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The American Edit

August 2014

The American Edit

August 2014

Heath Ceramics: San Francisco Tile Factory

The Heath Studio serves as a creative space to explore what Heath is and what it can be. The studio is self sufficient but set within the factory to increase interaction between the artistic, manufacturing, and selling processes. Heath is a perfect example of an end-to-end and wholly vertical process – there is no distance between making and selling.

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The American Edit

Afar

August 2014

Afar

August 2014

San Francisco's New Design Stars

The center of the city’s craft movement, I had been told, was here, at the Heath Ceramics complex. Heath co-owners Cathy Bailey and her husband, Robin Petravic, had converted a former industrial laundry into a kind of modern makers’ dream—a collection of light-filled studios, including Culbertson and Tucker’s, set around the vast and airy tile factory. Bailey, a former designer, and Petravic had bought the struggling Heath Ceramics company in 2003 and quickly transformed it, preserving the firm’s high-quality, small-batch ethos and rustic aesthetic—matte-glazed dinnerware with a raw edge—while expanding its range.

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    Afar

    Cherry Bombe

    Fall 2013

    Cherry Bombe

    Fall 2013

    Cherry Bombe is a beautifully designed biannual magazine that celebrates women and food—those who grow it, make it, serve it, style it, enjoy it and everything in between.

    There are plenty of examples of new owners buying a venerable but faded name, strip-mining it for a logo and a backstory, and tossing the rest. Bailey and Petravic took the opposite track, slowly and deliberately rebuilding the business while safeguarding its essentials: the local, the handmade, the craft, the beauty that comes from thoughtful, functional design.

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    Cherry Bombe

    TRNK New York City

    November 2013

    TRNK New York City

    November 2013

    Interview with Robin Petravic, Co-Owner of Heath Ceramics

    The new Heath Ceramics headquarters, located in San Francisco’s Mission District, redefines the meaning of ‘concept store.’ Located on the ground level of a converted warehouse space, visitors can shop Heath’s entire collection of ceramic housewares, while sipping on Blue Bottle coffee, or lounging in one of the store’s lovely seating areas.

    We toured the new Heath studios with Robin, and sat down to talk inspiration, motivation and the balancing act between heritage and progress.

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    TRNK New York City

    San Francisco Chronicle

    November 2013

    San Francisco Chronicle

    November 2013

    New owners mold revamped firm from same classic clay

    A little over a decade ago, Catherine Bailey and Robin Petravic stumbled upon a rundown factory while driving near the Sausalito marina.

    Within a year, they had bought the business from 93-year-old founder Edith Heath, and were on their way toward turning the artisan stoneware company into a profitable venture.

    Now, 10 years later, the couple have shifted from wholesale to retail, with curated showrooms in three locations, one of them a new 60,000-square-foot facility on the eastern edge of the Mission.

    Peek into their business and home life in 2 articles from the San Francisco Chronicle.

     

    read "Sausalito home design leaves room for creativity"
    read "New owners mold revamped firm from same classic clay"

     

     

    San Francisco Chronicle

    Monocle

    February 2013

    Monocle

    February 2013

    How To...Bring Manufacturing Into the City

    Edith Heath founded Heath Ceramics in 1948 in Sausalito, California. Robin Petravic and Catherine Bailey bought the company in 2004 with a goal to preserve its original creed and expand it sensitively and organically into a sustainable business. Following successful expansion the couple transferred their tile production to a former industrial laundry factory in the heart of San Francisco's Mission district, which opened together with a new retail space in June 2012.

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    Monocle

    The Bold Italic

    February 2013

    The Bold Italic

    February 2013

    Behind the Scenes at Heath Ceramics
    Alanna Hale explores the iconic tile and tableware company's Mission campus

    It’s hard to imagine a diner in San Francisco who has not encountered the work of Heath Ceramics. Be it the slight grit of a textured plate, a glossy tile, or those unmistakable neutral colors, Heath pieces are both coveted and iconic. The company’s products are featured prominently in our collective restaurant tablescape and proudly displayed far beyond the Bay Area in design-savvy homes.

    Initially founded in 1948 by Edith Heath, the Sausalito-based Heath Ceramics recently expanded to the Mission this past summer, transforming a shuttered commercial linen laundry space into a dreamy, multipurpose nexus of local artists, Heath products, and forward-thinking design.


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    The Bold Italic

    Atlas Quarterly

    2012 Premiere Issue

    Atlas Quarterly

    2012 Premiere Issue

    Steady Handed Heath

    Our premiere issue was a tour of a few of the culture changers in the American craft community, including features on Heath Ceramics’ continued success creating pottery, pioneering brothers and chocolate makers Rick and Michael Mast, and dedicated Seattle shirtmakers Tarboo. Every issue contained a different page from the original 1957 atlas which initially inspired the magazine.

     

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    Atlas Quarterly

    7x7 San Francisco

    November 2012

    7x7 San Francisco

    November 2012

    There's even more to Heath Ceramics' new Mission outpost than great cult coffee.

