Trading Plates: Heath Ceramics and Skid Row Housing Trust Team Again


We’re already a fan of Heath Ceramics’mid-century modern, handcrafted pottery. So we don’t need much incentive to spend some cheddar there. But just in case you do, perhaps Heath’s partnership with Skid Row Housing Trust will sway you.

SRHT is a non-profit organization that builds and manages supportive housing for the homeless in L.A.’s Skid Row. Heath is supporting SRHT by offering customes a way to trade-in their existing dinnerware (any brand) in exchange for a 25 percent off corresponding Heath Ceramics items. Heath is also accepting straight donations of small household items such as pots and pans on behalf of SRHT. The program starts on August 1st and continues through the month.

According to the press release, the swap is pretty much piece by piece: “bring in 10 of your own dinner plates and receive a 25% discount on 10 new Heath dinner plates; bring in 8 mugs, receive 25% off 8 new Heath mugs, and so on.” In turn, Heath is donating the dinnerware to SRHT who will use them in their community kitchens or give them to newly moved in tenants.

Heath ran a similar campaign last year, collecting more than 4,000 pieces of dinnerware. If Skid Row Housing Trust sounds vaguely familiar, that’s because its communities, designed by architect Michael Maltzan, have been well received by the press and the public. In fact, it was Maltzan who introduced SRHT to Heath. Maltzan’s designs tend to emphasize communal spaces, including the kitchens and dining areas as well as gardens and courtyards.
Want to make a donation? Heath Ceramics is located at 7525 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA (at Sierra Bonita Avenue). For more info, call 323-965-0800.

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