So it would be easy to miss the tiniest new design in the space: a 2-inch-tall stoneware espresso cup. Although the cup is a tiny version of classic shapes created by the late ceramicist Edith Heath , whose famous Sausalito studio Bailey now co-owns with her husband, Robin Petravic , it has a gently pinched rudderlike handle with a slight curve at the bottom for a better grip ; that's a unique departure from typical Heathware and Italian espresso cups. Its matte outer glaze was inspired by the color of lava rock, which is used on the walls of the garden. Inside, Bailey has used a classic glossy-white glaze from Heath's archives. Clay is one of the most versatile mediums for modeling most forms, and in this case the wet-clay prototype went into the kiln and came out as a finished sample.
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A quick note: some images have larger or alternate views. Click or tap on them to see it. Maybe you thought they were emptying the contents or dusting the shop! Well, some of the pottery lovers like myself have spent years identifying American pottery, and one of the best ways to do this is by looking at the bottom of the piece. In most of the American pottery pieces, the bottom tells more than the glaze. The bottom shows the name, if there is one, the color of the clay, the way the piece is fired, and other characteristics that help with the identification. If you're looking to identify a piece of marked pottery, you may want to check our American Pottery Marks and Resource Directory and compare the mark there.
Radiant swathes of sunlight slice through the skylights and factory windows, illuminating the cement floors. A symphony of sound wafting from machinery builds and arcs in the air around us, and trays of pottery gently rattle as they are wheeled across the floor. Founded by Sausalito residents Edith Heath and her husband Brian in , Heath Ceramics is perhaps best known for its lines of dinnerware and tile. A sense of ownership and experimentation is alive and well at the company. Beginning in , Heath clawed back their wholesale portion of the business and is now fully focused on making and selling everything themselves, preferring to do things their way.