Don Petty - The Glass Guru
On surf trips to La Libertad we found natural beauty and perfect waves to guide our passion for sculpture and form. Art is a state of mind nurtured by adventures and good times. Play is a serious endeavor in the artist’s work.
Jon Stokesbury - The Ceramic Genius
Quickly outgrowing the shop on Cleveland St. in Oceanside, we expanded to a funky factory down Coast Highway in Carlsbad. The old barrio WWII era buildings were perfect for a glass production line. With homegrown equipment and a salvaged conveyor oven (lehr), the founders could feel the swell picking up. The housing economy, product desirability and design trends all lined up to produce a perfect storm that propelled the team from a small shop to a more sophisticated enterprise. In 2001 with a continued commitment to innovate, the company bought a much larger building in Carlsbad and outfitted a new manufacturing facility with state of the art equipment.
Long before the words “green building” were commonly used, Oceanside was up-cycling Corona bottles into high end tiles destined for beautiful homes. This plentiful raw material was and still is our primary glass ingredient.
Boyce Lundstrum - The Mad Scientist
As the market matured and Oceanside wasn’t the only surfer attempting to ride these powerful waves, we faced some important long-term decisions. After 12 plus years of intense work creating a solid product category in our industry, we embraced the opportunity to dominate the high-end glass market and again built a larger factory across the border in Baja California.
The lessons of change and agility were not lost on us as the economy stood still during the radical recession that disrupted so many lives and businesses. We remained true to our vision of tile, art and glass despite pressure from all sides. In 2016, the world of art glass appeared to be the verge of collapse. Renown manufacturers Spectrum Glass and Uroboros Glass announce closure resulting in devastation to the art glass community (including Oceanside Glass & Tile who utilized their glass in many product lines). So with fearless creativity and a hunger to keep art glass alive Oceanside Glass & Tile made a phone call that would change the history of art glass forever ...
Our move down to Mexico was more than the next chapter, it defined a paradigm shift towards disciplined, world class manufacturing and reinforced the company values that had been the foundation of our success. We became more focused on community philanthropy and sustainability and our favorite tacos.