Heath Ceramics Factory Tour

On Saturday, Victoria and I hit up the annual Open Studio event at Heath Ceramics in Sausalito. I've long admired the craftsmanship and handiwork that goes into the studio's servingware, tiles, and vases, so I was thrilled when we had a chance to sign up for a tour.

We've arrived!

I've visited the Heath outpost at the Ferry Building many times, but discovered that it pales in comparison to the Sausalito store, which offers rows of tiles, glassware, clocks, knives, and artisan pantry items that there isn't room to offer in the Ferry Building space. (Heath was also offering tours that weekend in its Mission-based San Francisco factory, which produces all of the tiles.)

All of Heath's gorgeous tiles are made at its San Francisco factory

The store also had a well-curated selection of artisan handmade goods as well as print items. I could've planted myself there for hours reading indie magazines like AnthologyMonocle, and Kinfolk. 

Just some of the many bud vases and bowls I wanted but didn't buy. 

There were tons of second quality and showroom samples marked down, plus the entire store was 15 percent off — just one of two events a year where Heath discounts any of its products. Even though I'm trying really hard not to buy new things without getting rid of old ones, I still walked away with a few bud vases and a stack of magazines.

But anyway, onto the tour...


Click through the slideshow for a virtual tour by way of my camera.