Fired Up

Heath Ceramics was strong on cachet, but weak on its balance sheets. Then a designer couple came along to save it.

Mention Heath Ceramics to design nerds or high-end restaurateurs, and chances are they’ll fawn endlessly over its retro, midcentury tile or brightly glazed stoneware. Heath devotees are nothing new: Since visionary ceramicist Edith Heath and her husband started the company in 1948, enthusiasts have included architect Frank Lloyd Wright and chef Alice Waters.

LOCALLY SOURCED CERAMICS Since Robin Petravic and Catherine Bailey took over Heath Ceramics in 2003, they’ve continued working with some of the country’s best restaurants, creating dinnerware lines with two of them: Alice Waters’s Chez Panisse in 2006, and, in 2016, Tartine, whose outpost

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