Edith Heath: A Life in Clay
January 29, 2022–October 30, 2022

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Trailblazer. Rebel. Revolutionary. Discover the story of Edith Heath, founder and designer of Heath Ceramics. Heath transformed the ceramics industry, creating dinnerware from California clay for “Sunday best” and everyday use. Driven by the power of good design, and a commitment to her craft, Heath’s vision continues to live on through her stoneware and tile over 70 years later. Durable, not delicate, simple, yet stylish, Heath Ceramics is an icon of American design.

This is not a traditional ceramics or craft exhibition - it combines historic objects, photographs, documentary video and personal memorabilia to showcase Heath's legacy and story. Do not miss it!

COVID-19 Health and Safety Information

Although Alameda County will relax its mask mandate as of February 16, 2022, OMCA will maintain our existing mask policy per our Safe Community Agreements until further notice. We are taking a measured approach to ensure we’re making the right choices for our community, while balancing the desire to return to normalcy.

Masks will continue to be required for all visitors ages two and older and OMCA staff, regardless of vaccination status, when not eating or drinking on OMCA’s campus.

As of February 1, 2022, following the Oakland City Council emergency ordinance, OMCA will require proof of vaccination for individuals, ages 12 and older for all onsite activities. This includes access to our galleries and special exhibitions, store, programs, and events in the theater, cafe, and garden. For unvaccinated individuals ages 12 years and older, a document from a licensed medical professional verifying a medical exemption and a recent negative test (within 72 hours) will also be accepted for entry to the Museum.

Adults are required to show proof of vaccination along with their photo ID; children ages 12 and older must show proof of vaccination but are not required to provide an ID.

Thank you for helping us protect each other and our community!

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Edith Heath: A Life in Clay is supported in part by the Oakland Museum Women’s Board. Additional support is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, California Humanities, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.