Make and Shop Local: Heath Ceramics, San Francisco, CA, USA

Heath Ceramics is an American company that designs, manufactures, and retails goods for tabletop and home, best known for handcrafted ceramic tableware and architectural tile in distinct

Heath Ceramics is an American company that designs, manufactures, and retails goods for tabletop and home, best known for handcrafted ceramic tableware and architectural tile in distinctive glazes, San Francisco, CA, USA

 

One afternoon in San Francisco we played tourists with some friends in our home region, heading from the ship at Pier 35 on the Embarcadero (near Fisherman’s Wharf, the popular tourist mecca) to Union Square for some browsing and shopping.  We then got a lift to the Mission District, south of Market Street where our destination was a relatively new redevelopment site – the Heath Buliding that opened in 2012 comprising the flagship San Francisco store for Heath Ceramics and the company’s clay studio, in the same former factory building with the new Heath tile factory.  In the retail store (see photographs, below) there is a wide array of all Heath products: dinnerware, tableware, tile, and excellent designs for the tabletop and home.  Alongside, in August 2015, the very popular (and world famous) San Francisco bakery, Tartine Bakery & Cafe, opened a new major bakery and restaurant – Tartine Manufactory — in the corner of the Heath Building (where we had a delicious lunch; see our next blog post).

 

Traditional Heath designed and mafufactured table ware, Heath Ceramics, San Francisco, CA, USA

Traditional Heath designed and manufactured table ware, Heath Ceramics, San Francisco, CA, USA

 

In addition to the muted earth tones which were popular early on, table ware is also made with bright colored glazes, Heath Ceramics, San Francisco, CA, USA

In addition to the muted earth tones that were popular early on, tableware is also made with bright colored glazes, Heath Ceramics, San Francisco, CA, USA

 

“Heath Ceramics is an American company that designs, manufactures, and retails goods for tabletop and home, and is best known for handcrafted ceramic tableware and architectural tile in distinctive glazes.  Founded in Sausalito, California by Edith Heath (1911–2005) and her husband Brian Heath (1911–2001) in 1948, Heath Ceramics is now owned and run by Catherine Bailey and Robin Petravic, who purchased the company in 2003.  Heath has two manufacturing facilities: its original dinnerware factory in Sausalito (built in 1959), and a tile factory (established in 2012) in the Heath Building in San Francisco.  Heath sells directly through its stores and its own website, having discontinued its wholesale business in early 2015… Heath has won numerous awards for design, and in 2015 received the National Design Award for Institutional Achievement, awarded by the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, in recognition of Heath’s commitment to business by design.” —Wikipedia

 

A display table setting showcasing a variety of tableware products, Heath Ceramics, San Francisco, CA, USA

A display table setting showcasing a variety of tableware products, Heath Ceramics, San Francisco, CA, USA

 

We recently received a gift from a friend of one of these beautiful baby blue single flower vases, Heath Ceramics, San Francisco, CA, USA

We recently received a gift from a friend of one of these beautiful baby blue single flower vases, Heath Ceramics, San Francisco, CA, USA

 

A rainbow of colors, Heath Ceramics, San Francisco, CA, USA--

A rainbow of colors, Heath Ceramics, San Francisco, CA, USA

 

One of the newer vase designs, Heath Ceramics, San Francisco, CA, USA

One of the newer vase designs, Heath Ceramics, San Francisco, CA, USA

 

A tile oven in the factory portion of the Heath Building where the company now manufactures all of its decorative tiles; note that the tableware products (including all of those in the p

A tile oven in the factory portion of the Heath Building where the company now manufactures all of its decorative tiles; note that the tableware products (including all of those in the photographs, above) continue to be manufactured in Sausalito, CA; Heath Ceramics, San Francisco, CA, USA

 

Legal Notices: All photographs copyright © 2017 by Richard C. Edwards. All Rights Reserved Worldwide. Permission to link to this blog post is granted for educational and non-commercial purposes only.

 

 

2 thoughts on “Make and Shop Local: Heath Ceramics, San Francisco, CA, USA

  1. Thanks/ We have not gone to the new facility. Our original Heath is all brown (a bit dated). I was thinking the large serving piece we have with poppy design would make a nice Museum presentation gift. The glass .poppy bowl is now franchised I think.

    Have not managed Tartine. Lines always daunting. Katherine

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