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11/6/09 1:09 P

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Hello SP potters,How goes it with the clay?Are you working on anything special? I have a little craft show coming up this next weekend and thought I would take down some of my pottery pieces as well as some of my handmade jewelry.I got a nice small load out of my kiln this morning,hope to make a special necklace for my sister down in AZ.I love working with the clay and even polyclay for some of my jewelry designs.Write when you get a chance and tell me more about your clay projects.CL in Oregon



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11/6/09 12:55 P

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Hi Claylady001,

You are so right......Otto was such an inspiration!! Not only was he and his wife wonderful potters but they also made us see that you can really make a career out of pottery. That you can take something that you love and make it a lifelong passion.

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11/5/09 8:31 P

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Yes,Otto was quite the potter and glaze creator.He will be missed.I have read several articles about him in Ceramics Monthly mag. I knew he was quite old but didn't know exactly when he died.His works are in many different world class gallerys and rightfully so.He was quite an inspiration to a lot of up and coming potters.



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Otto Heino


Otto Heino, the Ojai-based master potter, educator and symbol of the midcentury California studio crafts movement who along with his late wife, Vivika, reformulated a lost-to-the-ages Chinese glaze that made him a multimillionaire, died this year in 2009. He was 94.

The Finnish American Heino, who worked in collaboration with his wife until her death in 1995, earned an international reputation for robust yet beautiful wheel-thrown stoneware with artistically applied glazes that included glossy cobalt blues, silky reds and raspy earth tones.

In the mid-1990s, he became celebrated in Asia for a buttery yellow glaze that he and his wife had labored on for more than a decade. He claimed to have been offered millions for the formula but never sold it.

Otto's work is a wonderful blending of Scandinavian modernism and Japanese folk pottery," said Jo Lauria, a coauthor of the ceramics book "Color and Fire" (2000). "He had a macho relationship with clay, and it was a badge of honor to be able to throw huge pieces, but they were always functional, emphasizing the sensuality of the glaze, the way in which it catches the light and invites you to touch it."

Heino's handmade vessels, which retain the ridges his fingers formed when shaping the clay, exhibit a style that was wholly his own.

He will be sadly missed.

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