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Frankoma Pottery Exhibition

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April 20 - October 7, 2012

 

Buy the exhibition catalog here.

 

Works of one of Oklahoma’s favorite potters, John Frank, are featured in a new exhibition, Oklahoma Clay: Frankoma Pottery, opening Friday, April 20, at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art. The exhibit features a selection of work from Frank’s Oklahoma-based pottery factory that manufactured unique and collectable ceramics for more than 50 years.

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“This exhibit gives the University a great opportunity to honor the pioneer contributions made by John Frank to our School of Art, especially our ceramics program,” said OU President David L. Boren. “He came from the Chicago Arts Institute to start the ceramics program at OU. Using Oklahoma clay, he shaped ceramic pieces that would make him well known across Oklahoma and even around the world. Countless Oklahoma dinner tables were graced with his dinner ware.”


“It is a great pleasure to celebrate the life and works of a true Oklahoma artist,” said Ghislain d’Humières, director of the art museum at OU. “John Frank’s legacy continues both in the artistic integrity and the continued collectivity of works created in his factory nearly 80 years ago.”


In 1927, Frank founded a ceramics program at OU, where he taught for eight years. While teaching at the university, he established Frankoma Pottery, using local clays with colors and designs symbolic of the Southwest and Great Plains.

 

His tableware fit the modern mode of living and was well-crafted at affordable prices. This exhibition surveys some of the most iconic pieces Frankoma produced and the frontier spirit of Oklahoma that inspired Frank’s work.

 

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Top, right

“Spire” Vase

Ceramic, Frankoma

Loan courtesy of President

David L. and Molly Shi Boren

 

 

Top, left

Wagon Wheel Teapot and Salt and Pepper Shakers, Prairie Green

Ceramic, Frankoma

Loan courtesy of President

David L. and Molly Shi Boren

 

 

Lazybones Covered Baker,

Clay Blue

Ceramic, Frankoma

Loan courtesy of President

David L. and Molly Shi Boren