The Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce names our own Nick Barreiro 2017 CELEBRANDO Austin Honoree! We are very proud!

 

***We congratulate Nick Barreiro, our 2017 Hispanic Male Entrepreneur Award honoree!***
Nick Barreiro is the Co-Founder and Chief Tile Scout of Clay Imports, an independently owned Austin-based company that specializes in the design, production, and distribution of handcrafted tile.

While developing Clay Imports and searching the world for skilled tile artisans, Nick became increasingly involved in the Sister Cities International Program. He focuses on supporting the Austin-Saltillo Sister City’s effort toward US-Mexico citizen diplomacy. His commercial endeavors, combined with his international social interests, led to the idea of Glocal Tile Productions.

Glocal Tile Productions pairs designers from strong consumer communities with tile artisans from around the world: global crafters meet local designer. Through the process of connecting designers and crafters internationally, Glocal Tile Productions not only contributes to the creation of innovative tile-works, it also promotes learning, understanding & friendship between people, communities, and countries.

Nick is in the process of developing a tile making class that will provide designers with access to studio space in Mexico, Turkey, and Morocco.

(Facebook announcement August 25, 2017)

Do you have an upcoming tile project or know someone who does? Please spread the word that, as a promotional effort, Ayse Design and Clay Imports will be applying a 20% discount to all GEOMETRIC SERIES TILE LINE orders placed before June 15, 2017. We would love to see these patterns in your home.

Would you like a price quote, need help calculating quantities or deciding on a tile that fits your space? Please send questions and/or order inquiries to contact@clayimports.com
Thanks, everyone,
Nick and Ayse

Well, it happened! The tile line that we’ve been working on with Ayse Design has totally become LEGIT! We absolutely loved getting to share this awesome “Geometric Series” designed in Austin – hecho en Mexico at the industry event on May 10, 2017.

The Geometric Series

The line has been in the works for almost 4 months now with plenty of back and forth travel between our tile factory in Dolores Hidalgo, GTO, and ATX. The collaboration between artisans in Mexico and the U.S. designer culminated in a well-thought and beautifully crafted tile line. We’re proud to do our part for the friendly partnerships that exist between the two countries. So getting this off the ground has been super exciting for our Clay Imports team and Ayse.

 

While in Mexico, Beef and Pie Productions shot an awesome video documenting the production and of the Geometric Series. We are stoked, to say the least.

 

Pretty things to look at while we drink

Clay Imports and Ayse invited the trade to for a tile talk over empanadas, margaritas, Mexican Coke, Topo Chico’s and delicious coffee. Not to forget the super cute tile cookies by Rocheli Patisserie. We were 100% looking at pretty things while we drank and ate…Designers, Architects, Contractors – you name it, the people from the trade were here and we received only positive feedback! It doesn’t get any better for a new product launch.

The black and white, 14 patterned, visually appealing line has made its official debut. Now the clock is ticking: Install this fresh tile somewhere in Austin!

The tiles will be online for sale soon, but for now: come by the showroom to check out this aaahhhmazing new line and joins us for the tile launch fiesta tonight:

 

We party again!

Tile Launch Party at Lewis Carnegie - May 12 -

at Lewis Carnegie
1312 B East Cesar Chavez
Austin, Texas 78702

from 6pm-9pm

With excellent brews by Austin Beerworks

 

Located in north Mexico, Saltillo, the capital of Coahuila, is just a 7-hour drive from Austin, making it a must-see destination for your next weekend getaway.

Want to know something that most people don’t?

In addition to Saltillo being the global hub for Saltillo Tile, one of most familiar forms of terracotta in the world, it is also the birthplace of the colorful, handwoven, Mexican textile, known as the Serape. Furthermore, Saltillo has a fascinating historical connection to Texas, once being the capital of The Lonestar State, inspiring citizens from both Austin and Saltillo to solidify the relationship by creating a formal, Sister City partnership. Saltillo is Austin’s oldest Sister City, a bond that Clay Imports promotes and celebrates.

