Her husband, an engineer and an inventor, converted an old treadle sewing machine into a potter's wheel for her and installed a gas-fired kiln in the basement below their apartment. It was there she began to hone her skills, developing endless glaze formulations.
She founded Heath Ceramics in 1947, after an exhibition at the Palace of the Legion of Honor in San Francisco brought her public attention, and she began receiving orders from Gump's, Neiman Marcus, Marshall Fields and Bullock's. Her designs were an instant success, capturing the attention of other artists, designers and architects. Frank Lloyd Wright, Eero Saarinen and Alexander Girard specified her ceramics for some of their projects. She was the first non-architect to win an American Institute of Architects Gold Medal for her architectural tiles.
She exhibited at and won awards for her simple, minimalist designs from the de Young Museum, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, among others.
Heath Ceramics is still in business today in the original factory in Sausalito, California, crafting their pieces the same way they did over a half century ago.
From heathceramics.com, sfgate.com, pmcaonline.org
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