The Heath Clay Studio
Where the future comes to life
The Heath Clay studio is a place of experimentation, exploration, and inspiration. It’s where our new designs – taking inspiration from our legacy – come to life. It’s where we evolve our shapes, glazes, design and making processes. It’s where we play, learn, and share.
Tung is the Heath Clay Studio director in San Francisco. With a career that spans graphic design and advertising in Hong Kong, studying furniture design at Art Center in Pasadena, and industrial design in San Francisco, Tung’s career has been an evolution from 2D to 3D, toward a fusion of thinking, designing and making. All along, he nurtured his long-standing interest in ceramics and built his skills as a potter, throwing pots late into the night whenever he could.
Tung works with our design and manufacturing teams on shapes, glazes, and processes, mentors the design team, and works on collaborations with artists near and far. In addition, he continues his own explorations, creating work that’s displayed and sold at Heath’s San Francisco showroom.
Join Tung in the Studio and you’ll find him surrounded by the inspirations, tools and outputs of his explorations. In the Studio, there’s no barrier between inspiration, thinking, designing and making: it’s a seamless process, where each practice informs the other almost imperceptibly. It’s the essence of what we do here at Heath and its what makes the Studio such an exciting place to be.
Part of the studio’s work are shows, where we showcase both product and process. Bringing people into the design exploration and making process is an important part of what we do here at Heath and the annual studio shows – called the Heath Design Series – are a great opportunity to bring the broader Heath community into the process.
Design Series 1: Between Hand and Machine, explored the design and creation of candleholders. Design Series 2: Between Form and Function, explores the multi-stem vase through shapes both familiar and new, and a deep exploration of green glazes.
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