    A new coffee kiosk hardly makes a drop in San Francisco's well-caffeinated pool of options, but when legendary design house Heath Ceramics partnered with beloved Blue Bottle Coffee, it gave us serious jitters.

    But, of course, the new location is much more than just a showcase for artful lattes—even if they are served in glorious handcrafted mugs.

     

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    7x7 San Francisco

    San Francisco Magazine

    November 2012

    San Francisco Magazine

    November 2012

    Heath Ceramics Gets Fired Up

    Heath Ceramics expands into the city with a new tile factory in the heart of the Mission district.

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    San Francisco Magazine

    California Home + Design

    September 2012

    California Home + Design

    September 2012

    Industrial Age

    Heath Ceramics' new San Francisco factory location is far more than just a manufacturing outpost. In addition to its own celebrated tile and dinnerware lines, the adjacent showroom stocks books and accessories and is outfitted with a tile inspiration wall, a demonstration kitchen, a gallery space and, for some extra buzz, a Blue Bottle Coffee cafe.

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    California Home + Design

    New York Times T Magazine

    June 2012

    New York Times T Magazine

    June 2012

    Heath Crosses the Bridge

    Heath’s husband-and-wife owners, Robin Petravic and Catherine Bailey, were faced with a good news-bad news scenario in Sausalito: families were arriving on weekends to check out the factory and shop, but the existing space couldn’t accommodate either the numbers of visitors or the programs that Bailey and Petravic wanted to offer to make people feel more connected to the process of production.

    “What we loved about opening the factory in Sausalito [to visitors] was that people told us they’d never thought about how the plates were made,” Petravic explained. (Although the tile factory is moving to San Francisco, the Sausalito factory will continue to produce dinnerware.) And Heath’s San Francisco location in a former industrial neighborhood reinforces that connection. As Bailey said, people “want to know how things are made. They want to see tangible things — there’s less and less of that today.”

     

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    New York Times T Magazine

    Elle Decoration UK

    February 2012

    Elle Decoration UK

    February 2012

    Earth Tones

    San Francisco-based Heath Ceramics and textile designer Natalie Chanin have created this gorgeously textural new 'Alabama Chanin' dinnerware collection, with a delicate etched rosebud pattern.

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    Elle Decoration UK

    LA Times Magazine

    November 2011

    LA Times Magazine

    November 2011

    Artist and designer Geoff McFetridge adds ceramics to his ever-expanding media mix.

    Geoff McFetridge would seem an unlikely candidate to undertake a collaboration with the 63-year-old California pottery concern Heath Ceramics. The artist’s crisp, graphic style and signature drawings—which he applies to everything from skateboard decks and film animation to clothing and corporate ads—appear far removed from the crafty-earthy ethos of both Heath and the artists typically invited to exhibit in the Los Angeles showroom. That improbability, however, makes the prospect of a meeting of the minds all the more intriguing.

    “Heath has never done anything with imagery before—just shape and color,” says Adam Silverman, its L.A. studio director and a friend of McFetridge. “Geoff is incredibly facile working in two dimensions, like silkscreening and printmaking. We wanted to facilitate his move into another material.”

     

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    LA Times Magazine

    New York Times T Magazine

    November 2011

    New York Times T Magazine

    November 2011

    Table Dressing
    Natalie Chanin dishes with Heath

    Two great tastes don't always taste great together. The same can be true for design collaborations. Heath Ceramics are beautiful. Alabama Chanin textiles are beautiful. Their respective designers, Catherine Bailey and Natalie Chanin, are friends. But could the twain meet?

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    New York Times T Magazine

    California Home + Design

    July 2011

    California Home + Design

    July 2011

    Kitchen + Bath

    California kitchens and baths that feature our Modern Basics tile, and overstock tile.

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    California Home + Design

    Luxe

    July 2011

    Luxe

    July 2011

    Sunny Forecast

    Inspired by shades of summer, Heath's yellow Spun Vases get their interesting texture from an etching tool lightly applied to the vases' top layer of glaze as the spin.


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    Luxe

    Sunset

    March 2011

    Sunset

    March 2011

    Bathing Beauty

    Features the bathroom in a Las Vegas mid-century house with an impressive installation of dimensional tile.


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    Sunset

    Luxe

    April 2011

    Luxe

    April 2011

    Bespoke
    Born in the USA

    Whether creating hardware and ceramics or furniture and fabric, these four American companies represent a legacy of homegrown craftsmanship and quality.

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    Luxe

    World of Interiors

    March 2011

    World of Interiors

    March 2011

    Antennae
    What's in the air this month

    Who better than Heath Ceramics to make clay house numbers using the 'Eames Century Modern' and 'Nuetraface' typefaces developed by House Industries a decade ago.

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    World of Interiors

    Wallpaper

    January 2011

    Wallpaper

    January 2011

    Born Again
    Modernist Signage

    Features Heath Ceramics and House Industries House Numbers.


