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Otto Heino


Vivika Heino



17.5 x 8.5 x 8.5 in.
Museum Permanent Collection

Jar is a prime example of Otto and Vivika Heino’s mature style of large-scale vessels. It flirts with the borders of being sculptural yet displays a deeply expressionistic application of glaze. The unglazed portions of the surface create a negative space that allows the earthen quality of the stoneware to shine through, accentuating the plant-like appearance of the splashed glaze. The Heinos sold their work largely for domestic interiors. When displayed in the home with grasses or plants inside the vessel, the organic material becomes an extension of the glaze.

Otto and Vivika Heino encouraged an environment of collaboration, experimentation, and individuality amongst themselves and their students. In contrast to some of their contemporaries, they firmly believed that technical knowledge of ceramics should be shared and disseminated. The couple freely shared their knowledge of clay bodies, glaze chemistries, and firing techniques. For nearly fifty years, Otto and Vivika shared a studio space, working both independently and collaboratively. Their pots are always signed with both of their names, regardless of who produced them.

Matthew Limb

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