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Ou Museum Opens Frankoma Exhibit

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Here is something fun to do if you are in or around Oklahoma City. The Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art on the campus of OU announced this week an exhibit of Frankoma pottery. The exhibit is a collection of Frankoma ceramic pieces as well as items from students and colleagues.

Frankoma founder John Frank studied at OU in the 1920's and was named director of OU's School of Art in 1927.

From the April 25, 2012 issue of the Oklahoma Daily:

The first is called “Wagon Wheel Place Setting,” and is made out of both Ada and Sapulpa clay with a prairie green glaze. This place setting was made in 1948 and each piece has some sort of wagon wheel or wagon spoke that makes the entire set cohesive, Aebersold said.

“This is probably the most iconic piece in the collection,” she said.

The second place setting is called “Mayan Aztec Place Setting.” This place setting also uses both clays but is glazed in desert gold. There are little Aztec or Mayan symbols around the outer edges of the plates and saucers as well as on the cups and pitcher, Aebersold said.

The other artists featured in the Frankoma Exhibit were either students or colleagues of Frank’s here at OU or in Oklahoma, she said.

Joe Taylor, a former sculpture professor, was a good friend of Frank and was asked to be a part of Frankoma, but declined the offer, Aebersold said. Taylor did, however, give art to Frank to contribute to Frankoma and those pieces are on display, she said.

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Here is the full article on the Frankoma pottery exhibit.

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