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Barbara Willis dies at 94; California ceramist
Barbara Willis dies at 94; California ceramist

Nearly 40 years after she had stopped producing pottery, Barbara Willis made a startling discovery at a Long Beach flea market in 1995. Without her knowledge, she had become a highly collectible artist. After she pointed to a vase and said, "I made that," she learned that her vibrantly colored, crackle-glaze pottery from the 1940s and '50s was in demand. Collectors had been searching for her for years. Prodded by fans, Willis re-started her career as a ceramist when she was in her late 70s, hand-molding pieces in her Malibu kitchen. The first time around, she was among the first to adapt studio techniques to commercial pottery, using molds to mass produce simple geometric...

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