This exciting new event in the Design by Hand series – from the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum – focuses on the craftsmanship, innovations and merits of pioneering design organisations, and is held from 6 to 10 May during NYCxDESIGN.

The program, which runs for a week and is made possible by the support of Van Cleef & Arpels, will spotlight Heath Ceramics whose iconic tiles and tableware are made in small runs on sites in Sausalito, California, and in a new San Francisco tile factory.

Heath Ceramics has been in production since 1948 and is considered among the most enduring examples of mid-century modern design, known for their simple yet functionally designed tableware and tile.

“Launched to sold-out audiences in fall 2013 with Marimekko, the Design by Hand series demonstrates the appeal and ongoing interest in the role the human hand plays in the design process,” said Caroline Baumann, director.

“From its very beginning, Heath Ceramics has focused on hand craftsmanship, material exploration, concept development and design process, making them a perfect study for our Design by Hand series.”

Cooper-Hewitt’s programs with Heath Ceramics features a hands-on teen workshop, an adult workshop, a college workshop, a public lecture and family workshops.

The teen program, which is essential to the museum’s goal of developing the designers of tomorrow, is free and will focus on creating ceramic beads, working with Heath designers to explore texture, pattern and glaze. The university program is also free and focuses on line and ergonomics.

General admission to the adults workshop is $50, or $25 for Cooper-Hewitt members.

Advanced registration is required. Follow the link to find out more information about pricing, times and programs, and to register for the event.

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