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Edith Heath: A Life in Clay

Oakland Museum of California / Oakland / Art

The American studio potter Edith Heath, chic and stylish but valuing simplicity, was an icon of American design. Heath was born in 1911 to immigrant parents in Iowa. As a young woman she worked as an art teacher, but soon enough she converted a sewing machine into a pottery wheel (clever!) and began experimenting with clay. By 1948, Heath had launched her own company, Heath Ceramics, and by 1949 she was selling 100,000 pieces a year. Eventually, her Coupe, Rim, and Plaza lines redefined tableware around the world. At the Oakland Museum, photographs, objects and, of course, pottery tell the story of Heath’s extraordinary life. —E.C.

Oakland Museum of California 1000 Oak St, Oakland, CA 94607, United States
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