Edith Heath X saber


Edith was a talented American ceramicist with a great respect for craft and material. She had a strong point of view on the types of product her company would make — simple, good things for good people. For the Heath Saber, we were inspired by the guiding principles of Heath Ceramics – simple forms and honest materials. The whimsical handle of her famous Studio Cup was a key detail we wanted to incorporate into the Heath Saber to show our appreciation of the practical yet humorous side to design.


Episode 4 : THe heath saber
 

Credits: Pedal Born Pictures


our approach


DESIGN INSPIRATION

  • Honest
  • Handcrafted
  • Durable

Aesthetic Cues  |  subtle curves, unexpected proportions, raw warmth, whimsical details

Ceramic has a unique aesthetic quality and it is the kind of material that one would not expect on a saber. With the Heath Saber, we thought about how we can translate the essence of Heath Ceramic into a hilt design. Edith’s form identity was so simple and balanced – a gentle, subtle curve here and an unexpected detail there – these were the aesthetic sensibility that inspired the Heath Saber. The revolved shape of a simple silhouette and a whimsical detail of the low handle essentially communicated the spirit of Heath.

 Summer Multi Stem Vase | Heath Ceramics

Summer Multi Stem Vase | Heath Ceramics

 Coupe Line Studio Mug | Heath Ceramics 

Coupe Line Studio Mug | Heath Ceramics 

 Container with Wood Lid | Heath Ceramics

Container with Wood Lid | Heath Ceramics


COLORS, MATERIALS AND FINISHES (CMF)

LIGHT WARM PALETTE

Hilt  |  Warm earth tones, muted tones, matte finish, sandblasted, color blocks

Plasma  |  Green


Process

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About Edith Heath
 


 

“Edith believed in the honesty in materials and that good quality things last a long time.”

Catherine Bailey
co-owner of Heath Ceramics

 

biography

Edith Heath founded Heath Ceramics in 1948 and for 60 years she was the driving force at Heath Ceramics. Her dinnerware combines a craft-based heritage with modern lines in a way that has been prized by many.

Born May 25, 1911, to Danish farmers in Iowa, Edith was one of seven children, and spent her early years helping to raise her siblings, baking bread and sewing. Friends and colleagues said the Depression only made her more resourceful and independent, qualities that would define her artwork.

Edith was a talented ceramicist with a great respect for craft and material, and a strong point of view on the product that her company would make — simple, good things for good people. She became a defining influence of 20th century design and was the first non-architect to win the American Institute of Architects Industrial Arts Medal for her distinctively beautiful tile. Known and respected for her drive to understand the science behind her craft, she not only mixed all of her own glazes, but also developed her own proprietary clay body – one that only requires a single lower-than-normal-temperature firing. This specialized combination produces an extremely durable product while consuming less energy.

The Heath Ceramic name is synonymous with simple, durable, honest, functional and thoughtfully designed tableware and tile. Heathware can be found in restaurants, homes and museums worldwide, as well as many of Edith’s original pieces reside in the permanent collections of museums such as the MOMA
and LACMA.

Over sixty years later, Heath Ceramics is one of the few mid-century American potteries still in existence. Operated by new owners Robin Petravic and Catherine Bailey since 2003, Heath Ceramics continues to make all of their hand-glazed tableware and architectural tile – from start to finish – in the original Sausalito factory designed and built in 1959 by Marquis & Stoller.


FAMOUS WORK

Coupe Studio Line Studio Cup, Pitcher and Creamer, Ashtray, Serving Dish Casserole, Large Teapot

 Cool Lava Multi Stem, Lemongrass Single Stem, Tangerine Bud and Indigo Bulb Vase | Heath Ceramics

Cool Lava Multi Stem, Lemongrass Single Stem, Tangerine Bud and Indigo Bulb Vase | Heath Ceramics

 Summer Espresso Cup and Saucer | Heath Ceramics

Summer Espresso Cup and Saucer | Heath Ceramics

 Winter Multi Stem and Bud Vases | Heath Ceramics

Winter Multi Stem and Bud Vases | Heath Ceramics