Over the last 16 years cathy along with her husband robin has transformed and shaped heath from a small scale pottery shop to a maker of goods for the home.
Cathy bailey heath ceramics.
Prior to her work at heath cathy founded one co a design consultancy with clients like microsoft palm and apple.
Handmade furniture artisanal rugs wallpaper and objects for the home including our collaboration with artek.
Cathy bailey was a star industrial designer and creative director she was handpicked to join nike while still in college moving to portland the day after graduation who with her partner robin petravic was looking for the next creative challenge.
Prior to that she worked as a footwear designer at nike in portland in 2004 she and robin purchased and rehabilitated heath ceramics founded by edith heath in 1948 and run by edith and her family until edith was in her 80s.
Heath ceramics started out as a small scale pottery in 1948 with husband and wife edith and brian heath.
We spoke to cathy about the life lessons that can be learnt from the potter s wheel and what it takes to build a collection that.
Ceramic dinnerware handcrafted in sausalito ca.
Then when serving what you ve put a lot of care into it stands tall on its lovely little foot making whatever s in it look and taste special.
When i walked into heath it sounded so different from my office it was this visceral difference between the sounds of a small ceramics manufacturer and those of a consulting design studio that got cathy bailey started on the path to co leading heath ceramics in partnership with her husband robin petravic cathy has shaped heath into an icon of the san francisco manufacturing revival.
Heath tile and our well crafted work bags organizers and accessories are made in san francisco ca.
It came when they stumbled into the 50 year old ceramics factory founded by edith heath.
That s heath speak for the chez panisse cafe bowl cathy s favorite piece.
After loving her work and her from afar we were fortunate to collaborate with heath ceramics to produce a line of table and dinner wares that were launched last fall.
Cathy her husband robin and i share much of the same passion about design craft and local production.
Catherine bailey the owner of cult favorite heath ceramics is not here to fool anyone with an elaborate morning routine she does not pop out of bed at 4 30 a m whisk her own matcha run a half marathon and read a print newspaper all before un jarring the overnight oats that she prepared in bulk last sunday.
From soup to cereal to ice cream to ingredient prep to egg mixing to salad dressing making it does it all.
Taking the reigns of a brand with a 55 year history comes with a solemn responsibility but cathy bailey and her husband robin petravic have steered california based heath ceramics with the same integrity and appreciation for craftsmanship as its original founders.
Cathy bailey of heath ceramics has frequented this blog for a number of years as a friend and a colleague.
Heath ceramics robin petravic cathy bailey.