It’s no secret that we (heart) Heath Ceramics. And we are fortunate enough to have one HEATH collaboration under our belt (with a new design coming in May).
Our collaboration plates and dishes are a daily treasure in my home. My daughter sighs, “I want to eat on the star plate this morning.” “Star plate for a star student,” I reply.
HEATH was founded in 1948 by Edith Heath. “She was a talented ceramicist with a great respect for craft and material, and a strong point of view on the product that her company would make — simple, good things for good people.” Over 65 years later, the company is still dedicated to that same simple, functional (and beautiful) line of products.
My friends Cathy and Robin took over in 2003 and will soon be celebrating a decade at the helm of this company with an amazing history.
Dinnerware and tile are staple products under the Heath Ceramics name, but visit their website or store front and you will find an array of merchandise and collaborations in textiles, home accessories, glassware, and more.
It has been a wonderful two weeks at Penland: learning, exploring, resting, dreaming. I dread leaving this magical place and at the same time I look forward to going home and using the tools I learned here to become a better designer. As I pack the car, we leave you with a few shots of the tools of Penland.
Happy trails and a great weekend to all…
I was about 22 years old when I entered my first design studio. I felt like a baby. I had rarely taken an art class in school. When I say rarely, I mean there had been a few special days of art in grade school – nothing particularly formal, and certainly nothing recent. At that time, I didn’t think that I KNEW how to make. In that moment, those grade school classes and the lessons of my grandmothers in living arts didn’t seem to matter; I was scared of the entire process and frozen. The freedom that seemed to stretch before me was too much for my young mind to handle. As a young adult, my best friend was a budding artist. I remember her beautiful drawings so clearly and I began to think that that art was fascinating, but something that OTHER people did. Prints of Pinkie and The Blue Boy in gold foil frames, purchased at the local furniture store, were the only “art” that hung in our home.
From what I’ve gathered, Taos is a Magical Place. Natalie made a trip there not so long ago and came home breathless with tales of beauty and enlightenment. She was especially enthralled with the story of Mabel Dodge Luhan and the Mabel Dodge Luhan House.
Her experience inspired a new series of workshops called Weekend Away.
Natalie wrote in the introduction to this series:
“I had the opportunity to visit Taos not so very long ago and, as I much as I was looking forward to the trip, nothing could have prepared me for the experience. In a word: incredible. My stay at the Mabel Dodge Luhan House, my time in Taos, the breath-taking mountain backdrop, all left me feeling rested, energized, inspired.
I have always felt that our workshops have a sort of healing property and, while we love hosting weekend workshops in our home @The Factory, we also feel that it is beneficial to visit the “homes” of others for an extended stay. We are beginning to seek destinations that nourish the soul and calm the mind. Taos seems the perfect place to begin.”
It seems that everywhere I turn these days, someone is talking about or asking me to go to Burning Man. This also happened to me a decade ago when I first moved back to New York from Vienna. At that time, all of the talk I heard centered on substances consumed and not content. I found the conversations boring beyond words and the folks talking seemed to be something more than obsessed. You would say something as banal as, “What would you like for dinner tonight?” And their reply would always start, “Well, at Burning Man…” You get my drift.
This new round of Burning Man admirers are of a totally different ilk. Beautiful images, like these taken by my friend, Reyes Melendez, are emerging and at the same time, the conversations are changing.
There is nothing like an adventure; nothing is better than coming home.
and “like all great travelers, I have seen more than I remember and remember more than I have seen.”
Vacation 30A Style.
*Quote of the Month from Lettergirl.
The house above in Seaside, Florida was designed by Samuel Mockbee.
Called “Birdie’s,” the bungalow is now home to Vera Bradley and beautifully featured in 30A Style.
a captive blue sky and looking up. (And, of course, delight in Maggie’s delight.)
P.S. It’s A Small World is very beautiful.
“The Venus Hottentot” from Crave Radiance by Elizabeth Alexander
and Words That Shimmer
Get out and join us for the
14th Annual Doo-Nanny
@ The Museum of Wonder in Seale, Alabama:
Starting with the Possum Trot Auction Parade on Fridaythe 26th of March, 2010 at
And going through Sunday Afternoon the 28th of March at 5:30 pm
Music + Art
Alabama Studio Style Book Signing
Trunk Show, Sewing Workshop & More
Film – Food – Fun – Fire
Rain or Shine
The Museum of Wonder
41 Poorhouse Road
Seale, Alabama 36875
**Photo thanks to Robbie Gay @ THOUGHTBARN
Journey Part 2 = Explore.
1. To traverse or range over for the purpose of discovery:
She is exploring the city.
2. To look into closely; scrutinize; examine:
Explore the possibilities.
3. To investigate: I am exploring an idea.
4. To engage in exploration: A day to explore.