My sister and I spent a recent Saturday morning visiting Heath Ceramics in Sausalito,CA. Made in the US since Heath Ceramics was founded in 1948, I was fascinated to learn the history of the lovely, timeless ceramics created here.
During a factory tour, I was impressed with the obvious passion our tour guide had for the products. She carefully handled cups and vases mid-production as she explained the next manufacturing step. Some of the builders, creators,and glazers have worked there since the 1970’s, a sure sign of loyalty for Heath Ceramics.
As a business owner, I appreciate how the vision of the founder Edith Heath lives on in the current business. Even with an ownership change in 2003, Heath Ceramics has products at the Smithsonian and other museums, classic styles. They recently took control of their product distribution, after being sold at a high- end retailers like Gump’s.
What lessons for success can a small consulting firm learn from factory tour of a ceramics firm? Many, it turns out–
- Enduring aesthetics/ design while remaining contemporary
- Product line transformation and expansion
- Attention to detail
- Loyal client base
- Listening to the customer
- Willingness to change
- Staying true to your products/services
- Changing distribution methods as needed
- Ongoing quest for improve knowledge and practices
I purchased a simple white serving bowl for myself (and a couple gifts for friends). Timeless, useful, and a reminder to always strive for more in my business.
The journey continues.