By the important bi-coastal art pottery makers and teachers VIVIKA and OTTO HEINO, a squarish shaped wall plaque or plate, somewhat concave in design, 11 3/4" diameter by 11 3/4", signed underneath VIVIKA + OTTO. The piece is a natural reddish-brown color with a glaze applied, and bamboo sprig or grasses motif makes for a simple and elegant organic work with an Asian touch. 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.
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