A silverton mountain vase. Signed by Franz Kriwanek (1920-1994, American). 20 x 11 cm (7.9 x 4.3 inches). Franz Kriwanek, artist, potter, professor and author renown for blending clays and glazes from soils and minerals of the San Juan Mountains near Silverton Colorado. Pottery made from these mixtures is very durable with a distinctive allure. When Germany conquered Czechoslovakia, Kriwanek was forcibly drafted into the German Army. He was then sent to North Africa desert, but one morning when he and the other forced draftees awoke, they were alone. Kriwanek was sent to the Prisoner of War Camp in Clarinda, where he, an artist by trade, began painting again, specifically illustrations of the camp. Once the war was over, he was released and returned to Europe, where he lived in the Netherlands for four years. In fact, Winegardner said a family in Shenandoah sent Kriwanek to the University of Iowa where he could obtain his teaching degree. He then taught in Shenandoah for one year, followed by Mount Pleasant, Iowa. PROVENANCE: Private collector Missouri City, Texas, United States)
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