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Factory Tours

Welcome in! Our factories are for visiting, learning, and moving around in, at a human scale. From the original 1959 Sausalito dinnerware factory to our SF tile factory and Heath building, production is centered around Edith and Brian Heath's founding values: simplicity, frugality, and a sensitivity to the environment. Come visit us and see how we keep the wheel spinning!

See How We Make Things

Sausalito Dinnerware Factory Tour

The original. Among the houseboats and artist studios is the original 1959 factory, where our clay is made, and our dinnerware shapes are formed, glazed, trimmed and fired. We have a working tour each Friday, and weekend tours Saturday and Sunday.

Sausalito Tour Schedule

Tour sizes limited to 15 for weekend tours and 12 for the working tour, so advance RSVP is needed by selecting a day and time below. Please note a max of four reservations per party, walk-ins are welcome if there's room.

Friday at 11:15 AM
Saturday at 11:45 AM, 2:30PM
Sunday at 11:45 AM, 2:30PM

Important Note: When visiting our factories, you'll need to wear closed toe shoes, and provided safety glasses. Our general factory tours are appropriate for children 5 years and older with adult supervision. The tours are not suitable for smaller children held by an adult, as this is a working factory environment.


Clay making

Take a peek inside our clay making drum, and you’ll find Edith Heath’s proprietary clay formula mixing with water to form the clay mixture called “slip”. Before we do anything, we test this clay to be sure it’s up to snuff. We’ll also incorporate scrap trimmings from the factory floor, too.

San Francisco Tile Factory Tour

In the heart of San Francisco’s Northeast Mission neighborhood, and at the center of a creative campus that houses our Heath retail showroom, Tartine Manufactory, and viewing court area, is our tile factory. You can get a sneak peek of the workings from various points in the building, but you shouldn’t miss the full factory tour in person.

Weekday Factory Tour 1st & 3rd Fridays at 11:30 AM
Weekend Factory Tours Saturday & Sunday at 11:30 AM