Our collaboration plates and dishes are a daily treasure in my home. My daughter sighs, “I want to eat on the star plate this morning.” “Star plate for a star student,” I reply.
HEATH was founded in 1948 by Edith Heath. “She was a talented ceramicist with a great respect for craft and material, and a strong point of view on the product that her company would make — simple, good things for good people.” Over 65 years later, the company is still dedicated to that same simple, functional (and beautiful) line of products.
My friends Cathy and Robin took over in 2003 and will soon be celebrating a decade at the helm of this company with an amazing history.
Dinnerware and tile are staple products under the Heath Ceramics name, but visit their website or store front and you will find an array of merchandise and collaborations in textiles, home accessories, glassware, and more.
Part of the Heath legacy is built on their ability to create durable, timeless designs with a dedication to responsible practices. By integrating new colors and styles to complement existing collections, they aim to add longevity to their products – not to replace them. (Some of their products have been in production for 60+ years.) Leading by example, they strive to set a new standard for US manufacturing with an ongoing commitment to recycling everything from water to glaze to unfired clay. Energy efficiency is also on their list of priorities with ongoing efforts to decrease gas consumption through higher capacity kilns, lower temperatures, and fewer firings.
On March 16th, the Alabama Chanin team will be traveling to California to host our first One-Day Retreat at Heath Ceramics’ Los Angeles store front. A trunk show of the Alabama Chanin collections will take place from Friday through Sunday and look for a special conversation between Cathy, Robin, and Natalie as they celebrate the launch of a new pattern for the Alabama Chanin/HEATH collection. We are excited to celebrate this new chapter in our partnership.
Thanks to HEATH Ceramics for photos of their Los Angeles store front: Photographer Corey Miller.