Ask anybody who has held so much as a bud vase from Heath Ceramics about the pottery’s charms, and you’re likely to encounter the kind of adoration reserved for treasured family heirlooms. So great is the ubiquitous enthusiasm for Heath that one is left wondering if something more than pigment is baked into its signature glazes. Its popularity may stem from its timeless, unfussy quality—–a Heath piece looks equally at home alongside decor of any epoch. But more likely it is due to the fact that in an era dominated by the rise of machines, this small company has honed a homespun, handcrafted approach to stoneware that’s tangible in each tile, serving bowl, and pitcher that comes out of its Sausalito, California, kilns.
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- While down in LA for Dwell on Design this year I had a chance to stop into the Heath Ceramics LA shop to look around, check out the Playmountain show which is up now, and have…
- Ok, ok—so we here at Dwell are known for our unabashed love of all things Heath. But in our defense, they make it really difficult not to love them whenever they roll out new products.
- Heath Ceramics recently opened a factory and retail location in San Francisco and partnered with Blue Bottle Coffee to open a cafe inside of the 60,000-square-foot former industrial laundry.
- A peek inside March, one of San Francisco's most exquisite shops for kitchenware and accessories.
- Dwell and Sausalito–based Heath Ceramics have more than a few things in common. We're both design-focused Bay Area companies. We both have a dedication to modernism.
Stop by Heath Ceramics for an extraordinary show and sale of Japanese master potter Aikio Nukaga's hand-thrown vessels—featuring one-of-a-kind, fully functional cups, bowls, platters and flower vases. The opening reception is March 12, and Nukaga will be onsite on March 13 for a throwing demonstration.
Heath Ceramics “Open Studio” is offering visitors a chance to explore its fascinating history through guided tours and hands-on tile glazing opportunities. The tours will highlight Heath Ceramics unique handcrafting process with behind-the-scenes demonstrations and talks. Explore how clay is made and glazes are mixed and applied to clay. Watch or participate in the creation process. Discover how specific pieces are formed, and glaze a tile. Meet the owners. Everything in the Heath Ceramics factory store will be 20% off - including
seconds and custom tile orders. Modern Basics tile will be 15% off. In addition to standard dinnerware pieces, the factory will have limited run samples, prototypes and custom pieces by potter Adam Silverman. Handmade ceramic buttons and a small lot of one-of-a-kind tiles designed by founder Edith Heath in the 50s and 60s - proceeds of the special vintage items will benefit the Brian and Edith Heath Foundation.
Sale only: Friday, May 8: 10am to 7pm. Tour only: 12.30pm
Sale and Open Studio Saturday, May 9: 10am to 6pm
Sunday May 10: 11am to 6pm. Tours on the hour.
Historic pottery Heath Ceramics has unveiled two new colors for the soon-to-be released summer 2009 collection—Marigold Frost and Hibiscus Frost. The new colorway will appear on vases (seen here), serving bowls, and mugs. The collection will only be available for a limited time, from April 1st until supplies run out.