Heather Louise McCartney (born Heather Louise See; December 31, 1962) is an American-British potter and artist who is the daughter of Linda McCartney and adopted daughter of Paul McCartney.
McCartney was born in Tucson, Arizona, to Linda Eastman (later McCartney) and Joseph Melville See, Jr. (April 19, 1938– March 19, 2000), an American geologist. Her parents separated after eighteen months of marriage, with her mother marrying Paul McCartney in 1969 when Heather was six years old. During this time Heather was formally adopted by McCartney, also making an appearance in the Beatles film Let It Be. A half-sister, Mary, was born in 1969, followed by another half-sister, Stella, in 1971 and a half-brother, James, in 1977. Although Heather has said that her biological father had a lifelong influence on her, she considers Paul McCartney to be her father.
McCartney began showing an interest in art, taking up printing at the Photographers’ Workshop in Covent Garden and winning the Young Black and White Printer of the Year Award in Ilford for a photo she called “Waterfall”. She later went on to art college, where she focused on pottery and design. McCartney was hospitalized briefly in her twenties for treatment of an emotional disorder and traveled to Mexico a few years after being released, where she lived among natives of the Huichol and Tarahumara tribes. McCartney later moved to Arizona to live with her biological father and eventually returned to England to work as a potter.
In line with the beliefs of her parents and half-siblings, she is a vegetarian and is passionate about animal rights.
In 1999 McCartney launched a line of houseware products called the Heather McCartney Houseware Collection.