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Myrton Purkiss
20th century Ceramist
American, b. 1916
Myrton Purkiss was born in Victoria, British Columbia in 1916. He developed an interest in clay while a student of Glen Lukens at Fullerton High School, where he grew up. He studied at the Chouinard Art Institute and later resumed studies with Lukens at the University of Southern California.  In 1938 he opened his own studio pottery in Fullerton, and soon received favorable attention for his work. Although military service interupted his work for three years in the early 1940s, he was able to do some ceramic research in England and France during this time.  The research done at this time resulted in a compelling interest in majolica technique, which he practiced in his pottery after the war. He participated in the Ceramic National in 1941 and from 1947 through 1952. In 1952 he served as a member of the regional jury in Los Angeles. After 1954 he turned to a successful career in landscape architecture.

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Plate 76.2.40

Plate 76.2.41

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