Heath Ceramics is a favorite of ours for their sustainable process and heirloom-quality work. Recently, they undertook a first-of-its-kind (and, likely, only-of-its-kind) collaboration with artist, Geoff McFetridge. This last Saturday, McFetridge and Heath Ceramics LA Studio Director, Adam Silverman, hosted an informal talk about their process.
This was the first foray into pottery for McFetridge, but not his first time working with Silverman. In fact, Adam gave Geoff his first art show at George's Gallery in the Los Angeles suburb, Los Feliz.
It was interesting to learn just a tiny bit about the complexities of pottery, glaze and the firing process. Geoff's paintings trend towards being very matte in finish, yet the testing required to yield a similar sheen (or lack thereof) and integrate it successfully into Heath's processes, would have taken a year or more.
The image above shows a one-of-a-kind, hand painted dinner service for 6, which commands a whopping $12,000 price tag. The reasoning behind just the one, complete set was to prevent selling a bunch of mugs and invoking a "world's greatest dad" kitschiness to the project. Though, there are plenty of pieces that are within the budgets of us mere mortals. Lovely cloth napkins and tea towels can be had for $20 and $24, respectively.
Images of all available pieces (and prices) can be viewed here.
(Images: Michelle Chin)