out & about | Heath Ceramics + MUJI

 

Heath Ceramics | Neely Wang Photography

I’ve been a bit distracted lately with the kids getting out of school and starting summer break that I realized I forgot to share about our final destinations on my “San Francisco Day of Fun” after Craftsman and Wolves and Dandelion Chocolate. These last two places were home decor shops, which were a perfect way to end the day, since we could not eat another bite! There were, however, two boxes filled with goodies stashed away in the car in case our appetites picked up again ;).

Heath Ceramics | Neely Wang Photography

Our last stops were at Heath Ceramics and MUJI. I’ve been to the Heath Ceramics Studio in Sausalito a couple of times, but had never been to their San Francisco Shop. Heath Ceramics was establish in 1948, and produces some of the most beautiful mid-century ceramic tableware. The SF Studio was surprisingly large, and even had a Blue Bottle Coffee in the same building and a place to sit and read. What I love about Heath, besides their gorgeous bowls and vases among other things, is their appreciation of other designers and craftsmen. They not only sell Heath products at their SF Studio, but also textiles, books and other home products made by other artists.

Heath Ceramics | Neely Wang Photography

Heath Ceramics | Neely Wang Photography

The whole place is very airy and bright with great light!

Heath Ceramics | Neely Wang Photography

The walls are lined with their dishware collections, my favorite being the one designed for Chez Panisse in 2006.

Heath Ceramics | Neely Wang Photography

The rest of the shop is filled with such beautiful things, all carefully crafted and designed…

Heath Ceramics | Neely Wang Photography

Heath Ceramics | Neely Wang Photography

Heath Ceramics | Neely Wang Photography

Heath Ceramics | Neely Wang Photography

Heath Ceramics | Neely Wang Photography

Heath Ceramics | Neely Wang Photography

….including Weck jars — I just love Weck Jars!

Heath Ceramics | Neely Wang Photography

At the time I visited, they had a special exhibition showcasing David Mellor’s Cutlery. They currently have a display of sculptor Stan Bitters work.

Heath Ceramics | Neely Wang Photography

It was really fascinating to see these cutlery molds…

Heath Ceramics | Neely Wang Photography

Heath Ceramics | Neely Wang Photography

…and the beginnings of spoons.

Heath Ceramics | Neely Wang Photography

I initially had no idea what these were, but thought they looked cool, so I snapped a few shots :).

Heath Ceramics | Neely Wang Photography

I later learned that they were the polishing mops and sanding discs for the production of spoons and forks..

Heath Ceramics | Neely Wang Photography

Heath Ceramics | Neely Wang Photography

Wouldn’t it be fun to eat with these utensils? :)

Heath Ceramics | Neely Wang Photography

Heath makes their own silverware as well.

Heath Ceramics | Neely Wang Photography

And these cute kid’s bowls, which I’d never let my kids use or even go near for fear of breaking them ;)

Heath Ceramics | Neely Wang Photography

The studio also had this great look kitchen set-up showcasing their tile as well as some other artist’s products.

Heath Ceramics | Neely Wang Photography

Love this simple tea tin packaging!

Heath Ceramics | Neely Wang Photography

Heath Ceramics | Neely Wang Photography

I just liked the texture of this string. That is the nice thing about not being on assignment or on a photoshoot — you can take whatever random things you like! :)

Heath Ceramics | Neely Wang Photography

And their beautiful tile, which I see popping up more and more at Bay Area shops and restaurants. 

Heath Ceramics | Neely Wang Photography

Heath Ceramics | Neely Wang Photography

I couldn’t leave without buying one of there tiny bud vases — eek, now I have 3!

Heath Ceramics | Neely Wang Photography

And these are my absolute favourites — love the shape and smokey grey of these bowls — I would be too scared to use them, but oh so pretty!

Heath Ceramics | Neely Wang Photography

Such a fun place to visit — almost like a modern art museum, but even better since you get to take things home!

Heath Ceramics | Neely Wang Photography

After Heath, we did a quick stop at MUJI since I had been hearing so many good things about it.

MUJI | Neely Wang Photography

Muji is a mixture of clothing, furniture and home decor — very minimal, but very thoughtfully designed with muted, natural colours.

MUJI | Neely Wang Photography

We were in a rush, so I only had time to take a few quick pictures, but loved all these little asian wooden things.

MUJI | Neely Wang Photography

MUJI | Neely Wang Photography

I guess so much of my life does revolve around food — on this trip, all we did was visit places with food and then places with things to put food on — ha! We had lots of fun — so much that we recently took another trip out to the city to visit B. Patisserie to try their famous Kouign Ammans, Outerlands and the General Store. Check back again later to see the highlights of that trip. Enjoy your weekend, and hope you explore somewhere new!


23 comments

  1. I love visiting stores like this. I enjoy how everything is so beautifully laid out.Then again I can also spend hours in bookstores an art and craft stores as well ;)

    • I agree, Tiina — it’s so much fun to visit these kinds of stores! I especially love when they have groupings of items –looks really nice! I can spend hours in bookstores and art stores, too — even though it can drive my husband and kids crazy!

    • Thank you, Raewayn! I wish I had more time to stand there and read all the great information about the cutlery :) — I was too busy taking photos ;)

  2. I love Muji! Never heard of Health Ceramics but I think it’d be a place that I’d like.

    Liking the still life photography, btw. I always find it difficult to make objects look interesting…but your photos are really nice.

    • Thanks for all your kind words, Jpei! Still life is definitely trickier than it seems — I’m still working on it, and find it more interesting to move “myself” rather than the objects, themselves, to get a good composition.

      Muji is such a fun place, and I hope to go back and visit again when I have more time. If you ever are in the San Francisco area, check out Heath Ceramics — they have such beautiful pieces!

  3. I love, love, love the first photo of this post…the colors, composition, depth of field, everything. I couldn’t help but think of how I almost “lost” my car because neither of us could remember where I parked… :D

    • Oh to be able to have a set of dishes like this for my very own — I can only dream! :) And so glad we found your car — I can just imagine you calling your hubby and telling him to pick us up because it somehow disappeared ;)


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