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Our LA Studio Director and partner since 2008, Adam’s work can be seen in shows in California and around the world. 
The textural intersection of clay and glaze that are hallmarks of Adam’s works are seen in a smaller scale in these clocks ($295) at our December 7th show, Design in Time. Details and RSVP info here.

Our LA Studio Director and partner since 2008, Adam’s work can be seen in shows in California and around the world. 

The textural intersection of clay and glaze that are hallmarks of Adam’s works are seen in a smaller scale in these clocks ($295) at our December 7th show, Design in Time. Details and RSVP info here.


We’ve collaborated with celebrated multi-disciplinary Los Angeles-based designer and artist Geoff McFetridge, who has had solo shows in London, NYC, and Copenhagen and work in the SFMOMA collection.

Since our first show together in Fall 2011, we haven’t stopped thinking that when Geoff’s illustrations appear on Heath clay, the images come alive. Geoff’s clocks ($550) will be part of our show this Saturday at Heath SF and LA. Details and RSVP info here.

We’ve collaborated with celebrated multi-disciplinary Los Angeles-based designer and artist Geoff McFetridge, who has had solo shows in London, NYC, and Copenhagen and work in the SFMOMA collection.

Since our first show together in Fall 2011, we haven’t stopped thinking that when Geoff’s illustrations appear on Heath clay, the images come alive. Geoff’s clocks ($550) will be part of our show this Saturday at Heath SF and LA. Details and RSVP info here.

A noted Los Angeles–based painter and artist and Professor of Fine Arts at UCLA, Roger is also a friend of Adam Silverman and Heath.
Roger’s work lies at the center of canvas and ceramic, skillfully bridging both mediums in a series of uniquely bold clock designs ($850), available at our upcoming December 7th show. Details and RSVP info here. 

A noted Los Angeles–based painter and artist and Professor of Fine Arts at UCLA, Roger is also a friend of Adam Silverman and Heath.

Roger’s work lies at the center of canvas and ceramic, skillfully bridging both mediums in a series of uniquely bold clock designs ($850), available at our upcoming December 7th show. Details and RSVP info here

Design in Time: Tung Chiang
Studio Director of Heath SF since 2012, Tung is at the helm of the wheel and is bringing his perspectives from industrial design to Heath clay. 
Tung is always exploring the possibilities of Heath shapes, this time with a hand-thrown design, in a coordinated series of time. His clocks ($550 for a set of 4) will be available at our Design in Time show on December 7th in SF and LA. More info and RSVP info here.
Design in Time: Tung Chiang

Studio Director of Heath SF since 2012, Tung is at the helm of the wheel and is bringing his perspectives from industrial design to Heath clay. 

Tung is always exploring the possibilities of Heath shapes, this time with a hand-thrown design, in a coordinated series of time. His clocks ($550 for a set of 4) will be available at our Design in Time show on December 7th in SF and LA. More info and RSVP info here.

Design in Time: Jeff Canham
A local sign painter and artist in San Francisco (he recently painted the exterior of our SF showroom), Jeff is a master of letters & words.
The graphics in Jeff’s work are at once impactful and dimensional. They convey a boldness, yet a simpleness, in their design, as seen in his clocks ($400) which will be available at our December 7th show in SF and LA. Details and RSVP info here. 

Design in Time: Jeff Canham

A local sign painter and artist in San Francisco (he recently painted the exterior of our SF showroom), Jeff is a master of letters & words.

The graphics in Jeff’s work are at once impactful and dimensional. They convey a boldness, yet a simpleness, in their design, as seen in his clocks ($400) which will be available at our December 7th show in SF and LA. Details and RSVP info here

Design in Time: Natalie Chanin
Longtime friend of Heath and owner of sustainable clothing company Alabama Chanin, Natalie just opened The Factory Store & Cafe. 
Chanin’s craft in stitch translates beautifully in our clay. Her 9 clocks ($500-$1200) were designed plate by etched plate and will be available at our December 7th show in our San Francisco and Los Angeles showrooms. Details and RSVP info here. 

Design in Time: Natalie Chanin

Longtime friend of Heath and owner of sustainable clothing company Alabama Chanin, Natalie just opened The Factory Store & Cafe

Chanin’s craft in stitch translates beautifully in our clay. Her 9 clocks ($500-$1200) were designed plate by etched plate and will be available at our December 7th show in our San Francisco and Los Angeles showrooms. Details and RSVP info here

Design in Time: House Industries

A prolific font foundry with a beautiful aesthetic. A Heath collaborator since 2010, together we created Heath House Number tiles.


Andy Cruz & the artists at House constantly rethink the possibilities of typefaces. Our Heath studio was excited to collaborate with them and experiment with screen printing glaze on tile to achieve 4 one of a kind clock designs (each one of a kind clock is $550) which will be available at our December 7th show in our San Francisco and Los Angeles showrooms.

Design in Time: House Industries

A prolific font foundry with a beautiful aesthetic. A Heath collaborator since 2010, together we created Heath House Number tiles.

