Managing Director Robin Petravic and Creative Director Catherine Bailey of Sausalito-based Heath Ceramics are joining us this month! After the monthly discussion of a group member's design-challenged space, Maxwell will sit down with Robin and Cathy to talk about their revitalization of the iconic ceramics company that was founded by Edith Heath in 1948. Known for its devotion to design, handcrafted techniques and local manufacturing Heath Ceramics promises a great discussion — join us!
Robin Petravic, Managing Director
Robin manages all operational, manufacturing and business development aspects of Heath Ceramics, a 60 year old designer, maker, and retailer of dinnerware and tile with 85 employees at its original Sausalito, CA location, a Design Studio and store in Los Angeles, CA, and a third store in San Francisco. Prior to Heath, and following a Masterʼs Degree in Product Design from Stanford University, Robin spent 6 years as an independent product design consultant for a large variety of companies ranging from electronics to sporting goods. In addition to stints at Silicon Valley think-tank Interval Research, he also managed design and engineering teams at LightSurf Technologies to develop wireless digital cameras in conjunction with major electronics manufacturers such as Motorola and Siemens. In 2003, together with his wife, Industrial Designer Catherine Bailey, Robin purchased Heath Ceramics at the end of a quest to build a more satisfying and tangible design life that brought back together the aspects of designing and making. Since that time, Heath has gained recognition as a design leader and model for bringing together manufacturing, design, and responsible business practices as a combination leading to long-term business viability.
Catherine Bailey, Creative Director
In 2003, together with her husband, Robin Petravic, Catherine purchased Heath Ceramics at the end of a quest to build a more satisfying and tangible design life that brought back together the aspects of designing and making. Since that time, Catherine has lead the company to become recognized as a design leader and model for bringing together manufacturing, design, and responsible business practices as a combination leading to long-term business viability. Today she works to steer Heathʼs concepts, product and brand direction while honoring the history and craft of Edith Heath. In addition to overseeing all design, PR, and guiding Heathʼs exposure, she also shares responsibility for setting the overall company direction and vision. Her work has lead Heath in the achievements of winning the the Henry award from the California Museum of Design in 2007, Bon Appetitʼs Designer of the year award in 2008, and being one of the 3 ﬁnalists for the Cooper-Hewitt National Design award in corporate achievement in 2009. Prior to her work at Heath, Catherine founded a product design consultancy - One & Co. (1995) and grew the company into an industrial design consultancy with new focus that looked at products from a lifestyle perspective while providing engineering to back up their innovations. She became known for her ability to provide solutions that connected products to culture and made them desirable to customers. Her clients ranged from Microsoft and Palm to Burton Snowboards and Apple. Prior to founding One and Co. Catherine was a footwear designer at Nike in Portland Oregon. Catherine is on the board of the Center for Architecture and Design which supports public design involvement in the Bay Area. She holds a Bachelor of industrial design from Syracuse University, and also has studied environmental design and ﬁne arts.
Robin and Cathy will be giving away a limited edition Heath Ceramics Set of Summer 2010 Seasonal Serving Bowls (Made by Heath Ceramics Sausalito, CA — Retail Value $160) to a lucky attendee!
Images: 1: Mariko Reed 2,3,4: Jeffery Cross, 5: One & Co offices by Cary Bernstein Architect, © Cesar Rubio
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