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Founded in 1986 by its Chief Ceramicist, Paul Burns, Fireclay Tile makes the highest quality, most durable and aesthetic hand-made ceramic materials using "old world" methods that are unique, affordable, and "green." The company is based in San Jose, CA where it manufactures and sells its products including Debris Series Recycled Tile, Vitrail Series Handmade Tile, Claymonde Ceramic Sheets, and now its Express Series Quickship Tile.

Since inception, the company has been at the forefront of innovation in the ceramic industry, and today the company is proud to be sold nationally in over 130 tile and eco-friendly showrooms and be used by some of the most well respected brands including Whole Foods Markets. In addition, all products are LEED compliant and contribute to LEED's construction credits. Fireclay Tile's up-cycling and manufacturing efforts are also being supported by a grant awarded by the California Department of Conservation. Fireclay Tile aims to be a triple-bottom line company and ensure they take the environment into account in every decision we make and offer all of our employees a fare wage and benefits.

Crush 100% Recycled Glass Tile
First 5 Months - Crushing It

In its five months since launch, Crush 100% Recycled Glass Tile has captured the world of tile, sustainability, and interior design. Recently nominated for Interiors & Sources 2011 Readers' Choice Awards, the product has been selected for specification in hospitals, restaurants, commercial offices, cafeterias and hundreds of residences throughout the U.S. Fireclay Tile is proud to share some of its recent accomplishments with Crush:

Materials Recycled:

Every square foot of Crush weighs just over 4 lbs, and 99.5% of the product is 100% recycled glass from pre-consumer recycled window panes. Fireclay Tile collects the glass just 15 miles away from the largest window cutter in Northern California, and what started as Fireclay literally sorting through dumpsters for scraps has turned into a pristine operation in which Fireclay receptacles are on site and removed as often as three times per week, eliminating now over 1 ton (or 2200 lbs) of glass from the waste stream each week. Fireclay then crushes and processes the glass in its local San Jose, CA manufacturing facility, just 15 miles from the site of collection. Since launching Crush, Fireclay Tile has successfully up-cycled over 55,000 lbs of glass from its local environment, turning a once waste material into beautiful, sustainable tile for interiors and exteriors. Fireclay Tile's goal is to offset over 1 million pounds of glass within the next 3 years.

Economic Development:

One of the main reasons Fireclay Tile launched Crush was to create jobs in its local San Jose, CA economy. In a time when unemployment is at the top of the headlines, Fireclay has increased the full-time Crush staff from one to four, bringing three new jobs to the local San Jose market. Fireclay hopes to add even more jobs to its local economy as its production needs continue to grow.

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Featured Projects:

Crush has already been part of hundreds of projects ranging from several pieces for mosaic projects to 500 square foot orders for elementary schools and restaurants. These projects have selected Crush both due to its sustainable manufacturing processes, but more importantly for its rich color and extensive size and shape collection. Some recent hospitality and commercial projects that Fireclay is excited to be part of include:

  • Chicago Museum of Science Smart House - Chicago, IL
  • Google, Inc. - San Francisco, CA
  • New Avenue Homes Model Showcase Home - San Jose, CA
  • Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD) - San Diego, CA
  • Dwell Showhome - San Francisco, CA
  • Pacific Palisades Elementary - Pacific Palisades, CA

Showrooms:

Crush is now available in over 50 showrooms throughout the U.S. These range from high-end tile showrooms to green building supply stores with strict criteria for sustainably manufactured products. The latest showroom to introduce Crush is Treehouse in Austin, TX, a new Home Depot-like concept store focused exclusively on sustainable building materials. All showrooms have been outfitted with color boards and various concept boards that introduce the product to customers in unique and beautiful ways to help inspire their design aesthetic. Visit www.fireclaytile.com to find a Crush showroom near you!

Fireclay has been hard at work launching this beautiful product. Crush is made-to-order within two weeks from Fireclay Tile's sustainable, artisan manufacturing facility in San Jose, CA.. With 40 different colors, available in both gloss and matte finishes, and an array of 17 sizes with complementary borders, the design options are limitless. Come check out Fireclay's newest Crush at www.fireclaytile.com!

Fireclay Tile Adds a New Dimension to Ceramic Coverings

Claymonde Display

Fireclay Tile, the U.S manufacturing company that has brought superior quality, innovation and sustainability to the tile industry for the past 24 years, is pleased to announce its newest tile collection, Claymonde. Fireclay Tile's Claymonde are exquisite sheets of ceramic color, developed through a proprietary ceramic rolling process that allows Claymonde to be ultra thin yet also a durable, futuristic, lightweight, straight-edged large format wall tile. The ceramic sheet rolling method makes the tiles close to perfectly flat (~1/4" thick), while the ceramic fiber in the clay body provides some flexibility to the tile so that they can be pressed up against a flat wall surface. Fireclay hand glazes all colored pieces with their natural, lead free glazes.

Careful craftsmanship and sustainable practices go into the glazing of the Claymonde tiles in Fireclay's Northern California factory. The glazes are made in-house and are lead free. All glaze over-spray is collected and recycled - any waste they do produce is inert and non-hazardous, as are the tiles themselves. The Claymonde glazing process is designed to minimize variation, thus enhancing the contemporary look of the product. Now available in fourteen standard glaze colors with a sleek gloss finish that creates a shiny, semi-reflective sheen. Custom colors can also be created. Claymonde is available in two standard sizes - 5¾ x 35¼" and 11 11/16 x 35¼" - and custom sizes up to 3'x6' are available for orders over 600 square feet.

Claymonde Ceramic Sheets

"When I first saw the clay body I loved the large-size, ultra-thin ceramic form factor," said Paul Burns, Fireclay's Founder and Chief Ceramicist. "What it was missing, though, were vibrant colors that fit today's modern, contemporary market. We created a refined palette that so far has been extremely well received on both the east and west coast."

Claymonde is designed for both interior and exterior applications, and it is ideal for wall applications in commercial, residential, retail, and hospitality settings. So far Claymonde has been used on grocery store ceilings and walls, residential bathroom and kitchen walls, fireplace surrounds, and outdoor kitchens and mosaic designs.