Andy Cruz & the artists at House constantly rethink the possibilities of typefaces. Our Heath studio was excited to collaborate with them and experiment with screen printing glaze on tile to achieve 4 one of a kind clock designs (each one of a kind clock is $550) which will be available at our December 7th show in our San Francisco and Los Angeles showrooms.

Pin Pals: Leslie Williamson

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Leslie Williamson is a familiar name around these parts. A friend of Heath and a gifted photographer, Leslie has shot our factories, showrooms, and even our home. Her eye for light and balance, architecture and space, make for strikingly understated interiors photos that resonate with us quite strongly. Her passion for design and endless curiosity extends beyond interiors, as evidenced in part by her Pinterest board. Fans of her eclectic pins (we particularly like her “Weird (but I love it)" board!), we jumped at the chance to ask Leslie to share her inspirations with us on a special shared board this week. 

Briefly describe your work to us.

At the heart of my work I am a photographer. I am never happier than when I making photographs. I split my time between commissioned assignments and my own projects.

I also write for my own projects, like my first book, Handcrafted Modern, and my new book Modern Originals: At Home with Midcentury European Designers (April 2014) and I do all the research for my projects as well. 

My personal work is really my driving life’s passion. I have numerous ongoing projects, but the one that is best known and that I continue, is photographing the homes of architects and designers as they are lived in. A portrait of the designer through his/her home. That is the work in Handcrafted Modern and Modern Originals, but it is from a larger body of work looking at how the people that influence the way we live, live themselves. I began with the MidTwentieth century, since it is the era/homes that are disappearing the quickest, but I am also photographing designers working now. I am building a visual library that will be all inclusive and worldwide. It is a huge undertaking and will take the rest of my life.

But I also have about 4 other projects that are bubbling on the stove right now, so things are always exciting!

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Your creative process when starting a new project is…

All my projects start off pretty quietly. I’ll read an article or see a piece of artwork I really love or someone will mention a house they think I should see and I’ll just feel a pull. It is really instinctual and hard to explain. But it all starts with a curiosity about something and the need to see and experience it for myself. And there is also a feeling that something has been overlooked, I need to go to find what no one is noticing. 

It is pretty exciting right now because I just finished Modern Originals and so I feel myself roaming. Which project will be my next focus? I am wondering which one will call to me to loudest or if it will be a completely new one. 

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What inspires you? Do you have any go-to places (virtual or physical), activities, or objects that get your thoughts flowing?

I find practically everything inspiring! I guess that sounds a bit crazy, but it is true. People are just endlessly inspiring. I am constantly moved by human beings’ simultaneous uniqueness and sameness.  

I am especially drawn to people who have found their passion and are living it and people who can make things. It can be a chair or a loaf of bread - I don’t really care what.

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We’re so glad you are a fan of our Heath pieces. Do you have a favorite? If yes, why?

Well I love all the classics but I am also so excited about the work coming out of the new Clay Studio in San Francisco. And then of course there are Adam Silverman’s beautiful pieces….I don’t think I can pick a favorite…

Photo 1 courtesy Maurizio Beucci. Photos 2-4 courtesy Leslie Williamson.

Photo 2: Bruno Mathsson’s home from Leslie’s forthcoming book, Modern Originals: At Home with Midcentury European Designers. 

Photo 3: Portrait of artist Jesse Schlesinger for Leslie’s former column called “People Watching” for the NYTimes T Style blog the Moment.

Photo 4: A favorite image from my recent trip to Antwerp.

Pin Pals: Joanna Williams

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Joanna Williams possesses that certain je ne sais quoi you find in the truly stylish. A trend forecaster and creative consultant to companies like Suno and Ralph Lauren, Joanna has a keen eye for texture, color, and design that makes her an arbiter of fashion. Her taste, eclectic and refined, is informed by her global travels, so it’s no wonder people look to her to show them the undiscovered. It’s exactly why we asked her to share a Pinterest board with us this week. We asked her some questions below about her inspirations and loved what she had to say.

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Friends of Heath: Tyler Hays

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Tyler Hays, originally a painter and sculptor, is creating beautiful furniture and designs in Philadelphia for his company BDDW. He shares it with the world in his New York showroom. Robin and I visited many years back and have been inspired by it ever since (not to mention the archery league parties that BDDW hosts with handcrafted bows and arrows that we got invited to crash last year). Tyler’s work is stunning - the scale, the details, the wood, the joinery! - but equally impressive is his steadfast focus and belief in finding a way to do business to support making the things he loves. 

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Another interesting fact: Tyler’s a soon-to-be ceramicist with a new studio in the works. We of course love to hear that. More on that project (as well as general stores, vacations and haircuts) below.

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Pin Pals: Liz Oppenheim

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Liz Oppenheim is more than a local San Francisco jeweler—she’s our friend and neighbor, making jewelry right here in a studio above our tile factory. Her pieces are strikingly different than a lot of work we’re used to seeing, and we were happy to learn her general aesthetic was similarly unique when we discovered her Pinterest board. Helping us celebrate 10 years of Heath, Liz joins us on a shared Pinterest board this week giving us a peek into her inspirations.

