Otto + Vivika Heino
Americans: Otto (1915-2009), Vivika (1910-1995)
Bowl Vivika Heino • Porcelain 2-3/4” x 5-7/8” x 5-7/8”
Vessel Otto Heino • Porcelain 4-1/2” x 7” x 7”
After 47 years of marriage, Vivika Heino died at the age of 85 leaving one mystery unsolved: the recipe for a revolutionary new yellow glaze. Her husband, Otto, finished the experiments, perfected the recipe and dedicated his find to Vivika’ s memory. This is the Heino’ s story in a nutshell. Vivika and Otto fit together like the last two pieces in a complex puzzle. Their mutual bond was a love of well-crafted, innovative ceramics, blending clay and glaze.
Otto, seeking to unwind after over 40 WWII combat air missions, studied art with one of Europe’s most avant garde ceramicists, igniting the first leg of the love triangle that would define his life. Returning to New York, he continued his ceramics studies and fell in love with his teacher, Vivika. She became the second leg of the triangle. From then forward, every piece of art created by either was signed Otto + Vivika. And, clay ceramics makes three.
“What you give away you have forever. What you keep to yourself, you lose.”
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