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A Timeline of Heath

From our founding to our evolution from one studio to multiple factories, studios, and showrooms throughout California, here’s everything you wanted to know about Heath.

 

1948
Edith Heath starts Heath Ceramics. Her work quickly becomes known for its classic, functional shapes with a beautiful range of glazes.

1960
Designed in collaboration with Marquis & Stoller, the Heath factory in Sausalito opens, featuring an open floor plan with air and light.

1960s
Design meets function in Heath's Rim Line, which features an organic, exposed clay edge for serving and durability, ideal for Heath's growing restaurant roster.

1969
Heath begins exploring tile and its function as a building material.

2003
Catherine Bailey and Robin Petravic buy Heath Ceramics from the Heath trust.
Creative Director Catherine Bailey's first design, the Large Mug, was an instant classic.

2006
The Cafe Bowl debuts, a part of the dinnerware collaboration with Christina Kim and Alice Waters of Chez Panisse.

2007
Heath wins the Henry award from the California Museum of Design.
With Heath’s iconic bud vase as inspiration, Heath introduces a line of new vase shapes.

2008
Heath opens a showroom and clay studio in Los Angeles.
Heath wins Bon Appetit’s Designer of the Year award.

2010
Heath opens a showroom in San Francisco’s Ferry Building.

2011
Heath collaborates with Alabama Chanin to create a new etched pattern, a re-imagining of the intersection of stitch and clay.

2012
House Industries begins a range of collaborations with Heath, from house numbers to clocks.
Heath's San Francisco showroom opens in the Mission District. 

2013
The San Francisco tile factory comes online.
The first event is held in the Boiler Room, a space for community, collections and collaboration.

2015
Heath Ceramics is named the recipient of the National Design Award for Corporate and Institutional Achievement given by the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.
Robin and Catherine authored Tile Makes The Room, which explores tile’s role in good design.

  

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