Tell us about your work.

I make organic jewelry in gold and silver using a Japanese hand-sculpting technique that imparts a finely grooved texture to the pieces. I create the masters out of a wax called mitsuro, a combination of beeswax and pine resin.

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What inspires you? Do you have any go-to places, activities, or objects that get your thoughts flowing?

I draw most of my inspiration from the natural world, on both a micro and macro scale. I’m fascinated by the patterns and textures that emerge in the growth of plants, the movement of water and sand, and the accumulation of sediment.

Japanese aesthetic inspires me particularly because of the ethos of practice, mastery, and devotion to technique. It’s not so much that the resulting object is perfect, but that the dedication of time and repetition by the maker is evident in it. I definitely aspire to that sort of devotion to technique - just give me another 30 years!

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Along those lines, we’ve been looking back on our past ten years at Heath, identifying turning points for our company’s history. Any particular people, places, objects, or moments in time that were particularly formative to how you perceive design?

It was just about 10 years ago that I first started working with metal, and 9 years since I came to the Bay Area. Being around the other makers and designers who are gathered here, all committed to creating things with great thoughtfulness has been amazing.

We’re so glad you are a fan of our Heath pieces. Do you have a favorite? 

I love Heath pieces in general, both for their production methods and for their restraint. The large mug is my favorite because it’s everything it should be, and nothing it shouldn’t be. The lines are clean, the handle is ergonomically appropriate, it holds the right amount of liquid, and it’s a pleasure to interact with tactilely. It’s exactly the type of object I think all objects should aspire to be; everything about it makes sense.

Photo 1 courtesy Julia Turner. Photos 2 & 3 courtesy Liz Oppenheim.

Pin Pals: Heather Moore

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Heather Moore is the highly prolific creative behind Skinny laMinx, the ultra graphic and retro-inspired home goods label that we carry here at Heath. We’re huge fans of her designs, as they always manage to strike the perfect balance of simplicity, whimsy, and refinement, which is no small feat. Needless to say, we find it incredible that she admits to having no formal art or design training. It’s a natural talent that we find super inspiring (if not enviable!). Heather tells us about her creative process below, and shares her inspirations on our shared Pinterest board all week long as part of our Heath 10 celebration.

How do you describe what you do?

I love to draw, and to make papercuts - many of which turn into fabric designs, and also into stationery designs. I design lots of things for my homeware label, Skinny laMinx. I first started with screenprinted tea towels and pillows, and then branched out into running metres of fabrics, which my team makes up into products like cushions, table runners and bags. We sell fabrics and products from our Cape Town storefront & studio, in the Skinny laMinx online shops, and to wholesale customers worldwide - like Heath Ceramics!

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Your creative process when starting a new project is…

Just as you can see more stars in the Milky Way when you look off to one side, I tend to follow this approach in my work. If I approach a design or illustration project face on, I tend to overthink things, but if I can fool myself into thinking that I’m just messing around and enjoying the process without being invested in the results, I have more fun, and my work turns out better. And now that I’ve realised this about myself, I just have to keep pretending I don’t know what I’m up to. :)

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We’ve been looking back on our past ten years at Heath, identifying turning points for our company’s history. Any particular people, places, objects, or moments in time that were particularly formative to how you perceive design?

I have no training in art or design, so I’m constantly learning about how to approach the design process, no matter whether I’m working with an architect on renovating our kitchen, or visiting an extraordinary exhibition or building. My husband and I just returned from Japan after two weeks, and I’ve no doubt this is going to be hugely influential on my perception of design.

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We’re so glad you are a fan of our Heath pieces. Do you have a favorite?

I love the stacking mugs. We have a pair, and I always find it satisfying to find just the right angle for handles of the stacked mugs. 

Photos 1, 3, 4 courtesy Heather Moore. Photo 2 courtesy Jeffery Cross.

Pin Pals: Jennifer Chong

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Jennifer Chong first caught our attention when she blogged about our San Francisco showroom earlier this year. Her photos of our space—a space we see day after day—captured a freshness that made us take a second look. We’ve been fans of her photography and graphic design ever since. As we continue our Heath 10 celebration, we’re excited to partner with Jennifer and host a Pinterest board with her where she shares her inspirations over the past 10 years.

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Friends of Heath: Alice Waters

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It is no secret that Alice Waters is a pioneer. A true visionary and kick starter both of the farm-to-table movement and the idea of accessible, healthy eating with the Edible Schoolyard Project, Alice is that unique kind of person who can make simple extraordinary. She continues to redefine her influence and impact on the food community (and broader world community for that matter), and along the way, we’ve been given the opportunity to work with her (and designer/friend Christina Kim) to evolve our partnership and collaboration that started well before Robin and I ever came to Heath. Collaborations like the ones we have with Alice Waters keep us creating, expanding our boundaries and looking forward.  Alice is someone we unabashedly admire and we’re excited to share with you a few insights on what she’s up to next. 

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