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Edith Heath: A Life in Clay

January 23–October 30, 2022 | Gallery of California Art

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!


…OMCA celebrates Heath as a ceramicist, a chemist and an entrepreneur, one whose half-century career helped establish California as a site of mid-century modernism while elevating ceramics as a genre.

The Guardian

Oakland Museum celebrates the distinctly Californian, durable beauty of Heath Ceramics.

SF Chronicle

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.