John Frank’s pottery is said to possess Oklahoma’s frontier spirit in every piece of fine tableware, vase and figurine that came from the Frankoma Pottery factory in Sapulpa. A new exhibit on the University of Oklahoma campus examines the unique story, properties and qualities that made the brand beloved by collectors and admired by consumers. Oklahoma Clay: Frankoma Pottery opens April 20 at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art and runs through Sept. 16. The exhibit focuses on the local clays, colors and designs evocative of the Southwest and Great Plain prevalent in the many unique pieces Frank and his artisans created as far back as the 1933, the official beginning to his smart, beautiful and affordable lines that most families could own and admire in their own homes.

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