Ron Krogh 1971 Stoneware "Newspaper" Vase Apollo 11 Moon Walk Signed
This vase is undoubtedly one of the more unusual studio pottery pieces we've ever offered. The potter, Ron Krogh, was a ceramics instructor in Bountiful, Utah, in the late 1960's. A piece of his pottery is in the permanent collection of the American Museum of ceramic art in Pomona, California. This heavy stoneware vase is "wrapped" in pottery pages printed from the Ogden, Utah Standard-Examiner dated July 21, 1969. On one side of the vase the headline is "Moon Walk," while on the other side it's "Apollo 11 Landing." Another side recounts "Nixon Flies to Splashdown Site." The rough stoneware itself is glazed on the interior in a greenish gray, while most of the exterior was left unglazed. Every inch of the surface of this vase is different and fascinating. It's signed on the bottom by the artist, who dated the piece 71 beneath his signature.
This vase stands 10 1/4 inches tall, is approximately 5 1/2 inches by 6 inches and weighs an impressive 4 pounds, 6 ounces. There is a crack at the top; we believe this occurred during the firing. The protruding bits are all there but there seem to be a few small chips scattered about; given the rough-hewn nature of this vase it's difficult to be sure.
Whether you call this brutalist or funky, it's definitely a distinctive work by an expert potter, a work of art to be treasured.