Wonderful small studio stoneware coin bank art object, produced at the Chouinard Art Institute in the 1950s-60s. Some have said the "c" mark on bottom denotes pieces that were made by Otto and Vivika Heino, but we can't say that for sure. Flattened spherical modern form with three feet on bottom. Rough stoneware construction with white and black swirl glaze on two sides. Coin slot cut in the top - no plug to remove coins on the bottom so it appears that if you wanted to get coins out you had to break it.
Incised on bottom with a "c" enclosed in a vase/pot mark that was used at Chouinard. Interestingly, the mark was designed by Cliff Stewart and used by the Heinos until Ralph Bacerra begain teaching there at which point he began to also use it. Have read that this mark was used by students and instructors on pieces that were offered at one of the exhibition sales at Chouinard, however other people have stated that students did not use the mark.
In good vintage condition, with no cracks or chips. A small firing crack to the clay on the bottom. Some light crazing. Green felt feet.
Measures about 3 1/2 inches by 3 1/4 inches wide, and about 3 3/4 inches tall.