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As part of National Hispanic Heritage Month, Beatriz Ball spoke to the Upper School on September 24. She discussed growing up in Mexico, her highly successful tableware company, and her deep Sacred Heart roots.
Born in Havana, Cuba, Beatriz grew up in Mexico, where she began collaborating with local metal artisans as they transitioned from working with high-priced silver to a new and durable metal alloy. In 1991, she launched the BEATRIZ BALL Collection, a tableware company based in New Orleans’ Garden District, and she maintains her own foundry in Mexico. Her acclaimed products, including items in metal, wood, melamine, glass, acrylic, and linen, are available in over 1,500 independently owned shops, as well as Neiman Marcus, Harrods, and Selfridges, and through her company website, www.beatrizball.com. A five-time winner of the ARTS Award in the Tabletop category, her products were chosen as one of “Oprah’s Favorite Things” in 2017.
Beatriz also shared her seven-generation Sacred Heart legacy. Her great-great grandmother attended the first Sacred Heart school founded by St. Madeleine Sophie Barat in France. Beatriz attended Sacred Heart in both Cuba and Mexico, and she has several granddaughters who graduated or currently attend the Rosary and Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart in Houston. Her great-grandmother, grandmother, and aunts also attended Sacred Heart schools in Cuba, France, Mexico, Philadelphia, New York, and Miami.