile Terminology: A to C

Our Definitive Guide to Tile Terminology: A to C

Team Fireclay put our heads together and created a definitive guide to tile terminology!  So study up before tackling your next project, and learn to talk about tile like a pro!  Each week we will be covering a new section of the alphabet.  This week we are featuring the A's to the C's!

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Q&A with Bay Area Architect, Josh Mogal eco+historical homes

Q&A with Bay Area Architect, Josh Mogal eco+historical homes

San Francisco based architect, Josh Mogal of eco+historical has been a long time customer and friend of Fireclay Tile.  His stunning historical kitchen rennovations often feature our tile, and we are honored to be able to partner with a designer who has focused his career on sustainable design.  We took a minute to chat with Josh about his career, sustainable design, and of course our CRT tile!

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Herringbone: The Wild Side of a Classic Shape

Herringbone: The Wild Side of a Classic Shape

Herringbone, the beloved pattern named after its resemblance to the skeleton of a herring, is undoubtedly a classic, spanning all the way back to the Roman Empire, where its conception stemmed from the construction of an enormous road system called the Viae Publicae.

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This Tile Was Your TV.

This Tile Was Your TV.

We are very excited to announce the launch of our Kickstarter project! Our prouct is the first of its kind and we are very proud of what we have created – 100% post consumer CRT Glass Tile. CRT, also known as Cathode Ray Tube glass, was used to make the glass screens in old televisions and computer monitors.

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Happy Customers = Happy Fireclay Employees

Happy Customers = Happy Fireclay Employees

Here at Fireclay Tile, a surefire way to make our day is hearing from happy customers. This week we got an email from Megan in California who chose a Vitrail Series 3 x 6 in Topaz for the backsplash in her kitchen.

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Fireclay Video Shoot - Day 1

Fireclay Video Shoot - Day 1

We are currently shooting our next round of Fireclay TIle Videos! We love video, as it's both a great way for us to highlight who we are as a company and also to educate our customers.

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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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Parquet: A Simple Twist on a Classic Favorite

Parquet: A Simple Twist on a Classic Favorite

Parquetry, a wood inlay technique dating back to 17th century France, was first introduced at the Palace of Versailles in 1684. Originally, this technique of assembling geometric patterns of wood, was used to replace marble flooring in the palace which was prone to water seepage, resulting in the degradation of subfloor joists.

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Fireclay Rocks the San Jose 1/2 Marathon / Mini-Marathon

Fireclay Rocks the San Jose 1/2 Marathon / Mini-Marathon

On Sunday, October 6th, 36 members of the Fireclay Team gathered on a crisp fall morning to race in the San Jose 1/2 Marathon / 5 mile Mini-Marathon. Sporting some fresh new "Tile to the People" athletic shirts, the team was looking smart as we hustled over from the San Jose Showroom to the start line.

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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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Tile Trivia: An Ogee History

Tile Trivia: An Ogee History

Did you know the ogee design can trace its ancestry all the way back to ancient Persia and the Tomb of Cyrus the Great? The design itself stems from the ancient "cyma reversa" which is literally broken up into two Latin terms, cyma (or moulding) and reversa (or returned).

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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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Fireclay Tile at Cal Memorial Stadium

Fireclay Tile at Cal Memorial Stadium

We are excited to share the finished photos of a recent project from Debra Nichols Design. This installation of memorial donor tiles can be found at Cal Memorial Stadium on the UC Berkeley campus.

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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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Walk the Runway

Walk the Runway

The Runway Collection is perfect for the non conformist, or the traditionalist with a secret wild side. Keep it simple by choosing a neutral color, or add some impact with bold glaze choices and contrasting grout lines. 

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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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We are now all owners of Fireclay Tile!

We are thrilled to announce our new Fireclay Tile Employee Ownership Plan.  We have carved out part of our company's ownership for our team members, and now everyone has a chance to be a partial owner of our company.

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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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Water Reclamation in Action!

Water Reclamation in Action!

We recently expanded our clay tile factory in Aromas, CA. Part of the expansion project allows us to introduce new manufacturing techniques and make room for even more efforts geared at sustainability.

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Recycled Tile Under the Sea!

Recycled Tile Under the Sea!

We are honored to be able to help the Reefs of Tomorrow Initiative with their coral reef rehabilitation project. We used our Debris Series Recycled Tile to custom make several unique tile shapes that are being used to study interaction between Parrot fish and coral reefs.

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Garden Mosaic’s Workshop Saturday May 18th

Garden Mosaic’s Workshop Saturday May 18th

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.

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Historic Renovation Under the Sea

Historic Renovation Under the Sea

This project was part historic renovation, part Fireclay Tile. We worked with a homeowner to give these original fish tiles from the Steinhart Aquarium new life. Fireclay made the Debris Series recycled clay field tile to complement the original fish tiles.

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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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San Francisco Showroom Now Open!

San Francisco Showroom Now Open!

Our showroom features the very best of Fireclay Tile, including 9 panel displays of our tile, over 90 custom concept boards, all the colors available from our company, as well as walls of samples for viewing and displaying.

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Garden Mosaic class at Fireclay Tile!!

Garden Mosaic class at Fireclay Tile!!

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.

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Reclaiming Wastewater!

Reclaiming Wastewater!

Recently in the Aromas factory, Fireclay Tile installed a new wastewater reclamation system for our automatic glazing machine.  This machine produces wastewater that has over sprayed glaze in it.  Our new system provides us with a more efficient way of collecting and re-using that wastewater.

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Scan for charity & entire Fireclay Team @ Greenbuild 2012!!

Scan for charity & entire Fireclay Team @ Greenbuild 2012!!

In October, Fireclay Tile announced that it was donating to Greenbuild’s Legacy Project.  Each year the USGBC’s Greenbuild conference and expo chooses a project to thank the host city.   This year the conference was in San Francisco and the Legacy Projects were two urban gardens. 

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Visit us at Greenbuild 2012 in San Francisco

Visit us at Greenbuild 2012 in San Francisco

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.

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