Life by Design

These Twin Citians all share a love of fine craftmanship.

Life by Design
Photographs by Jake Armour
Built for 2 Twin Cities collectors John Oliva and Nancy Krant have this Tom Oliphant-designed chair at their beach house in Connecticut.

Handle with Care
One of the artists Jeremy Mayberg admires most is Native American potter Marvin Blackmore, a regular at the American Craft Council show whose ornate, intricately patterned ceramics sell for thousands of dollars. Mayberg owns two small bowls by Blackmore and would like to collect more, but most of the artist’s work is priced out of his range, he says. Still, when Mayberg was asked what object he’d like to appear with in the photo at right, he facetiously mentioned a large Blackmore pot he’d seen a couple of years before at a gallery in Santa Fe. Mayberg was joking, mostly, but after a phone call to the gallery owner and then to Blackmore himself, the two were persuaded to pack the piece up and ship it to Minnesota for the photo shoot. Which was surprising, since the going price for Blackmore’s black and white pot is a modest $35,000.

Potter Marvin Blackmore will not sell a piece unless it is absolutely 100 percent perfect.