If you know me you probably know I have a small obsession with Heath Ceramics. Now the internet will know. I am obsessed with Heath ceramics. I'm very fortunate to live in the Bay Area. By now I've visited the Heath factory and store in Sausalito too many times to count. The factory store sells seconds which are just as structurally sound as firsts but may have slight differences or imperfections in the glaze and clay. If you're going to make an investment in dinnerware I highly recommend visiting the factory store. It will last you forever and buying seconds is an affordable way to build a collection. On my last visit to the store there was a couple buying a new set to replace their 50 year old dishes they'd gifted to a family member.
This year Heath has expanded into a new tile factory and show room which opened September 2012 near my San Francisco neighborhood. As you can guess I love having the factory down the street. There is something so warm about all the Heath spaces and the objects that you leave with. Admittedly, doing the dishes is not my favorite task. I enjoy it a hundred times more when I'm washing my Heath dinnerware. I've learned every subtle difference in my dishes. I'm proud to have purchased part of a creative legacy made locally and made with Northern California earth.
They have a few good sales a year and this past mothers day weekend I was happy to take advantage of all the goings on at Heath. The sale kicked off on a Friday and for the first time I was able to head over the bridge to get a first crack at all the seconds (and the extra discount). I walked in the store 45 minutes after they opened and it was already packed. In everyone's arms a cardboard box as shopping basket carried their treasures. You could feel the excitement as we all tried not to be bulls in a china shop. I was with my people. People equally as obsessed as I.