Edith Heath: Design is a System of Values

Lecture | April 9 | 6:30-8 p.m. | Wurster Hall, Wurster Gallery, Room 121

 Rosa Novak

 Environmental Design Archives

In the Brian and Edith Heath Collection of the Environmental Design Archives, there is a small notepad on which Edith Heath wrote, “Design is a system of values.” Heath Ceramics’ designs are recognized for California mid-century aesthetics, but Edith Heath’s ceramic practice both technically and conceptually has the potential to be considered a precursor to the fields of land art and ecological design. This talk will elaborate on the lesser-known work of Edith Heath, situate her practice within a historical context, and critique traditional narratives of mid-century ceramic history.

Rosa Novak is an Oakland artist and researcher working with local clay and sustainable practices in ceramics. She is interested in the intersection of land use histories, soil science, and place-based making as an artist, curator, and writer. Novak earned her BFA from the ceramics program at California College of the Arts (CCA) and was a 2017 Windgate Fellow. She has spoken at the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts, Mills College and CCA on the life and work of Edith Heath. Novak is a co-founder of Mutual Stores, a new collective studio, residency program, and project space in Oakland.

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