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This exceptional pair of raku pottery sculptures were created and signed by noted Oregon potter Barb Hertel. Impressive in size, they feature abstract designs and varied surfaces on classically modernist shapes. The predominant color is loden green, with touches of cream, burgundy and black. The glazed surfaces are somewhat glossy and have a metallic sheen. Weighing a bit over 8 pounds together, the taller of the pair is shaped somewhat like a trapezium, rising to a peak 10 1/2 inches high and having a depth of 4 inches and a width of 7 inches at its widest. The smaller of the two is 8 inches tall and has a 6 inch square top tapering to a 3 inch square base; it is, in technical terms, an inverted isosceles trapezoid. Both are masterful ceramic sculptures of great beauty.
Barb Hertel is a well-known and highly respected potter in Forest Grove, Oregon, near Portland, who has won many awards for her art works. While earning a Master's Degree in Art from 1984 to 1986 at Fontbonne College in St. Louis, Mo., she began making pottery. Ms. Hertel had taught art for the past 20 years when she took a sabbatical to work on her advanced degree. She turned to clay to express herself with sculptural pottery. Works by Frank Lloyd Wright and Henry Moore are among her sources of inspiration. These pieces are some of her earlier works, from the 1990's, and we believe are some of her best. They are in excellent condition and focal points in any room in your home.