Edith Heath: A Life in Clay, will be on view at the Oakland Museum of California from January 29, 2022 through October 30, 2022. Guest curator Jennifer Volland has collaborated with OMCA Curator of Photography and Visual Culture, Drew Johnson, to create this inspiring retrospective of Edith Heath’s work, life, and design philosophy.
Edith Heath transformed our notion of ‘good design,’ pioneering a new aesthetic of natural, stylish yet functional products made from local materials and designed to endure.
The exhibition will explore Edith Heath’s legacy through early hand-thrown and production pieces, architectural tiles, clay and mineral materials, photographs, video, letters, and interactive objects. Heath’s scientific exploration of ceramics began with the desire to create beautiful, durable pieces, employing a form and style that became classic and timeless—as celebrated today as when it first emerged.
Purchase tickets for the exhibition and learn more about Edith Heath in this documentary produced as part of California public media on arts and culture.
Edith Heath: Philosophies
We are excited to share a new comprehensive review of Edith’s philosophical foundations and influences published by the Environmental Design Archives, University of California Berkeley. This book features a visually dynamic historical timeline of Heath’s life and career, a history of products and dinnerware glazes, and a collection of essays contributed by historians and designers. All told with more than 340 rarely seen photographs and documents. Edith Heath's vision permeates everything we do and have done since she started the company in 1948. Join us in celebrating the legacy of our founder and one of the most important figures of postwar design history.