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Photographs: ©Helen Heino

Otto at wheelOtto Heino is an internationally acclaimed potter and welcomes the public to his studio gallery, The Pottery.

Otto is a true craftsman. He has remained true to his vision of pursuing excellence in the art of clay as a potter and sharing his productivity with others.

Otto has a very natural, physical throwing style. He is one of very few potters who can keep a refined shape in a large vessel. An eye for form and skill of throwing aside, Otto's potting requires great strength. Despite his senior citizen status, he is able to throw 100 pounds of clay at once!

Award-winning Pots...

Otto has received the high distinction of a gold medal from the Sixth Biennial International de Ceramique at Vallauris, France in 1978. This accompanies the Diplôme D' Honeur from the International Academy of Ceramics, Cannes, received in 1955.

As a husband and wife team, Otto and Vivika's work is collected world-wide and has been exhibited internationally at the Picasso Museum in Vallauris, France; San Francisco's De Young Museum; Los Angeles' County Art Museum and Craft Folk Art Museum; New York' American Craft Museum; Washington D.C.'s Smithsonian' and Boston's Museum of Fine Arts. Twentieth Century Fox commissioned them to create 751 pieces of pottery for the film, "The Egyptian."