Otto and Vivika Heino

1915-2009 and 1910-1995, American

Charger with impressed leaf motifs in black and brown glaze, 1990

Glazed stoneware
Incised signature and date: Vivika + Otto / '90
2.25" H x 17" W x 16.25" D

  • Notes: Otto Heino (1915-2009) was born in Connecticut to Finnish immigrant parents. Heino served five years in the US Air Force in London during World War II and would spend his military leave watching Bernard Leach throw pots which impacted Heino's passion for pottery. After his return, Heino studied at the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen in 1949, where he met his teacher Vivika Heino (nee Place), who later became his wife a year later in 1950. The pair then became a husband-wife team which opened a pottery workshop together.

    Otto Heino took many influences, ranging from Japanese folk pottery to Scandinavian Modernism and even British ceramics. However, he created his pottery by throwing and glazing his works himself. After more than a decade of consistent practice, Otto and Vivika discovered a new formula for a glaze that nearly replicated a long-lost formula resulting in buttery yellow tones that are stylistically similar to Chinese pottery made during the era of the Qin Dynasty (221-206 BC).
  • Condition: Overall good condition with shelf wear, scattered minor scuffs, and inherent firing flaws commensurate with age.

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