Monday, April 7, 2008

eBay Find of the Day: Heath Ceramics Tea Set

The organic tableware created by Edith Heath beginning in the 1940s is a modern American classic. Each piece is handcrafted by skilled artisans in Heath Ceramics' small pottery in Sausalito, California, and has an elegant earthiness and a streamlined simplicity that's all about material and form. Many Heath pieces are in the permanent collection of New York City's Museum of Modern Art.

Heath items are relatively scarce on eBay -- I suspect because people tend to hang onto theirs forever and pass them down to family members. This vintage stoneware tea set, purchased from the Heath Ceramics Factory Store, includes a teapot with a cord-wrapped copper handle, six teacups, a creamer, and a lidded sugar bowl -- all made from Heath's signature brown clay finished with a creamy ivory glaze.

Current bid: $10

(P.S. Click here to see the absolutely breathtaking Sausalito home of current Heath owners Catherine Bailey and Robin Petravic, who were kind enough to let me feature it in an Apartment Therapy writeup awhile back.)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thanks for showing the Heath Pottery. I think we first saw it mentioned in Dwell and shopped there when we were in San Francisco to visit our son. We have some bowls and other pieces that are brown on the back and gloss turquoise on the front. We picked as many as possible from the seconds shelves and completed the set with first quality. Such an inspiring place to visit.


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