If you live in the Bay Area you’ve likely heard of Heath Ceramics and seen their iconic tiles. The AMI team was lucky to get a personal tour of Heath’s San Francisco tile factory and it did not disappoint!
Heath Ceramics has been at the heart of the handcrafted goods movement since the 1960s. From the clay recipe which has not changed in 50 years, to the hand-cut tiles, hand-applied glazes, and intense quality control (each tile is personally inspected multiple times) – Heath epitomizes true handcraft. This care and attention-to-detail clearly shows in the end result.
The Heath Tour
- A machine that works the clay to remove air bubbles and extrude it into flat planes
- A person using a butter knife to hand cut certain shapes one at a time (really, and we got to try it!)
- Glazers hand-spraying the famous Heath tile colors
- A massive kiln designed to be both efficient and environmentally-friendly
- Scores of gorgeous finished tiles in all shapes and color combinations heading to the packaging department