East Hampton (Middlesex, Connecticut)
Otto Heino dies at 94; master potter created 'hearty and gutsy' pieces

Otto Heino, the Ojai-based master potter, educator and symbol of the midcentury California studio crafts movement who along with his late wife, Vivika, reformulated a lost-to-the-ages Chinese glaze that made him a multimillionaire, has died. He was 94. Heino died Thursday of acute renal failure at Community Memorial Hospital in Ventura, said George Gemmingen, a friend. The Finnish American Heino, who worked in collaboration with his wife until her death in 1995, earned an international reputation for robust yet beautiful wheel-thrown stoneware with artistically applied glazes that included glossy cobalt blues, silky reds and raspy earth tones. In the mid-1990s, he became celebrated in...