When John Frank came to the University of Oklahoma in 1927, he brought with him a strong background in pottery design and creation. Even as a young man, he had deep moral and spiritual convictions, and he passionately committed himself to working hard and serving his community. He channeled those attributes into his teaching and into the founding of a pottery business, Frankoma Pottery. The name affirmed his intent to create a true Oklahoma pottery, made only from Oklahoma clay and featuring iconic southwestern and Great Plains colors and symbolic designs.
This exhibition is a celebration of the vision of John Frank and his wife, Grace Lee, of Frankoma Pottery and of the talented designers, artisans, and engineers who were part of the larger Frankoma family. We are indebted to University of Oklahoma First Lady Molly Shi Boren, who first suggested that we explore the idea of an exhibition of Frankoma Pottery. Her interest was inspired by the Frankoma Wagon Wheel dinnerware used for many years at the Methodist Church in Stratford, Oklahoma, where she grew up.
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