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Studio Pottery by Bob Nash (1918-2008), bohemian artist of Big Sur
For your consideration, a rare ceramic cup created by Bob Nash of Big Sur, California. Bob Nash lived in a tiny, bare-bones shack on the edge of the Big Sur forest, since the early `70s. He actually arrived in Big Sur in 1951 and spent some years living extremely simply, in shacks, tents, and under the redwoods. He was a handyman/caretaker on Partington Ridge, while his wife Rosa (a former nun from a teaching order, the Immaculate Heart of Mary) was a tutor to several local children. Bob tended roses in his small garden, removed rattlesnakes at the property owner's request, made pottery and created thousands of his unique and mysterious "line drawings. He was friendly with famous ridge resident Henry Miller, often dining with him and observing the intellectual, bohemian world that Miller enjoyed. During this time Bob became inspired to become an artist. This rare and charming work was created in 1988 and measures 4" tall and 3 3/8" in diameter. It is signed "Nash" "Big Sur" "1988", and features beige colored glaze with blue details. The piece was created to look like leather and redwood bark, and has the words "love" in several places (including the inside bottom). It is in excellent condition except for one chip. Historic and wonderful.
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