Aug. 26, 2010
Artisans and do-it-yourselfers know that the boneyard of excess inventory and seconds at Fireclay Tile is a treasure trove of tiles in all shapes, sizes and colors at 80 percent off regular retail prices.
During the "Boneyard Blowout" in progress through Sept. 4 at Fireclay on W. Julian Street prices drop even lower.
Tiles that retail at $23 a square foot at regular boneyard prices are $2.50 a square foot during the sale.
The 6-by-6-inch and 4-by-4 inch decorative tiles, which retail at $28 and $24, are $10 during the sale.
And the popular Saltillo paving tiles from Mexico are 20 percent off retail, with prices differing by size and finish.
"We have more than 5,000 square feet of glazed boneyard tile which can be used for bathroom, kitchen backsplash and fireplace surrounds," says Paul Burns, owner of Fireclay.
In the boneyard, named for the common term used for an area where ceramics broken in the kiln are tossed, the staff groups tiles together by color to make it easier for people working on a specific project.
Others look at it as a treasure hunt, wanting to check out everything from the flat tiles to the bullnose, quarter round, cove base, sink caps and moldings to see where their artistic inclinations take them.
In addition to people wanting to remodel kitchens and baths, there are those who want to make tiled planters, tiled tabletops, tile trivets and tile coasters.
Many select larger,
solid-color tiles to cut and use in mosaics, while others prefer the small, embossed pieces for their mosaics.
It's not unusual to have happy hunters return to Fireclay with photos of their projects and the company website includes photos of some completed projects.
"There's a lot of creative things that people do," Burns says. "We often say that our best tile projects come out of the boneyard."
Eric Edelson, Fireclay manager, points out that 90 percent of their tiles use recycled materials in the manufacturing process.
He points to the Debris Series, developed by Burns, which contains 50 percent post-consumer and pre-consumer recycled materials and is available in more than 100 colors.
Edelson says that while some of the tiles in the boneyard are seconds, most are simply excess leftovers from the special orders the 24-year-old company is known for.
It manufactures more than one million tiles a year, each one made to order.
Fireclay Tile's "Boneyard Blowout" sale continues through Sept. 4 at its showroom, 495 W. Julian St., at Autumn Street, www.fireclaytile.com, 408.275.1182. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays.