Building Bridges

Building Bridges

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A mix of current production field tiles and colors sit side-by-side with some of Heath’s current production oval tiles. The turquoise tile (center) is an experimental design from 1960.

Laurie Frankel

Heath Ceramics, founded in 1944, grew into an unconventional amalgam of craft, design and manufacturing, and has gone on to become one of the most celebrated, slighted and generally misunderstood workshops to emerge from California’s studio pottery movement. Here, photographer Laurie Frankel shows us stand-out work from the past half-century while in print Mija Riedel looks at what makes the company tick.