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Bottle Vase

20th c
11 1/2 in. x 7 in. (29.21 cm x 17.78 cm)

Vivika and Otto Heino,
Otto Heino, American, (April 20, 1915–July 16, 2009)
Vivika Heino (aka Vivien Place, Vivika Timeriasieff), American, (June 27, 1910–September 1, 1995)

Object Type: Ceramic
Creation Place: North America, United States, California
Medium and Support: Stoneware
Credit Line: Gift of Hal Nelson and Bernard Jazzar in memory of Harold B. Nelson Sr.
Accession Number: 94.31

As with their earlier work -- "Plate" of approximately 1957 -- "Bottle Vase" of ca. 1994 was produced as a collaboration beetween the husband and wife ceramists Otto (Born 1915) and Vivika (1910 - 1995) Heino. As in most of their work, Otto made the vessel and Vivika decorated it.

The influcence of Asian Art - particularly Japanese brush painting - is evident in the highly energetic decoration of this vessel. While she pursued a more naturalistic, descriptive approach to the image of bamboo shoots in "Plate," in "Bottle Vase" Vivika used vivid and seemingly random patterns to create a powerfully expressive force and high charged visual energy.

1996: "When Brightness Comes: Selections from the Permanent Collection," March 2 - June 23, 1996, Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, California
1994: "Independent Visions: California Modernism," September 3 - November 20, 1994, Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, California

Object Description
Functional Stoneware vase

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  • H: 11 1/2; Diam: 7 inches Dimensions: 11 1/2 x 7 in. (29.21 x 17.78 cm)

Provenance History
  • Owner Name: Harold B. Nelson and Bernard Jazzar
    Role: collectors
    Place: Ojai, California
    Dates: 7/1/1994, 12/2/1994

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