I received a gift recently. The best birthday gift I think I've ever received. A box of color. Astonishingly pure color. This color comes in the form of Heath Ceramics.
If you're not familiar with Heath, here's a little background. Edith Heath began producing stoneware ceramics in the 1940s in Northern California with the idea of making "simple, good things for good people." She produced ceramics with an exquisite level of craftsmanship that continues today. The company maintains that level of quality and craft, with particular attention paid to responsibility in production from the environment to their workers. They produce something that we should be proud to call American and in a way that we could learn from, especially in today's economy. Heath produces tableware and tile ceramics in Sausalito. They have retail stores in Sausalito and Los Angeles. Learn more about their history and offerings on their web site.
I've long admired the company and their products, but thought them a bit out of my reach, at this point in my life. These plates and bowls and serving pieces are the kind of thing I would want to build a shrine to house and admire them in, when not in use. But without so much as a dining room in our little house, they seemed a bit impractical for us now. Maybe one day.
But my husband surprised me with some pieces as the start of a collection for my birthday recently. Yes, best hubby of the year candidate, right here. I have been so blown away by them, I don't even know how to write about them. They have a special, knowing relationship with light that clearly goes way back. It will be a long, long time before I am able to adequately capture them with a camera, but oh how I will try. Here are just a few pieces to start, simple plates.
Their balance of aqua faces and chocolate brown undersides is delicious. So delicious that I think I could take nourishment from them just by looking, forget the food. I am awed. Thank you, thank you, thank you, G.
Here's a taste so you can see what I'm talking about.