This year I have twice brought Heath Ceramics as a gift for someone. The Sausalito based cermatics company create surprisingly soft-to-the-touch pots, plates and pitchers in a variety of standard and limited additions. Whether it’s their muted pastel tones, dusty earthy finishes or chunky but smooth lines that create the warm and fuzzies when I see them, I can’t tell. No matter, as either way each piece feels like snuggling up on the sofa with a nice cup of tea even in the store.
Prior to Heath’s shop in the Ferry Building I had been limiting my pining to occasional web browses or an admiring stare in the SFMOMA gift shop. Now, well, now it’s pretty hard to resist buying up all the cups and teapots every time we stop by for a Blue Bottle coffee or a Gott’s cheeseburger (formally Taylor’s Automatic Refreshers). My latest lustful visit ended in the purchase of the second gift, a set of small bud vases and a matching plate from their Summer 2010 collection. The pastel blues and sunny shining yellows were simply too much to resist and when I needed a wedding gift for a university friend’s upcoming nuptials there was no need to. Yes! I do.
So, if you need a unique but understated gift for a friend or loved one I highly recommend you take a look at Heath. Be careful though, it could be love at first sight.