Rupert J. Deese dies at 85

Franciscan Pottery mourns the death of Rupert J. Deese on 27 July 2010, just two days after Max Lawrence died.

"He made elegant vessel ceramics in functional forms that were very well suited to the modern California home," Bobbye Tigerman, assistant curator of decorative arts and design at the museum, said.  "They fulfilled contemporary needs…. He was very much in touch with how Californians lived."

He worked in his studio during off hours, after his day jobs teaching art at Mt. San Antonio College or designing dinnerware for Franciscan. 


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