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    Wallpaper

    The New York Times

    January 2011

    The New York Times

    January 2011

    House Numbers Inspired by the Eameses

    The Eames Century Modern typeface, designed by type foundry House Industries, was the result of a decade of research in the archives at the Eames House in Los Angeles, Herman Miller in Michigan, Vitra in Germany and the Library of Congress, and interviews with family and employees. "We took all those little details and wove this typographic quilt that points to them historically," said Andy Cruz, the company's art director and a founder.


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    The New York Times

    Anthology

    Winter 2011

    Anthology

    Winter 2011

    Classic Craftsmanship

    When Robin & Cathy first purchased Heath seven years ago, people would often walk into the factory and wander around on their own. So the couple decided to offer official tours to the public. "Most people's experience of a product rarely goes the box on a store shelf." Robin explains, "But we like to invite people to see the process behind it. It's so cool."


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    Anthology

    Monocle

    November 2010

    Monocle

    November 2010

    Pot Luck

    The interplay between the home and Heath is striking, right down to the colours Bailey chooses for new Heath designs. "I'll think, yes, that's how we just painted the wall in our house," says Petravic. "There are no accidents there. It's all connected."


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    Monocle

    Dwell

    September 2010

    Dwell

    September 2010

    Factory Direct

    "There are few places where you have this amazing studio and factory a couple hundred yards from the bay. Our workers can sit by the window — feel the sunlight, hear when the seagulls fly by — while they are making pottery. It's great."


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    Dwell

    7x7

    June 2010

    7x7

    June 2010

    The Traditionalists

    Known for its craftsmanship, Heath adorns the tables at Chez Panisse and Slanted Door and was a finalist at the Smithsonian's Cooper Hewitt National Design Awards in 2009.../fileadmin/heath/documents/heath-11-4-luxe.pdf


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    7x7

    Wallpaper

    March 2009

    Wallpaper

    March 2009

    Happy Glaze

    While the opening of Heath Los Angeles coincided with reports of a global recession, there is a lot to suggest the company is in tune with the current mood of frugality and restraint.


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    Wallpaper

    The New York Times

    April 2009

    The New York Times

    April 2009

    A Label of Pride That Pays

    It would seem at first glance that little has changed at Heath's dusty, 30,000 square foot factory — the tableware and tile are made in the same sustainable, labor-intensive way that they always have been. Some lines like the Coupe pattern have been in constant production since 1948. But change has come with the need to make manufacturing more efficient, cater to a current design aesthetic and respond with agility to the economic downturn.


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    The New York Times

    New York Times T Magazine

    September 2008

    New York Times T Magazine

    September 2008

    Home Team

    "Primarily we are looking for companies or individuals that make things because they love it and their business was generated from that" says Robin Petravic who, along with his wife Catherine Bailey, purchased the company in 2003 from its ailing 90-something founder, the ceramicist Edith Heath, who died two years later.


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    New York Times T Magazine

    American Craft

    February 2008

    American Craft

    February 2008

    Building Bridges

    Heath Ceramics, founded in 1944, grew into an unconventional amalgam of craft, design and manufacturing, and has gone on to become one of the most celebrated, slighted and generally misunderstood workshops to emerge from California's studio pottery movement.


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    American Craft

    Sunset

    April 2007

    Sunset

    April 2007

    Cottage Comeback

    Attracted to the simple beauty of functional items, the couple (Robin & Cathy) brought a similar aesthetic to their home. "We're drawn to houses and objects with history and purpose."


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    Sunset

    Dwell

    July 2006

    Dwell

    July 2006

    Breaking the Mold

    Edith Heath helped put California on the map — imbuing pottery with the mellow tones of mid-century modernism that was so prevalent at the time. Despite her death in 2005, her legacy is firmly intact, and her influence on the worlds of architecture and design is as evident today as it was in the '60s.


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    Dwell

    ID Magazine

    May 2006

    ID Magazine

    May 2006

    Edith Heath

    Edith Heath was both a designer and entrepreneur at a time when the vast majority of women were neither.  Along with Eva Zeisel, Ray Eames, and Florence Knoll, she proved women designers could be hugely influential on the domestic front (and beyond that when given the chance).


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    ID Magazine

    Elle Decor

    April 2005

    Elle Decor

    April 2005

    Who's Now

    Catherine Bailey and Robin Petravic, who once developed products for the likes of Motorola and Nike, swapped high-tech for handcrafted when they took over California pottery Heath Ceramics.


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    Elle Decor

    ReadyMade

    March 2004

    ReadyMade

    March 2004

    Tableware for Two

    "There's a confidence that comes from having worked together," Cathy says. "After nailing down a business plan, nailing down funding, and remodeling a company that embodies American tradition, you know how to work things out with each other."


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    ReadyMade

    San Francisco Chronicle

    February 2004

    San Francisco Chronicle

    February 2004

    Home is Where the Heath Is

    A Bay Area pottery tradition continues under new ownership.


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    San Francisco Chronicle
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