Interior design

Pot luck— San Francisco


When two designers bought a pottery, their home became a colourful showcase for the company. Not only have they been able to turn around an ailing business but they’ve also completely restructured and redecorated their house.

Catherine Bailey, Heath, Robin Petravic, Svenskt Tenn

San Francisco-based designers Catherine Bailey and Robin Petravic used to work for firms such as Motorola and Burton Snowboards but they became fed up with corporate life and wanted a change. ­Although neither has a background in pottery, in 2003 they bought Heath ­Ceramics, a small but respected craft business based in Sausalito, founded by Edith Heath in 1948. It ­offered what they were looking for: it could be sustainable, focused on craft and was ripe for expansion. Bailey is now the managing director and Petravic the creative director.


  1. Heath Ceramics currently has an annual turnover of $7.25m (€5m) and employs 90 people including 60 craftsmen.

  2. As well as producing all the original designs by Edith Heath, the pottery has introduced new ranges and glazes designed by Bailey but has remained faithful to the techniques and aesthetics of the originals.

  3. Every Heath item is still handmade in the HQ and original factory at 400 Gate Five Road in Sausalito.

  4. Since taking over the company in 2003, Bailey and Petravic have added two more stores to the stable, one at 7525 Beverly Blvd in Los Angeles in 2008 and another in the redeveloped San Francisco Ferry Building in April 2010.

  5. Alongside Heath’s products, the stores sell a small edit of brands that have a similar approach to design and craft manufacturing, including David Mellor cutlery from the UK, Libeco linens from Belgium and Skinny laMinx textiles from South Africa.

  6. Heath ceramics supplies tableware to some of the finest restaurants in the US, including Chez Panisse, Brasserie 44 and the Slanted Door.


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