By the important bi-coastal art pottery makers and teachers VIVIKA and OTTO HEINO, a large ceramic pot, 11 3/4" diameter by 10 3/4", signed in the wet clay underneath VIVIKA + OTTO, and dated there with what appears to be "70" or "90". The beautiful pot is of a beautiful gentle color, and blaze glaze design makes for a simple and elegant work indeed. Unfortunately the pot was damaged somewhat before it came into my possession---there is a chip at the top on the black lip. An attempt was made by someone to match the damaged area to the surrounding black, with paint or other dark substance. Still, the pot retains its beauty and it could be restored of course. Ceramic works by the couple are prized in the art pottery market, appearing at auctions. Otto Heino (1915-2009) was born in Connecticut of Finnish heritage. He studied ceramics after the War on the GI Bill, in New Hampshire at the League of New Hampshire Arts and Crafts. It was there that he met Vivika, his teacher. They were married in 1950. From that time on they were somewhat bi-coastal, living in California in 1952, where Vivika taught at the University of Southern California ceramics department. Otto also taught but preferred being in the studio. By 1963 they were back in the east, she teaching at the Rhode Island School of Design, and they re-opened a studio in Hopkinton, NH. Later they moved back to California, to Ojai, where the purchased the home of famous ceramics artist Beatrice Wood. Late in life they were well known and their works were very sought after, and Otto became famous (and wealthy) for his having figured out the lost secret of how to re-create an ancient Chinese yellow glaze. Due to the obviously delicate nature of this item, it is available for local pickup only---no shipping.
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