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Heath (Brian & Edith)/Heath Ceramics Collection
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Documents the Heath's personal lives and the progression of Heath Ceramics. The collection consists of nine series: Personal Papers, Professional Papers, Office Records, Project Records, N.S. Gustin, Ione Factory, Tahlequah Factory, Art and Artifacts, and Additional Donations. Included in these series are correspondence, art work, photographs, slides, drawings, production records, and samples of tile and stoneware.
Edith [Kiertzner] Heath was born on May 25, 1911 (official birth certificate date, alternative date is May 24, 1911) in the farming community of Ida Grove, Iowa the second of seven children born to Danish immigrants. Early in life Edith often took on a mothering role with her siblings, a theme that would continue throughout her life and laid the foundation for her decision to become a teacher. Brian was born on October 6, 1913, in Bridgeport, Connecticut.Edith Heath and her husband, Brian started Heath Ceramics in 1944. That year production began in a San Francisco ceramics studio owned by Gump's department store. This came about as a result of Gump's personnel seeing Edith's show at the Palace of the Legion of Honor and recognizing the uniqueness and quality of her ceramic designs.
57 Cubic Feet 17 cartons, 11 document boxes, 1 "shoe" box, 2 photo boxes, 1 CD box, 5 small flat boxes, 5 medium flat boxes, 2 large flat boxes, 6 artifact boxes, 5 flat file drawers.
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Collection is open for research.