{road trippin' p.two: heath ceramics...}

part two and day two of our road trip up north took us to the heath ceramics studio in saulsalito - a little idyllic artist town that is nestled in the hills along the water right outside of san francisco. i have long been a fan of this timeless tableware and company founded by ceramist, edith heath, in 1948. i was excited that our already busy day allowed for a quick trip to the original studio where the tableware is still produced today.  above you can see the door leading to the studio, a few pieces that went home with me (the coffee mugs were a surprise gift from my girlfriend (thank you again, joann!)), and a communal area of the artists' studio.






as you can see from the photos above, the tableware is simple and modern in design, and offered in very muted, earthy colorways. the patterns (or lack thereof) and design make these pieces timeless and quintessential mid-century modern. to this day, i still kick myself for not including heath ceramics on our wedding registry. for now, i will have to patiently collect a complete set over time as these pieces do not come cheap. though, i suppose the timeless design and investment in quality are what make heath ceramics worthy collectibles. while visiting the sausalito studio, i did learn that the studio does offer what they call firsts, seconds, and thirds. firsts will include pieces with no potter flaws, seconds will have a tiny blemish sometimes not immediately noticeable, and thirds will have a tiny, noticeable flaw, with prices accordingly adjusted. 

do you guys collect anything?


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  1. Beautiful shots T! Sounds like such a fun trip. Ever since I found Astier de Villatte in Paris earlier this year I've been inspired to collect piece by piece. It'll be a very slow collection to form, but fun:)

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  2. Oh I love Heath ceramics!  Love their tiles as well. Have to admit I am a little envious that you got to visit the studio. Glad you were able to bring some beautiful pieces home. Where did you get those flowers? I have been looking for similar ones for a long time but can never find them. Btw. what are they called again? Hmmm, what do I collect? Definitely have to say chairs and the dinner ware set Bunte Blätter by Rosenthal. I was able to scoop up most of the set up for cheap on Ebay so far, as it is not produced anymore.

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  3. What a great space and your purchase/gifts are so pretty. The vase is such a lovely duck egg blue. It reminds me of a sake set we got for our wedding in the same colour.

    I just love simple crockery - no fuss, frills or patterns for me!

    I'm not much of a collector, though - there are far too many lovely things out there to be had!
    Case in point: I've amassed a small "collection" of Le Creuset in cerise and now I've decided that I want it in granite instead. See what I mean? :D

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  4. do they go in the dishwasher?  important family factor.  lovely ceramics.  also i really like the artists room.  looks like a great place to work.  joy to you, n

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  5. Oh, yea, the Astier de Villatte collection is so beautiful; Definitely a worthy collection. Happy you were able to pick some pieces on your trip to Paris. Lucky! ;)

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  6. Yay, a Heath fan. I actually purchased the Billy Balls (or Craspedia) from a local right down the street from my house. Erin has mentioned that she also has a hard time finding them, which is so odd because they seem to be very popular.
    The Bunte Blatter set is very nice. What a great idea to pick up pieces on Ebay. I always forget to look to Ebay when I'm needing something. You've proven it's a great resource, so I need to remind myself. 

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  7. Ugh, Chi, I'm the same way. For instance, I have these these molded wood dining chairs in a deep red and I wish they were black now. Every time I look at them, I wonder if I can sand them down and repaint them. (What an undertaking!)
    PS~Oh, I bet that sake set and your Le Creuset set in cerise are so pretty.

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  8. Yes, dishwasher safe. ;) Great question. Oh, I was thinking the same thing - What a great place to work.

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  9. Oh, Heath ceramics. So beautiful! Your loot is awesome, I love that you have easy access to Billy balls/Craspedia flowers! And can visit the Heath studio, even if it's a long drive away. They do tile and backsplash and stuff, right? Not just dinnerware? I seem to recall they do all number of ceramics. It looks like an awesome trip, and lucky you for being able to go during vacation! That must've been the icing on the cake.
    I don't collect anything, except maybe lip gloss, haha.

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  10. Oh I really like all those peach and gold ceramics in the window.  They have no place in my home but you'd just have to bring some back, wouldn't you?

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  11. I'm so pleased you made time to go and feed your creative soul and that you walked away with some beloved pieces!
    Heath Ceramics are a little too plain for me but I know what you mean by timeless.

    I don't collect anything per se but have small collections of stuff like the Moomin Mugs and the Maribowls from Iitalla.

    I recently visited the Bauhaus exhibition and what I loved there (except the work) was the working spaces. The same applies to the Eames office. I do hope you'll get a chance to see the movie/dvd: Eames, the architect and painter!

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  12. I've been wanting to visit the Heath studio and haven't made it yet! I have all kinds of regrets on my wedding registry - the biggest is that I registered for things that I thought people would want to buy (and that were easily accessible to everyone) instead of some of the things I really wanted. I'm waiting a few more years before I jump on to another set of dishware (we registered for 3 and have barely used any of it). I'm thinking our 10 year anniversary might be the time where Andrew won't balk at a fourth collection being started. Looks like you had a wonderful trip! Have a wonderful weekend T!

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  13. Oh I am so envious that you were at Heath Ceramics! But I also feel lucky to experience it through this post :) Their pieces are just great. Just great! I didn't know about the first, seconds and thirds. I think I might like the thirds - small visible blemishes and imperfections remind me we are human and I like that. 

    As for your question, no I don't collect anything. I'm just really not a collector type. Although a collection of Heath Ceramics is something I could handle ;)

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  14. oh i would love a set of heath ceramics tableware.... although i do love my miss-matched vintage plates.... i always struggle with what style i love the most.
    i love collecting. at the moment i am trying to declutter and pare back what i own. but i am a sucker for old cameras... 
    much love sweet T xx

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  15. What a gorgeous space! It would be so hard for me not to come home with something, but like Leah, I'm trying to pare down! I love how you always frame your posts with a question. Do I collect? Hmmm...yes and no. I have a collection of pitchers, Neel a collection of martini glasses. We try to get a coffee table book from every country or major city we visit, but really, around here, we're trying to pare down big time. Heath Ceramics might make me change my mind. Some Moomin Mugs too.

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  16. I am so jealous you made it to the studio! So cool!

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  17. i fell IN LOVE with the tiles there!  couldn't resist grabbing a couple of iconic pieces when we were there a few months ago!  now i just need to convince my parents to give me some of their vintage heath... probably not going to happen since they were wedding presents!! ;) 

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