There’s a soft spot in my heart for Heath tableware.
Heath tableware was incredibly popular in California, where I grew up, especially their stoneware. I came to appreciate the early concept of their “wiped rims” — where the color of the clay is exposed by removing glaze — after I took pottery classes in college at UCLA during my art studies. Apart from admiring Heath’s quintessential mid-century tile that Heath manufactures, I hadn’t thought much about it until an email showed up in my inbox.
Attached were shots of pieces with hand-dipped glazes that the current owners, Robin Petravic and Catherine Bailey created.The combination is called “Ocean Pacific” (in the Plaza range) and the aqua and “zest” glazes create a third color where they overlap. The vibrant color grabbed me in a way that Heath’s more traditional earth tones never have. These would would add amazing color to any kitchen or table and I would adore them as accessories in a room with lavender walls.
Heath has been a venerable name in pottery since mid-1940s when the company was founded by Edith Heath, who died in 2005. The new owners are continuing her tradition from their base in Sausalito. It’s wonderful to see the continuum of a great 20th century ceramic aesthetic.
(Source: Heath Ceramics)
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