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Behind The Scenes

Fireclay Tile: Proudly Handmade in the USA

By Lindsey |

Tile: Ogee Drops in Cerulean on our packing table

Did you know that all of our ceramic tiles and glazed thin bricks are made right here in the USA? Since we began our tile-making journey in 1986, we've been proud to call California our home with our one and only Showroom in San Francisco, and our production facility in Aromas. Though we're Californians at heart, we work with designers, architects, and homeowners across all 50 states and even internationally! 

Image: The view from our factory in Aromas, CA surrounded by agricultural land

We’re part of a long and rich history of tile making in California. It all began with our Founder and Chief Ceramicist Paul Burns, who got his start as an apprentice to his uncle at the age of 10, carrying on a family tradition that dates back to the 1920s. Click here to learn more about Fireclay's story!

Our factory in Aromas has a unique history as well. The space and land originally began its production journey as the manufacturing end of an apple orchard! We’ve since repurposed its storage buildings to house our production equipment.

Learn more about our factory here

Everywhere you look, our factory is teeming with visual inspiration.

Image: Some of our hand-mixed, lead-free glazes

We're also big supporters of local businesses. For this reason, we source the majority of our recycled and raw materials from local suppliers who we have been working with for many years. For example, we source our clay from the foothills of the Sierra Nevadas, our thin brick from Sacramento, and our granite dust (used in our recycled clay body) from local quarries near our factory in Aromas. While we cannot get all of our raw materials nearby, it's important to us to try to source as many as we can from the United States.

Image: Crushed raw materials 

Another fact we're proud of is that we do not keep any stock in our tile, meaning each and every order is made by hand, just for you! This helps in our effort to remain sustainable and to avoid waste. Because everything we make is made to order (and by hand!), we often have longer lead times than you will see from companies selling mass-manufactured tiles. 

For a real insider look into the daily happenings at our factory in Aromas, check out this video

We love a good before and after shot. See how our tile makes its way from our production line, right to you! 

Image: Ogee tiles being loaded into our Roller Hearth Kiln which fires at 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit 

Tile: Ogees in French Linen

Did you know that about seven pairs of hands touch every tile we make? 

Image: Star shapes being cut out of our recycled clay body

Tile: Large Star and Cross in Tuolumne Meadows // Design: Lovely Indeed

Our bisque Ogee Drops prior to glazing basking in the sun: 

Image: Bisque Ogee Drops

Image: Ogee Drops in Cerulean on our packing table

Tile: Ogee Drops in Cerulean 

Image: In progress Isfahan handpainted tiles in a custom color motif

Tile: Handpainted Isfahan in a custom color motif

Want to create your own handpainted custom colorway? Check out our Color It Tool! 

Image: Basil tiles on our packing table

Tile: 2 x 8 field tile in Basil

Love our USA made tile? Order samples online now. Need some help? Simply call, chat, or fill out our Design Assistance Form and one of our talented Design Consultants will get back to you shortly.