Photo above by Rosalie Wild. Additional photos by Jeffery Cross.
At Heath, our design and production are deeply connected: each new piece is developed through creative research, unexpected alchemy, and above all, getting our hands dirty in our studios and factories.
This summer’s seasonal collection is no exception. Though its initial inspiration came from the fresh, lush greens of our favorite summertime spots—hikes through the woods, picnics in the park, and time spent in the garden—the true magic often manifests in the materials themselves. Just like in nature, some of our best glaze and pattern discoveries diverge a bit from the path and focus on the beauty right in front of us.
Check out our video below for a behind-the-scenes look at how this crisp seasonal collection came to be:
We also asked our associate designer Rosalie Wild to share a bit of the backstory of how this summer’s seasonal collection found us:
Where did the initial inspiration come from? What was it about the test tile that spoke to you?
In the very beginning of the project, there was quite a different palette in mind: I was looking at screenprinted posters by Corita Kent, and felt drawn to the intensity of her colors and the layering of different inks that created even richer, brighter colors. Lots of reds, oranges, yellows, and pinks. So I was searching in our archive of line blends (tiles with multiple test glazes poured on them), looking for the brightest examples of glaze possible. When I found the line blend that became the root of this collection, I was shocked at how the colors looked like they were lit from behind, and that this range of yellow to green happened with just a tiny shift in ingredients. It was not the color I was initially looking for, but the intensity and vibrance were there!
What changed once you saw the difference between the glaze on white clay and then on brown?
The line blend I found was on white clay, which contributed to the glowing brightness of the colors. At the same time, we felt like those colors were a bit outside of our comfort zone. By using the glaze on the brown clay, we still got the brightness but with a hint of the clay’s earthiness peeking though. The glazes always fire a bit more matte on the brown clay, and I think this textured surface, along with the unique color of our clay, made palette feel more Heath, but still a little surprising.
How did you develop the rest of the palette around the bright color from the line blend?
Two of the glazes actually resulted from that single test tile: Pomelo and Mint. In a way, the palette is a celebration of all the greens we see in the world, tempered with the light grey Storm glaze, which serve as a breather from the color. In the design world, there is usually a lot hype around one particular shade of green at a time, say “Emerald is in!” or “Mint is in!” But in gardens and nature we see lots of different greens next to each other, and I think it is beautiful that way.
How many different special glaze techniques did you try, and what is most interesting to you about these experiments?
For this collection, we really worked with a lot of different colored glazes, and played with layering them to create an interesting “third” color. In the case of the special glaze technique, we sprayed the seasonal glazes over one of our standard dinnerware glazes, Verde. The layering of the glazes multiplies the shades and effects we can achieve with the same number of glazes. We also ended up with lots of great test pieces in other colors that I know we can return to for future projects.
How do you record and replicate happy accidents—like unexpected glaze combos—that have good results?
We have an amazing master glazer named Winnie Crittenden who executes our glaze samples with incredible craft and great detail. She records notes about how she makes each piece, so we can return later and try them again. But on a technical level, a very key aspect of our glaze technique this season has to do with the “glaze weight”: we record how much glaze is applied to a piece by weight. When we want a particular interaction between two glazes, it is really important that the right amount of each glaze is applied, otherwise the chemistry will be off-balance and we’ll get the wrong color or texture. In addition to the weight of glaze applied, we record the where the piece was placed in the kiln: in the case of this season where the “bubbly” effect is what we’re looking for, the piece needs to be in a particular area where the specific amount of heat help the bubbles form just right.
Spotted: You can see Rosalie and Winnie examining this season’s speckled layered glazes in our Sausalito factory about two-thirds of the way through the video. Many thanks to Alex Eppler for producing the video.
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