The Landing / Myrton Purkiss

Myrton Purkiss: Paintings on Clay, 1930 - 1960
The Landing at Reform
Opening Reception: Thursday, February 7th, 6 - 9 pm
On Display: February 7th - March 28th

For the second show at The Landing, Gerard O'Brien is reaching into his private stash of ceramics by Myrton Purkiss.
Originally from Canada, Purkiss ended up calling Fullerton, California home. He studied under Glen Lukens at Fullerton High School and at USC.  He was drafted into the allied forces in WWII and served as a cartographer in Europe where he extended his interest in ceramics by visiting potters in England and France. As a 29 year-old veteran, Purkiss returned to Fullerton and opened a small ceramics shop in his backyard.  Mryton's form of choice was the hand-painted plate.  That form was transformed into a clay painting with an addition of a looped wire on the back after a woman commented that his plates were too nice to use. Soon after, Purkiss was being included in major ceramics exhibition, including the Scripps College Annuals, Pacific Coast Ceramic Exhibitions, Syracuse Nationals and 6000 Years of Art in Clay.
Myrton's interest in horticulture was evident in many of his designs. It eventually led him into a career in landscape architecture after he closed his ceramics business in the mid-1950s.  Purkiss died in 1978.
Purkiss and his plates.

This is the platter Gerard O'Brien lent to the AMOCA Common Ground exhibition in 2011.

That's the same plater shown in 6000 Years Art in Clay in 1952. It' a big deal. 

Source: Common Ground: Ceramics in Southern California 1945–1975 Photo by Burton Frasher Jr.

There's an article about the Landing in the current issue of Angeleno.
You can see an earlier post on the Morgan MacLean show at the Landing here

Grossman House / Claircrest Drive

Grossman House, Claircrest Drive, Los Angeles
Sadly, the house doesn't exist anymore.
Image: Domus

Grossman House, Claircrest Drive, Los Angeles
Image: Domus

Grossman House, Claircrest Drive, Los Angeles
Source: Greta Magunusson Grossman: A Car and Some Shorts

Claircrest Drive - In color!
Image: Domus

Check out that  Tackett Associates for Freeman Lederman lidded bowl on the table.
Image: Domus

There it is again.
Image: Domus

Here's mine. It's probably Kenji Fujita. It's just signed with the Taclkett Associates mark.

There's that sweet little prototype lamp near the front on the left. 
Source: Domus

Grossman House, Claircrest Drive, Los Angeles
Source: Domus

Grossman House, Claircrest Drive, Los Angeles
Source: Domus

LA / Pottery Show

This weekend was the Los Angles Pottery Show

A bulk of the show is this kind of pottery. Besides maybe some Catalina tile I can't tell you what any of this stuff is.

I can tell you this is a mammoth Raul Coronel. This was in my friend Michael Hickman's booth. He is one of the four or so dealers 
at the show who specializes in modern studio ceramics.  He also throws a good pot himself. I wish I would have
taken a photo of one of his pieces. 

 He also had this really cool Michael Frimkess piece.

A monster Frank Matranga lamp, also at Hickman's booth.

Frank had a booth at the show with his newer work. 

A really good Myrton Purkiss plate

Who knew Harrison McIntosh did glass?
A very limited number were done by Mikasa for a fundraiser.
I knew about the dishes for Mikasa, but glass? Those lines are classic McIntosh.
It's hand-signed.

Marg Loring lamp. I really like that. 

Look what I found... Doyle Lane weed vases.
They look good on my dashboard too.

I also picked up this sweet little Vivika and Otto Heino vase.

I'm a sucker for rock form pots.

I stopped off over at J Crew and look what they had on the shelf, a great David Cressey pot.
How does that happen?

Noguchi / Genius


Isamu Noguchi was a genius

Source: Interiors, 1949

Snapshot in Sculpture / Terminal 2

Typical airport art - Bust of Charles Lindbergh 

What's that under the Spirit of St. Louis in Terminal 2 at Lindbergh Field?

Snapshot in Sculpture: 1960's San Diego Midcentury Art. Curated by Dave Hampton 

The exhibit includes work by Russell Baldwin, Jean Balmer, Barney Reid, Jack Boyd and many more.  

It wouldn't be a Hampton production without some good ephemera. 

Jean Balmer

James Hubbell

Erik Gronborg

Joe Nyiri

Jack Boyd

Jean Balmer

Berkeley / Conover

Luther Conover with the Berkeley in the background. 
Conover operated his Trade Fair gift shop aboard the Berkeley from 1960-1973.

Photo: CA Modern magazine

Yes, that Luther Conover

The Berkeley was built in 1898 and operated as a San Francisco ferry until it was retired in 1958. 

Conover was a boat enthusiast. He purchased the Berkeley in 1959 and according to historic preservation documentation
he saved the vessel from being converted into a marine animal processing plant . It's noted in that he took very good care 
of it during the time he owned it. The ship-shop was located at the Northwest Pacific Railroad ferry slip in Sausalito.

More than you ever wanted to know about the Berkeley can be found here.

Trade Fair Catalog

Photo: CA Modern magazine

In 1973 Conover sold the Berkeley to the San Diego Maritime Museum for $100,000. It was towed 455 miles to San Diego 
where it was restored.  The Berkeley is still in San Diego and is now a "museumvessel" owned by the San Diego Maritime Museum. 

Conover's Trade Fair gift shop

Photo: CA Modern magazine

The Berkeley today

Conover making sales

Photo: CA Modern magazine

The Berkeley still has a shop, though no cool Trade Fair gear. There wasn't even a Berkeley t-shirt, 
you know to impress my Pacifica aficionado friends.  


I was hoping to find some remnants of Conover onboard but this expanded metal was the closest thing I could find.
Maybe Muriel? Yeah, I doubt it. 

I'm pretty sure that Hallicrafters radio on top was designed by Raymond Loewy

My souvenir