Magazine article Sunset

At Home with Tiles

Magazine article Sunset

At Home with Tiles

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The well-tiled floors and patios at Edith and Brian Heath's house exhibit ceramic artistry that's down to earth

There's something revealing and inspiring about an artist's studio. In this private domain, an artist explores and experiments with color, form, and texture, often leaving traces of his or her creative efforts splattered upon the studio floor.

Similarly, a life's worth of artistry lies underfoot at Edith and Brian Heath's house in Tiburon, California. For more than 50 years, the Heaths have been at the forefront of international ceramic design, creating everything from plates, bowls, and goblets to tiles for architecture. They have done pioneering work in the development of clays and glazes, and, in the late '40s, their handsome line of dinnerware set the standard for informal but gracious entertaining.

Not surprisingly, Heath tiles cover every inch of walkable surface at their own home--2,000 square feet in all, counting inside floors and outside patios. Colorful tiles greet you at the entry patio, sweep through hallways, spill across the living room, and extend to the main patio. …

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