APU Recognizes Renowned Potter

by Kyle Richardson '06

The Ancient Chinese once used a rare, beautiful yellow glaze in their pottery. The formula used to produce this glaze had been lost for centuries, until Otto Heino came along.

Heino was recently honored by Azusa Pacific University for his commitment to Christ, Scholarship, Community, and Service with the APU Cornerstone Award for Lifetime Achievement. On Wednesday, April 13, a reception celebrated Heino's achievements and recognized him as the first-ever recipient of the award.

Dozens of members of APU's Department of Art, as well as friends and colleagues of Heino's gathered to hear his stories. Afterwards, the 89-year-old World War II veteran signed copies of his newly released book, titled The Art of Vivika and Otto Heino. Because of the rarity of the formula he discovered in 1995, his highly sought-after pots average $25,000 a piece; however, several of his pots will be on display in APU's Hugh and Hazel Darling Library through June 2005.

For more information on the award or exhibit, contact APU's Office of University Advancement at (626) 815-5333.