Ceramics are sometimes overlooked in the contemporary design world, so we would like to turn the spotlight on a company dedicated to sustainable pottery practices in our modern technological world. For over sixty years, Heath Ceramics, a local, privately owned pottery manufactory in Sausalito, California, has been passionate about creating durable and beautiful ceramics that endure generations of use and ever-changing stylistic trends. Producing designs ranging from colorful dinnerware sets to sleek architectural tiles, the team at Heath Ceramics responds and enhances “the way people eat, live and connect.” Their socially responsible wares are conceived of and executed under the ideology that their designs will improve the life of those who buy their creations.
Many of Heath Ceramics‘ products, including their iconic stoneware teapot, were designed in the 1940s and continue to be produced today under the same design methods and manufacturing processes. Mining from a local clay bed in Ione, California, outside of Sacramento, potters work with local materials as they did over sixty years ago. Still, every season a new collection of glazes, forms and styles is developed in harmony with their existing wares while maintaining a superior quality of craftsmanship. Their talented team of designers and craftsmen, like Winifred Crittenden who has been developing the company’s brilliant glazes since 1948, work closely with materials while constantly keeping the user in mind.
Not only are the products refined and long-lasting, but their design practices promote a work environment that supports job creativity, quality of life, positive collaboration and pride in their production. The team maintains that their prices are fair and honest—reflecting the true cost of quality materials combined with fair compensation for their employees. Just like the fair trade market, the middleman is removed; so, when you buy from Heath Ceramics, you are purchasing directly from the hands that molded the item you purchase. The success of Heath Ceramics was achieved through creative ambition and responsible American manufacturing. The Summer Seasonal Collection is available now through October 1, 2012 and we anxiously await their next vibrant collection!