Kim Lewis Designs always create meaningful spaces. And Kim’s 560 square feet colorful home in East Austin is no exception. Travel is what inspires most of the interiors of this tiny house. Inspired by desert landscape, she chose the backsplash tile carefully: the handcrafted Catalonia cement tile has been handcrafted in Marrakesh, Morocco and sourced locally from Clay Imports.
The Nickerson project by Moontower Design Build, Hugh Jefferson Randolph Architects and of course homeowner Melanie Clapp is one of our favorite projects EVER. Mostly because the 1920s South Austin Bungalow features quite some of our tile, but more importantly because everyone was just so amazing to work with.
Read about the transformation of the space on Houzz.
Austin Monthly magazine has opened the polls for Best of ATX! If you like what we do here at Clay Imports on North Lamar, please consider nominating Clay Imports for a recognition as one of Austin’s top shopping and services experiences when it comes to home decor. We have a lot of competition in this awesome city, but we’d love to get a shot. Thank you all for your support <3
Nominate until 5/31 @ 11:59pm Central here.
Big thanks to @mattiesaustin for the review
Clay Imports is the mastermind behind several of Austin’s greatest tile designs. Disclaimer: we could be just a little bit biased, they did all of the black and white tile on our back patio and we lobe every inch of it. #wehavethisthingwithtiles #design
Cement versus Clay tile, review by @barrettflooringdesign :
Our friends at @clayimports are offering a lot of popular encaustic styles in a fired clay version.
Upsides to the cement version : great texture, durability, matte patina, non-slip
Upsides to the clay versions : No need to seal, can clean with traditional cleaners, 3/8″ thickness so no transition issues
So…..cement or clay? You choose!
***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 email@example.com
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!
at Lewis Carnegie
1312 B East Cesar Chavez
Austin, Texas 78702
With excellent brews by Austin Beerworks
Austin is known for its unique design and eclectic art. We think it’s about time to start collaborating with our city’s creatives for the purpose of bringing fresh ideas and local concepts to the tile industry.
We are pleased to introduce you to our first collaborative, artist tile line. Join CLAY IMPORTS and AYSE DESIGN for the release of the GEOMETRIC SERIES, designed in Austin, handmade in Guanajuato. Industry professionals are invited to the studio for an afternoon of tile talk, margaritas and botanas.
May 10, 2017
at the Clay Imports Studio
12024 N Lamar Blvd
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.
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
Interested in sponsoring this event? Contact the President of the Austin-Saltillo Sister Cities Association firstname.lastname@example.org, 512-653-4792. Gracias!
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We have all heard the term Encaustic in relation to cement tile, but what does it actually mean? Below is a brief article our Tile Scout did with the Austin American Statesman on this very subject. Nick has travelled the world visiting cement tile factories and is very familiar with the production process. Follow This link to the actual article.
Big thanks to David Wilfong for the write up.
Tuesday, Jun 7, 2016 @ 3:29pm
By David Wilfong
Encaustic tiles are a very ornate and diverse covering that has been a favorite aesthetic element in architecture for centuries.
The origins of the style go back to southern France more than 210 years ago, and it’s a bit of a motif with a misnomer.
“These tiles are very commonly referred to as ‘cement encaustic tiles,’ but they are, by definition, absolutely not encaustic,” said Nick Barreiro of Clay Imports at 12024 N. Lamar Blvd. in Austin. “ ‘Encaustic’ is a wax-based application to metal plates to create a certain aesthetic on oil-based paintings. It’s like an inlay of wax on a painting.
“These are just cement, so a lot of people tend to think the colors are embedded into the surface through the surface, but they’re not. They’re all actually poured in place, so the more accurate description would be ‘cement-poured tiles.’ ”
The primary ingredients are Portland cement and sand, and natural pigments to color the cement. There’s no “firing” in the production process, as the tiles are layered and compressed at 18,000 psi, usually with a hydraulic press, then soaked in water for two days. As a result, these tiles have almost no “off-gassing” and are incredibly environmentally friendly.
Below is an excellent visual example of the pouring referenced above from our friends at Karo Istanbul.