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Heath Ceramics State of Mind

July 16, 2014

We were thrilled to have the chance to stop by Heath Ceramics on 18th St in San Francisco this weekend! The store is filled with ceramics of every shape and size. The consistency of honest quality and superb coloring is sensed immediately. Edith and Brian Heath originally started Heath Ceramics with the belief that the most important part of their work was to produce beauty in simple everyday objects. As they state in their book Heath Ceramics – The Complexity of Simplicity “I like things that are easy – soft shapes that are more like a folk dance…the American way of life…people are much more easy going, more humane, and less concerned with status.  In other words, I was trying to do something that was more egalitarian rather than aristocratic.” – Edith Heath, on designing for a new way of living (pp. 50-51). Catherine Bailey and Rolin Petravic continue Heath’s legacy today with the same quality and care that has exemplified the company. 

“The honesty of both the pottery and the patina of atmosphere warmly embraced the factory.” About the curving walls of the Pasadena Art Museum, now The Norton Simon Collection. 

Image courtesy of Heath Ceramics – The Complexity of Simplicity pp. 121. 

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