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Otagiri, Japan

Otagiri, Japan

Ceramic 7 x 1.5 inches

Otagiri Manufacturing Company was an importer of Japanese stoneware and ceramics between 1958 and 1994. Although Otagiri is the name of a company, the term is often used to describe a style of stoneware that was sold in West Coast department stores and souvenir shops. Particularly popular with collectors are the Polynesian-themed pieces.”

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Heer, Peggy

Heer, Peggy (1944-1999)

Ceramist Peggy Heer was born in Lethbridge, Alberta in 1941. She finished high school in Stettler and first became interested in making pottery in 1967 after seeing a neighbour with some home-made clay bottles. She began her clay studies at the Edmonton Potter’s Building (1968-1974), and at Studio West (1971-1974), and then took classes at the Banff School of Fine Arts (1975) and the University of Alberta (1984-1986), where she studied in the Bachelor of Arts program, majoring in art and design. A founding member of the Arts and Crafts Society of Alberta, she was also a member of several other arts organizations, including the Canadian Craft Counsel, the 7 Arts Club, the Alberta Fine Arts Association, and the Edmonton Potters Guild. She worked constantly to improve her skills, attending courses and workshops, and became a highly regarded teacher. Over her thirty-year career, Peggy Heer explored a variety of clay media and techniques, ranging from porcelain to stoneware, and from fired glazes to airbrush application. All of her work was designed for functional use, but she was very involved in the creative side of her craft and approached each piece as an individual artwork with it’s own aesthetic existence. Her artworks were widely collected and were featured in numerous exhibitions” from

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Peggy Heer  (1944-1999)
Ceramic, 5.75 x 4.5 Inches

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LoPinto, Franco

LoPinto, Franco

Franco LoPinto
Ceramic Pot 12.5 inches tall

“Born in Italy 1954, Franco LoPinto lives and works in the Rocky Mountain foothills, just east of Kananaskis Country in Millarville, Alberta, Canada.

The land, the animals, the weather, the peoples of this land and their spirit – all influence his work.

His creative process involves the elements. Working with the earth (clay), fire (the kiln), air and water, it is his intention to present a vision of beauty in a simple elegant way. The vision is the love he imparts upon each unique, organic creation.” http://www.lopintopottery.com/

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