When husband-and-wife team Catherine Bailey and Robin Petravic took over Heath Ceramics in 2003, they knew better than to muck around with Edith Heath’s classic, much loved designs. Instead, the couple has focused on small, refined updates to the collection, collaborations with outside designers, and experiments in their Sausalito, California–based factory with new glazes—an area that for years consumed Heath herself. This spring, the company released its Summer 08 Limited Edition, a collection of vases and kitchenware in muted grays and bright glossy yellows. The most radical result of a fascination with new formulas is the Deep Serving Bowl (above), a dip-dyed dish in which the layering of glazes causes a chemical reaction, resulting in a pattern of tiny, blistered dots. A collection in red is forthcoming this holiday season; $75 for the Deep Serving Bowl. www.heathceramics.com
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