Tile made in Saltillo, Mexico

With regards to traditional handmade tile, Saltillo is most notably known for 12″ x 12″ rustic, terracotta. This material has been produced by Mexican artisans and distributed internationally for decades.

 

Glazed Thin Brick

Though traditional Saltillo Tile has certainly been a reliable staple in the design world for years, Clay Imports, in collaboration with our Mexican partners, wanted to know, what is Saltillo Tile capable of being? This question has led Clay Imports to spearhead the development of Saltillo Tile into the world of designer shapes and color glazing. We are now able to apply a curated selection of ecologically sustainable glaze colors to the traditional, textured clay body. This process has resulted in one of the most beautiful products we have ever offered. We are pleased to introduce you to Glazed Thin Brick by Saltillo. This tile is not only beautiful and environmentally thoughtful, it contributes towards positive, international relationship building, designed in Austin, Hecho en Mexico. Thank you, Sister City. Muchas gracias, Saltillo.

Want to learn more about Glazed Thin Brick by Saltillo? Check out TheTilePress for a collection of beautiful production process pictures. The very talented Chase Daniel recently visited Saltillo with our Tile Scout. Together, they ventured the mountains of Coahuila, walked the streets of Saltillo and toured historic tile factories.

Classic Saltillo

The making of Saltillo Tile is pure craftsmanship born out of centuries of handcrafting native clay. Unglazed Saltillo Tiles are characterized by gold and red tones which enhance a pure, natural, and handmade look.

 

 

Celebrate Sister Cities!

We invite you to participate in the inauguration of #Saltillo Day 2017 in Austin, hosted by the City of Austin, Consulado General de México en Austin and Austin Sister Cities International ASCI.
Se les invita cordialmente a participar en el primer #SaltilloDay 2017 en Austin, organizado por el gobierno de la ciudad de Austin, Texas, el Consulado General de México en Austin y Ciudades Hermanas Internacional.

:::SATURDAY // SABADO:::
April 8 // 8 de Abril
1pm – 4pm
Outdoor Festival/Festival al Aire Libre
Live Music/Música en Vivo
Culinary Exhibition/Exhibicion Gastronómica
Plaza Saltillo

Interested in sponsoring this event? Contact the President of the Austin-Saltillo Sister Cities Association nick@clayimports.com, 512-653-4792. Gracias!

Join the Facebook Event for updates!

 

 

 

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Saltillo Day Austin

Don’t miss Saltillo Day Austin, an outdoor festival celebrating the sister city relationship between Austin and Saltillo!

 

Saltillo Day Austin

The City of Austin, the Consulate General of Mexico in  Austin and Austin Sister Cities International are hosting the inaugurate Saltillo Day. And Clay Imports is part of it!

Together we are bridging tech, community, music, art and culinary from Texas and Mexico.

Come all to Plaza Saltillo in East Austin and celebrate with us!

Saturday
April 8
1pm – 4pm

Join the Facebook Event for updates!

Interested in sponsoring this event? Contact the President of the Austin-Saltillo Sister Cities Association nick@clayimports.com, 512-653-4792. Gracias!

Sundays and Home Tours go together like two peas in a pod. The weather could not have been any more perfect!

9 homes, 9 designers, and endless amazing design ideas: tribeza interiors tour

Each house was so different and creative in its own way.

Canan and I kicked off the tour on the East Side at Patrice Rios’ Mueller Project. It was so perfect – and even more exciting to see our very own tile installed! Check out the article Dwell has published with pictures and details from the project!

Patrice has taken shipping containers and converted them into cozy and work friendly environments. Bright colors, beautiful tile, and honestly quite a bit of space for a container! Patrice has used our tile for a few containers, and every time she never ceases to amaze us with her beautiful design.

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Next stop on the tour – Christine Turknett!

As soon as we walked up, I melted over the cement tile on the front porch – but yes, I’m a total sucker for a groovy tile especially at an entry. Her home was inviting with a pop of pattern in all the right places – not too much, but this home was far from boring! In addition, Canan and loved getting a chance to catch up and chat with Christine – such a gracious host!

