Back in January, Covet Garden's own Jessica was in Los Angeles to escape Toronto's endless winter and to explore the wonders of the West Coast. She found herself enchanted by Heath Ceramics — one of the many California potteries that popped up after WWII but one of the few still producing today. The company was founded by Edith Heath (1911–2005) in 1948 with a goal to make "simple, good things for good people."
Heath Ceramic's tablewares and tiles are iconic — you can find Edith's original designs in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Los Angeles County Musuem of Art in LA — which is what drove our Jessica to visit the shop in the first place. They have an unmistakable richness of glazing and a silky smooth finish that comes as a result of a Edith's biggest innovation — a single kiln firing, at a lower than normal temperature.
While Heath celebrates its heritage, the company is also commited to experimentation. There are four different shops, each with it's own unique design and in-house ceramicist. The Los Angeles store was created by Commune Design to showcase the actual production as much as the product.
Each location showcases our dinnerware, tile, and homeware products from like-minded designer/makers around the United States (and beyond). Jessica says that it was great to see pillows and leather/powder coated metal furnishings by Garza Marfa (pictured above) and textiles from Covey G fave Skinny LaMinx up close and in such an inspiring setting.
The LA store is also partnered with celebrated potter Adam Silverman who produces work in the on-site studio. Hours could be spent hanging out, making it a perfect place for a pottery pilgrammage next time you find yourself in the City of Angels!
[images by Jessica Reid]