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Our next home was a house that I will always remember.

I have never seen a view from a home like this in Austin. Walking up to the Allison Burke designed home felt like I was in a treehouse. The huge oak tree in the middle of the deck with the home wrapping around it made the home feel like a treehouse. And me being a total girly girl, as soon as I walked in and saw the hot PINK kitchen, I about died. Ok, now back to the view – going up the stairs to the third floor, as soon as you reached the top, all of downtown Austin was in sight. The view was unreal – like an ideal place to enjoy a glass of wine after work.

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Every single room has an attention-grabbing piece of art that perfectly fits the color scheme of each room.

We stopped by the home designed by N.Y. Harte Designs, and as soon as I walked in I was immediately drawn to all of the art. Not only was the art beautiful, the little girls’ bedroom was absolutely precious. The detail that was included in every room was perfectly executed.

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Bunker Lee Residential was our next stop, and as I was walking up I was in saltillo heaven.

The front porch had a beautiful layout of saltillo tile surrounding a fireplace with the nicest seating area. I was surprised that this was the only home on the tour that we visited to have saltillo tile! The designers and architects planned the house, each nook, and cranny to perfection. The open concept and clean slate look were perfect for anyone to move into – single, couple or a family.

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The home designed by Suzy Page was exactly what we imagined.

Working with Suzy on past projects, we knew she had wonderful taste. This home was bright, grand and welcoming. The bright green wall at the entrance with the staircase was eye-catching, but as soon as we walked into the great room and kitchen, the brick facade had a warm and inviting feel. I’m not one to typically chose favorites, BUT there was a bathroom that I fell in love with. A blue patterned wallpaper, matte black hexagon floor, navy cabinets and fun lights above the sink just sent happy vibes to me!

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On Oakmont Blvd –Merrilee Mcgehee Design designed the most quaint and wonderful family home.

The size was PeRfEcT, the colors were sensory pleasing, the kitchen was inviting and every bedroom had such a nice feel. The childrens’ bedrooms were perfect for kids of any age. And although I am not sure the age of the kiddos, there was a note left it Clementines room on her whiteboard that read “Welcome to Clem’s room!” and it was the sweetest touch! The living room was a great mix of funky patterns with traditional features as well. I could easily see myself cozying up with a good book in this room!

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Tilton Fenwick literally threw me into pattern perfection.

We were able to make it to one more home before I was absolutely pooped. I have never seen so much amazing wallpaper in my life. I was so pleasantly surprised with every room that I walked into! The girls’ rooms upstairs are what every child dreams of for a bedroom or playroom. And I absolutely melted over all of the natural light in the living room and kitchen. Also, Canan and I peaked out at the outdoor kitchen, and our eyes went straight to the Talavera tile around the grill. Bright colorful patchwork Talavera tile was the perfect way to wrap up the #TRIBEZAinteriorstour

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This is for sure something that I will look forward to attending every year – I love everything about this tour!

The holidays are here, and there are always those few people who you have NO clue what to get them. We’ve got you covered – simple, beautiful, practical and won’t break the bank.
Here’s a little guide that has ideas for great gifts all year round!

1. Trevits or Cheese Plates – our cement tiles are perfect to set some cheese and crackers on, or for your hot pans! The patterns and colors choices are endless.

2. Coasters – who doesn’t like a nice set of coasters? Help your friends out from adding more rings on their wooden furniture. Believe me, they’ll thank you.

3. Planter – Any of our beautiful tiles can be made into a planter – we’ve got some already put together, or come on in and pick any tile. These planters will add some color and character to any room. We know everyone has a little green thumb in them.
(These also make great office supply holders!)

4. House Numbers – These might be the sharpest looking house numbers around. Make your family or friend look like the coolest cat on the block with these numbers. The wooden frame is handcrafted here in Austin, Texas – which is a huge plus! Help keep it local

5. Loteria – These Loteria tiles are FUN FUN FUN. Bring family and friends together and play a game with game boards and use the tiles as the calling cards.

Come by and see us! Or give us a call – we ship all over the country!